Progressive, optimistic and outward looking - Willie Rennie's speech to conference

In his speech today, Willie Rennie spoke about how great it feels to be winning again in Scotland, the SNP's record in Government, what's coming in the next five years at Holyrood and on the SNP and the Tories - the terrible twins of Scottish Politics.

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First Minister has broken the consensus on the EU

Nicola Sturgeon has broken the Scottish cross party consensus that was built after the Brexit result just two months ago.  When my Scottish Parliament colleagues and I cast our votes at the end of a special parliamentary sitting in favour of exploring the options we were reassured by the First Minister that the motion was, “emphatically not”, about independence.   But, from that moment on, she has talked about little else, betraying those words she uttered in Parliament and consigning the consensus to the dustbin.

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Tory abstention on Holyrood EU vote is consistent with their whole approach - silence.

The EU referendum was designed to heal a rift in the Conservative party that has beset the party for decades. What it has delivered is a divided nation, economic turmoil and uncertainty over our place in the world.

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