Rennie: Lib Dems will grow at 2016 election

The Scottish Parliament will have a stronger liberal voice in a few weeks’ time the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats predicted today.

As Parliament dissolves ahead of May’s election Willie Rennie MSP has said the number of Scottish Liberal Democrat MSPs will grow thanks to the party’s record of action at Holyrood over the last five years and a bold plan for the future.

He highlighted the positive, liberal proposals his party has put forward including a penny on income tax for education, equal status for mental health, exceeding our climate change targets and protecting civil liberties.

Mr Rennie said: “The Scottish Liberal Democrats have punched well above their weight at Holyrood over the last five years, effectively challenging the SNP Government on the issues that matter in Scots’ daily lives.

“Our dogged determination on the police has exposed unaccountable, industrial-scale stop-and-search. We were the first to talk about early education for two-year-olds, badgering SNP Ministers until they agreed to our policy. And we have led the way on mental health – too often treated as the poor relation in our NHS.

“I’m incredibly proud of the work all of our MSPs have done – we have been the only liberal voices at Holyrood for the last five years.

“We are approaching this election with a big, bold, liberal offer and our positive and progressive proposals will have a transformational effect on society. Scotland needs more liberals at Holyrood and we will grow at this election.”

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