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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.


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  • Article: Apr 19, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has warned that the SNP's hokey-cokey dance on how they would introduce their full fiscal autonomy plans is a diversionary tactic.

    It comes after SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, speaking on the Marr Show, repeated recent SNP claims that it would seek to gradually introduce full fiscal autonomy.

    Ahead of the SNP's manifesto launch tomorrow (Monday 20th April), Mr Rennie challenged the SNP once and for all to explain how they would fill a £7.6bn black hole caused by their plans.

    Mr Rennie said:

    "The SNP's hokey cokey on full fiscal autonomy is a diversionary tactic from the £7.6bn black hole it would blow in public funds.

    "The party that once said independence could be done and dusted in 18 months now says their plans for full fiscal autonomy could take years. We know that the SNP have a habit of saying one thing in public and another in private.

    "So they need to come clean and tell voters how they plan to fill this £7.6bn hole in public funds - is it through cuts or tax hikes?

    "In each of our eleven held seats it is clear that if you want economic stability, investment in our NHS and a stronger Scotland, you must vote Lib Dem."

  • Article: Apr 19, 2015

    The Conservatives are not being honest about the scale of the cuts they want to inflict on the country.

    They are not being honest about how they intend to pay for their major new spending commitments.

    During the TV debates and in the Conservative manifesto, David Cameron repeatedly said that Tory cuts would only amount to 'the equivalent of a normal household saving just £1 a year in every £100 it spends'.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has called on people across Scotland to keep the economic recovery on track.

    The call comes as he published Liberal Democrat analysis which lays bare the devastating impact the SNP's full fiscal autonomy plans would have on communities across Scotland.

    People in Glasgow, dubbed by the SNP as "Yes city" could face a near £1bn hit to public services under the SNP's plans which would see an £8.4bn black hole in public finances.

    Earlier this week, the Scottish Liberal Democrat published a dossier showing how the SNP have centralised the life out of Scotland.

    Commenting on the full fiscal autonomy analysis, Danny Alexander said:

    "These devastating figures lay bare the true cost of the SNP's plans to communities across Scotland. It shows that voting SNP is risky business if you want strong public services.

    "Only Liberal Democrats have put forward costed and responsible plans to balance the books by 2018. We'd cut less than the Conservatives and borrow less than the SNP and Labour.

    "The SNP's full fiscal autonomy plans would be felt even harshly in Scotland after they cut the ties of pooling and sharing across the UK. Our analysis shows that in Glasgow, local services could face a £1bn hit to already stretched resources. In the Highland's, this would represent a cut of over £356m.

    "The SNP have centralized the life out of Scotland. Their full fiscal autonomy plans would flatline the beating heart of local communities.

    "This shows why, on May 7th, people need to vote Liberal Democrat in each of our eleven held seats so that we can stop the SNP and guarantee the economic recovery for all."

  • Article: Apr 18, 2015

    Commenting on Michael Gove's claim that the Conservatives will not do a deal with UKIP, a Liberal Democrat spokesperson has said that the danger of a right-wing bloc remains.

    The spokesperson said:

    "It is clear that David Cameron and Ed Miliband won't win this general election outright.

    "Michael Gove knows full well that there is a very real danger that BLUKIP - a bloc of right wingers from UKIP, the Conservatives and the DUP could hold the balance of power.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Business Minister Jo Swinson will set out how Liberal Democrat plans to boost NHS funds will bring mental health services for young people out of the shadows.

    Speaking on the campaign trail in East Dunbartonshire today, Ms Swinson warned that unless services are improved we risk seeing a lost generation of young people.

  • Article: Apr 18, 2015

    Liberal Democrats will make the UK the apprenticeship powerhouse of Europe by creating more new apprenticeship places per year than Germany. Central to the ambition is a commitment to double the number of employers offering apprenticeships to young people to 360,000 - as part of a big expansion of apprenticeships.

  • Article: Apr 17, 2015

    In a visit to the Liberal Democrat/SNP battleground constituency of Gordon today, where the race is between Liberal Democrat candidate Christine Jardine and former SNP Leader Alex Salmond, Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg will reach out to Labour and Conservative voters who do not want to be represented by an SNP MP.

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    Article: Apr 17, 2015

    New figures show that the rate of employment is at a new record high of 73.4 per cent.

    In the last three months, the number of jobs created increased by 248,000.

    During the quarter youth unemployment fell by 21,000 and 151,000 on the year.

