Willie Rennie’s week – a whirlwind start to the campaign featuring children, animals and the other party leaders

You can tell there’s an election on. This week, Willie Rennie has painted Easter eggs, sung songs with children at a nursery, visited a farmers’ market and fed seals.

Here’s a look at a whirlwind week in Scotland. Some of it is quite funny.


Willie was supposed to be going to Amazon in Dunfermline to discuss working practices and pay with employees. At the last minute, Amazon cancelled the meeting. Undeterred, Willie went anyway and recorded this video outside the depot:

Locked outToday, I was supposed to visit Amazon in Dunfermline.At the last minute, they cancelled the visit, because they were too embarrassed to let me see conditions in the center – and too embarrassed by the wages they pay their staff.Big companies like Amazon, that receive government grants, should pay their staff the living wage.That’s why we will never pay government grants to companies that don’t pay the living wageAgree? Add your name here: scotlibdems.org.uk/livingwage

Posted by Willie Rennie on Monday, 21 March 2016


He was on Scotland 2016 to talk about the SNP’s tax plans, or lack of them. In short, they say they can raise £1.2 billion without anyone paying any more tax. That seems to defy the laws of any sort of finance.

Last night I was on Scotland 2016 talking about the SNP’s tax plans and challenged John Swinney’s claims over what this would mean for public services. The truth is that their plans will not raise an extra penny to invest in schools and deliver the transformation in education that we need.

Posted by Willie Rennie on Wednesday, 23 March 2016


He kicks off the Holyrood campaign with piece calling for more Strong Liberal Voices at Holyrood:


This is my personal favourite of the week. Visiting an Edinburgh nursery with Edinburgh Western candidate Alex Cole-Hamilton to highlight the importance of early years education, he got right into the singalong:

Later that evening, the first leaders’ debate took place. That wasn’t nearly so harmonious:

The First Leader’s debateLast night,was the first #LeadersDebate of the Scottish Parliament election. Just incase you missed it, here are some of the highlights from last night’s debate, including our plans for education, Scotland’s new tax powers and what I’d say to President Trump:

Posted by Willie Rennie on Friday, 25 March 2016


The rural economy was the theme today. Willie visited Loch Leven Larder and painted Easter eggs with some children:

Later he launched Katy Gordon’s campaign for the West of Scotland.


They say never work with children and animals. Willie has done both this week. Here he is feeding the seals with Mid Scotland and Fife candidate Peter Barrett at Deep Sea World in North Queenferry:


This morning he was at the Stokcbridge Farmers’ Market with Edinburgh Central candidate Hannah Bettsworth.

This morning Willie Rennie & Hannah Bettsworth for Edinburgh Central and Lothian were on the campaign trail meeting Easter shoppers and stall holders at Stockbridge Market.

Posted by Scottish Liberal Democrats on Sunday, 27 March 2016

There’s only another 5 weeks and 4 days to go…

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  • nigel hunter 27th Mar '16 - 10:55pm

    Are the SNP hoping for an income from the oil revenues or are they waiting for their Conservative masters to come up with the money? The Living Wage? this will only come in 2020 when thew mooney MIGHT be enough to live on, until then it is only this years increase in the minimum wage.

  • nigel hunter 27th Mar '16 - 10:58pm

    Oops !!!!, should read the money MIGHT be enough to live on. Too much booze watching the telly.

  • Tony Dansfield 28th Mar '16 - 6:12am

    Nigel, we had a golden opportunity to shape the constitution in a liberal direction during the coalition, but Clegg fluffed it.

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