Willie Rennie stands for First Minister

Today I stood for election as First Minister to set out the Liberal Democrats priorities for the next five years of the Scottish Parliament. Education. Mental health services. The environment and civil liberties. These are all things that need to be at the top of the Holyrood agenda for the next five years. 

While we got the result that was expected it was important to make clear to Nicola Sturgeon that these are the issues that she will need to focus on once work at parliament starts in earnest next week.

This was my speech to MSPs at Holyrood:

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Seven days to be the best again

This election, I’m having the time of my life. We are running an uplifting campaign that is focusing on the big challenges that Scotland is facing today.

Everywhere I go, people come up to me to say how pleased they are that our party is campaigning strongly on education and that we are giving mental health the attention it has missed out on for years.

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Attainment figures must be published

Everyone knows that children in Scotland deserve the very best start in life.

A quality education is key to making Scotland the best again. It increases opportunity, boosts the economy and enables children to fulfil their potential.

We know that Scottish education used to be the best in the world. Now the OECD says it is just average.

I don’t think that is good enough.

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