    Commenting on the figures, Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable said:

  • Article: Apr 17, 2015

    Nick Clegg appeals to Labour and Conservative supporters to vote Liberal Democrat to beat the SNP

    In a visit to the Liberal Democrat/SNP battleground constituency of Gordon today, where the race is between Liberal Democrat candidate Christine Jardine and former SNP Leader Alex Salmond, Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg will reach out to Labour and Conservative voters who do not want to be represented by an SNP MP.

  • Article: Apr 17, 2015

    The country and economy would benefit from having Lib Dems in Government again, a letter signed by more than 50 business leaders has said.

    A host of leading company owners, employers and entrepreneurs said a stronger economy, a record number of jobs and improved living standards was down to the success of the Coalition.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2015

    Trade associations, business groups, NGOs and charities are all praising the Liberal Democrat manifesto, especially the five priorities we put on our front page:

    Prosperity for all

    "Business will welcome the clear emphasis on economic growth and a skilled workforce to deliver it. The fact this is at the heart of the manifesto shows a clear grasp of what the UK economy needs to propel it forwards." - EEF, The Manufacturers' Organisation

  • Article: Apr 16, 2015

    Trevor York joins the party leader for a day's campaigning on the Lib Dem battlebus.

    Nick Clegg stands up on a wobbly-looking chair in front of a packed south London campaign HQ.

    "This man is an absolute legend!" he says with a glance at a smiling Simon Hughes, who is standing at his side. "I don't know what kind of vitamins he's taking - but he's unstoppable." The Bermondsey and Old Southwark 'war room' - where the veteran MP is waging a determined fight to hold on to his tough inner city constituency - is the first stop on a whirlwind day's campaigning with the Lib Dem leader on his shiny new yellow battlebus.

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    Article: Apr 16, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg has issued a stark warning that BLUKIP, an alliance of right wing Tories, UKIP, and the DUP, could hold the balance of power after the election.

    He said:

    "Everyone knows that David Cameron and Ed Miliband won't win this general election outright.

    "That means that someone else will hold the balance of power on 8 May.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today published a dossier setting out the true impact of the SNP Government's centralisation agenda on local communities.

    The centralisation dossier sets out in detail how over the past seven years the SNP Government has systematically and categorically stripped powers from local communities.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2015

    Liberal Democrats have set out plans to outlaw caste discrimination, overhaul stop and search powers and tackle the BAME pay gap.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2015

    Liberal Democrats have set out plans to outlaw caste discrimination, overhaul stop and search powers and tackle the BAME pay gap.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg will issue a stark warning that BLUKIP, an alliance of right wing Tories, UKIP, and the DUP, could hold the balance of power after the election.

    Fears have already been raised about the prospect of a Labour-SNP coalition that would threaten our economic stability with excessive borrowing and put the future of the United Kingdom in the balance.

  • Article: Apr 15, 2015

    Over 60,000 two year olds each year could benefit from free childcare in Scotland by 2020, under major plans unveiled by Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP today.

    Mr Rennie, who has led a successful campaign in Scotland for the SNP to expand free childcare, today said the proposals were a once in a lifetime opportunity for more young people to get the best start in life.

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    Article: Apr 15, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats have released their 2015 General Election manifesto, describing it as a 'manifesto with opportunity at its heart'.

    The 33,000 word document is a detailed and credible plan to build both a stronger economy and a fairer society.

    The manifesto includes:

    ·Opportunity for children: with investment in education from nursery to 19 and qualified teachers in every classroom

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    Article: Apr 15, 2015

    The Liberal Democrat manifesto puts opportunity at its heart and sets out a plan to ensure every child has a world-class education.

    The party has announced a major new commitment to protect education funding for every child.

    This means protecting education spending per pupil in real terms over the next parliament, increasing the education budget as a whole.

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    Article: Apr 14, 2015

    Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

    "I would like to send my very best wishes to Sikh communities in the UK, India and around the world as you mark the festival of Vaisakhi and the birth of the Khalsa.

    "Towns and cities all over Britain will be enriched by the spectacular colour and energy of the magnificent celebrations that will soon fill our streets.

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    Article: Apr 14, 2015

    The Conservatives may have published their manifesto, but that doesn't mean they've told people what they're planning to do.

    In fact they've repeatedly refused to say where cuts will come from, including £12bn cuts to welfare, leaving many people uncertain about how badly they will be affected.

    All we know is their ideological obsession with cutting the size of the state will hit working families the hardest.

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    Article: Apr 14, 2015

    Liberal Democrats have announced plans to build 300,000 more homes a year and ensure everyone has a decent place to live.

