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Willie Rennie MSP Leader of the Scottish Liberal DemocratsThe Liberal Democrats are working to build a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling everyone to get on in life.

That's why in Government we have given 24 million people a £700 tax cut, created 1 million jobs and helped 1.5 million apprentices.

We are the only party that can anchor Britain in the centre ground, ensuring we have sustainable growth and equality of opportunity.

Labour can't be trusted with the economy, in government they would drag Britain to the left, borrowing too much, spending too much and risking the recovery.

And the Conservatives can't be trusted to treat people fairly. If Liberal Democrats weren't in Government, the Tories would focus attention on the best-off, let employers fire staff without cause and allow schools to be run for profit.

Only the Liberal Democrats can be trusted to build a stronger economy in a fairer society, enabling every person to get on in life.


Recent updates

  • Article: Jul 27, 2014

    Today Nick Clegg raised the question on whether Russia should host the World Cup in 2018, considering the events taking place in Ukraine.

    Speaking in an interview for the Sunday Times, Nick Clegg said: "If Russia doesn't change tack on Ukraine, I'm not sure why the World Cup in Russia should go ahead in a rogue state".

  • Article: Jul 25, 2014

    The Berwick Liberal Democrats stormed to victory in the rural ward of Longhoughton (Northumberland CC) today as Kate Caines gained the seat.

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    The division which had not seen such a competitive election in a long time. The Conservatives came second with 23.5%, an Independent came third (13.9%), UKIP were fourth with 9.8% and Labour trailed in last with 3.2%.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2014

    I write this while on a visit to India. A few weeks ago I was in the US, and I've just left China. Why? These three countries are the world's biggest emitters and the series of meetings I'm having all focus on paving the way for a global climate change deal next year. In the UK, and with our partners across the EU we are gaining momentum for an ambitious deal, which I hope will result in a domestic EU target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. But, the EU acting alone will not be enough - we need to take the rest of the world with us.

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    Article: Jul 25, 2014

    Vince Cable writes about the good news regarding the rise in Britain's economy:

    At some point over the last month or so, we passed, without fanfare, one of the most important economic milestones of the last six years - the UK economy is now bigger than it was before the recession began in 2008. Today's GDP figures are the official confirmation that we have now returned to pre-recession levels.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2014

    Commenting on the latest UK GDP figures, which have revealed that theWillie RennieWillie Rennie UK economy is now at pre-crisis levels, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "This must be a difficult day for the doom-mongers. The steady economic recovery continues thanks to a combination of the hard work and ingenuity of the country and the economic plan delivered by this government.

    "When the Liberal Democrats formed the government four years ago we did so to provide a stable government and to deliver the economic recovery Britain required. There's more work to be done but without the Liberal Democrats in government the progress made would not have been possible."

  • Article: Jul 25, 2014

    Liberal Democrats have cleared up Labour's economic mess with GDP now above pre-crash levels, new figures show.

    The UK economy is now larger than before the financial crisis in 2008 according to ONS quarterly data released today.

    It comes as the IMF predicted Britain will be the fastest-growing advanced economy in 2014.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrats in the North East have this week selected Mike RumblesMike Rumbleslocal resident Mike Rumbles to be their candidate for the Aberdeenshire West constituency at the next Scottish Parliamentary elections to be held in 2016.

    Mr Rumbles was elected to the first Scottish Parliament in 1999 and served the people of West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine for 12 years before boundary changes abolished his constituency.

    Commenting, Mr Rumbles said:

    "I have been delighted by the very many local people who have asked me to stand again for the Scottish Parliament here in Aberdeenshire. It was heartening to receive over 80 percent of the votes of local Liberal Democrat members during the selection process.

    "I am determined to ensure that once again the people of Aberdeenshire West have a local resident able to represent them in the Scottish Parliament who is willing to fight against the SNP government's closure of local facilities such as the Aboyne Maternity Unit, their centralisation of local police services and their abject failure after 7 years in Government to get on with transport projects around the North East."

    Local MP Sir Robert Smith said in congratulating Mike on his selection:

    "I am delighted Mike has decided to stand again for the Scottish Parliament. Having worked with him since he was first elected in 1999 I know he will speak up strongly for his constituents. Together with our local councillors we will make up a strong Liberal Democrat team serving the people of West Aberdeenshire."

  • Article: Jul 24, 2014

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) published its latest update to the World Economic Outlook report today, showing good news for Britain's economy.

    The IMF project that the UK will be the fastest growing major advanced economy in 2014, expecting the UK to grow by 3.2% this year and 2.7% in 2015.

    The new figures predicted by IMF for 2014 are double the amount predicted last year, confirming that Britain is powering ahead faster than expected.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2014

    Nick Clegg paid a visit to Pride House in Glasgow today to hear about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights across the Commonwealth and sports.

    Almost 80% of Commonwealth countries (42 out of 53 countries) represented in Glasgow this week criminalise homosexuality in some way. Pride House is an LGBT space set up to promote diversity at the Games and within the Commonwealth.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2014

    The number of small and medium-sized businesses supported through the Regional Growth Fund has trebled over the past year to 5,100, helping businesses to create more jobs and expand into new markets.

    The Regional Growth Fund, introduced by Liberal Democrats in Government, is strengthening Britain's economy and making a big difference to local communities. Through supporting business of all sizes and sectors, new job and apprenticeship opportunities are opening up across Britain.