Willie Rennie

Willie Rennie
MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife
Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats



Willie Rennie was Member of Parliament for Dunfermline and West Fife between 2006 and 2010 winning a stunning by-election from Labour. A Fifer, Willie lives in Kelty with his wife, Janet, and two young sons. He grew up in Strathmiglo, where his family ran the village shop and still live today. His grandfather was the local Minister and his mother was secretary of the local community association.

Willie went to college in Paisley and before his election worked for a small Scottish communications firm, helping advise the Royal Society of Chemistry and Asthma UK. A member of Dunfermline's Carnegie Harriers, he was runner-up in the Scottish Coal-Carrying Championships held in Kelty. While a student, he was Depute President of the Student Union and after graduating with a degree in biology went on to work for the party in Cornwall. Willie was Chief Executive of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and the Party's Chief of Staff at the Scottish Parliament between 1997 and 2001. When in Parliament he was a member of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee, Shadow Defence Minister and Chairman of the Lib Dems’ Campaigns and Communications Committee.

Willie had a reputation as an effective MP who got things done for his constituents including helping to abolish the bridge tolls, changing the law to protect female learner drivers from sex offenders, standing up for local jobs including at Longannet Power Station and Rosyth Dockyard and helping over 9000 constituents with their problems.


Diploma in Industrial Administration, Glasgow College, 1989 -1990
B.Sc. in Biology, Paisley College,1985- 1989
Bell Baxter High School, Cupar, Fife, 1979-1985

Parliamentary Experience:

MP for Dunfermline and West Fife 2006 - 2010

Marital Status:Married with two sons

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