Speaking ahead of his party’s spring conference next weekend, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today said that this conference is a chance to show that sharp elbows and consistent campaigning can change public policy and that liberal ideas can help everyone to achieve their potential, as he highlighted new policy proposals on closing the attainment gap, early years education and supporting survivors of domestic abuse.
On 22-23 February, members will gather in Hamilton to debate policy, share ideas and hear speeches from Mr Rennie, UK leader Vince Cable and UK deputy leader Jo Swinson.
Speaking ahead of the conference, Mr Rennie said:
“These are dramatic, turbulent and dangerous times for the UK.
“Liberal Democrats have been clear and united on the big issues facing the country.
“On opposition to Brexit we have led the argument, built support and refused to be cowed. Scottish Liberal Democrats have been out campaigning on high streets and in communities across the country.
“Whatever happens on Brexit we are clear that we are not going back to the way things were before in this country. People should demand better for the UK. People who play their part in their community should have the opportunity to get a decent job, afford their own home and rely on good public services, with a government on their side. That’s not the reality for millions of people in our country today.
“Our sharp elbows got the SNP to switch position and support a People’s Vote on Brexit. Years of campaigning by our MSPs got the Scottish Government to agree to make big changes in support of mental health, introduce extra childcare for children from the age of 2, and to bring in a pupil premium to help every child get the best start in education. We even persuaded the Scottish Conservatives that P1 testing of children was a bad idea.
“I want this conference to be a showcase for how liberal ideas can help everyone to achieve their potential, whether that be by boosting early years education, closing the attainment gap or supporting survivors of domestic abuse.
“This conference is a chance to show Scotland that the Liberal Democrats are not only growing, but a positive force for our country.”