Protecting the environment is in the Lib Dem’s DNA

We understand the need for sustainability. Just like Gladstone and Campbell Bannerman’s land and agricultural reforms which created a more sustainable form of ownership and management we understand the need to husband our resources too.

That is why our foresight on climate change, energy security and food leads us to advocate long term solutions.

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Rennie commits to climate change action

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has today backed an agreement to act on climate change.

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Putting Local Democracy back into Scottish Policing

At the weekend I put forward plans to inject local democracy back into Scottish policing.

Police Scotland has been on its knees following the centralisation of the force, the use of industrial scale stop and search, armed police, dysfunctional control rooms and excessive top down targets and controls.

There have been serious questions about the effectiveness of the Scottish Police Authority and the removal of local influence and accountability. The Authority has been largely ineffective at holding Police Scotland bosses to account during numerous crises.

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Lib Dems seek to put democracy back in policing

Scottish Liberal Democrats are to seek to put democracy back into Scottish policing, it has been revealed today.

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Scotland’s parties can embarrass Tories into action on migrant crisis

Tim Farron has urged Scotland’s parties to embarrass the Tories into action on the Calais migrant crisis.

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Resignation of Chief Constable won't solve Police Scotland problems

Commenting on news that Chief Constable Stephen House is to step down, Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie said:

"Decapitating the Chief Constable won't solve the deep rooted problems in Police Scotland. A new chief carrying on as if nothing is wrong will cement the problems rather than solve them.

"The early resignation of Chief Constable Stephen House reveals the chaos at the heart of Police Scotland. Yet, this isn't about the job of one man at the top but recovering the fortunes of the wider police force which is in the doldrums.

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The Radical Centre

Tonight, I'll be giving a speech in Aberdeen, to lay out where I believe the Liberal Democrats are in Scottish politics - the radical centre.

I'll be speaking to the SCDI and I plan to make clear the desperate need for a party of the radical centre in Scotland - with the SNP and Labour veering ever more to the left and the Tories - unrestrained by the Liberal Democrats ever more to the right.

You can read my speech in full below:

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Hume urges Mental Health Officer boost

Scottish Liberal Democrats have repeated calls to the Scottish Government to boost the number of Mental Health Officers in Scotland. 

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Rennie positions party in radical centre ground

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Willie Rennie MSP, will today (Wednesday 26th) firmly position his party in the radical centre ground in advance of the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections.

Speaking at an SCDI event in Aberdeen, Mr Rennie will warn that the need for a centre ground party has never been greater as the SNP and Labour veer further leftwards, and the Tories further rightwards. 

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Tribute to Charles Kennedy

On Monday evening I spoke in tribute to Charles Kennedy in a memorial service in Dingwall. This is what I said:

 

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