    The manifesto plans announced by Nick Clegg include:

    • Bringing forward at least 10 new garden cities in England providing tens of thousands of high quality new homes.
    • Direct government commissioning of private house building to ensure houses are built at sufficient speed and have proper infrastructure and services.
    • A new Housing Investment Bank to provide long term capital for major new developments.
    • New Rent to Own homes where your monthly payments steadily buy you a stake in your house.
    • New Help to Rent scheme to help millions of young people put down a deposit to rent their first property.
  • Article: Apr 13, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP today repeated his calls for additional funding and support of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) across Scotland.

    It comes after the Scottish Children Services Coalition launched a campaign calling on the Scottish Government to allocate the £25m consequentials to CAMHS services in Scotland following a commitment made by Nick Clegg to the NHS in England.

  • Article: Apr 13, 2015

    The Liberal Democrats have launched a package of measures to shift the balance of power back in favour of consumers and commuters to ease the cost of living and save families hundreds of pounds a year. Our "Five Point Plan" comes on the back of the Lib Dem Digital Rights Bill that provides compensation for consumers who have their data misused online.

  • Article: Apr 13, 2015

    Nick Clegg has urged Labour to come clean about their plans to tackle the deficit, challenging Ed Miliband and Ed Balls to 'name the date' they will balance the books.

    It comes a day after the Liberal Democrats set out - in unprecedented detail - how they will get to grips with the current budget deficit and pay for their spending commitments.

  • Article: Apr 12, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has claimed Nicola Sturgeon has a broken promise the size of Ben Nevis after she again refused to rule out a second referendum whilst on today's leaders debate.

    Following questions from Willie Rennie, Nicola Sturgeon refused to rule out a second referendum in their 2016 manifesto despite every other leader explicitly ruling out the prospect. During the referendum the SNP continuously claimed it was a once in a generation vote.

    Commenting after today's debate, Mr Rennie said:

    "Emerging from the heat and light of today's debate came one clear fact: Nicola Sturgeon has a broken promise bigger than Ben Nevis.

    "It is now clear that the SNP will keep asking the question until they get the answer they want to hear. As they grind people down, the uncertainty will grind our economy down.

    "People need to know whether their vote for the SNP this time round will trigger a referendum in the SNP's manifesto in 2016. Nicola Sturgeon's refusal to answer this basic question makes clear that Scotland faces neverendum.

    "It matters because during the referendum we know the SNP took their eye off the ball. As a result, public services were neglected.

    "We have seen from Canada the economic impact of an uncertain constitutional environment. Quebec lost jobs and wealth. That damaged the province in the long term. I want a Scotland which builds a stronger ecoomy and a fairer society, balancing the books and delivering more powers. It is clear that only Liberal Democrats are willing and have the commitment to achieve that positive change."

  • Article: Apr 12, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat party president Sir Malcolm Bruce has said that the leaders debate on Sunday Politics this afternoon shows that only the Scottish Liberal Democrats have a costed economic plan.

    Whilst SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon refused to set out how she'd pay for her £40bn full fiscal autonomy plans and Conservative leader Ruth Davidson failed to set out where their £12bn of extra welfare cuts would fall, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie set out the full details of his party's plans to balance the books by 2018.

    Commenting, Sir Malcolm Bruce said:

    "This debate showed that the other parties are in a mess on the economy. Only Liberal Democrats have a fully costed plan to balance the books by 2018 and to do it fairly.

    "In each of our eleven seats the choice is clear. People can either have the stability of Lib Dems in government delivering more powers for Scotland, balancing the books by 2018 and delivering an £800m boost for Scotland's NHS. Or they can veer further from the economic path with the SNP's plans to borrow even more than Labour. You cannot have a fairer society without a stronger economy. Willie Rennie today set out how, with Liberal Democrats, you can have both."

  • Article: Apr 12, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has challenged Nicola Sturgeon to abandon her accelerated pathway to another referendum which she announced at the BBC Leaders Debate in Aberdeen.

    Mr Rennie has warned that the uncertainty would have a damaging impact on the economic recovery.

    It would mean that the SNP have gone back on their commitment that there would be no new independence referendum for a lifetime.

  • Article: Apr 12, 2015

    Borders Liberal Democrat Michael Moore today said that as the second full week of general election campaigning draws to a close, only the Liberal Democrats have a fully-costed plan to increase investment in Scotland's NHS and give doctors and nurses the support they need.

    Speaking as he was joined on the campaign trail in the Borders by Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Don Foster, Mr Moore said that by committing to Simon Steven's Five Year Forward View, the Liberal Democrats would invest £17bn more than the Tories and £7bn more than Labour in the NHS.