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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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Willie Rennie

Scottish Liberal Democrats

MSP for North East Fife (Constituency) 2016 - present day

Former MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife (Region) 2011 - 2016

About Willie Rennie

Contact details

Contact online

Post-d: @willie_rennie

Facebook: Willie's facebook

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5804
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at local office

Unit G3
Granary Business Centre
Coal Road
Cupar
KY15 5YQ

Phone: 01334 656361
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Willie is a member of 1 cross-party group

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Willie does not have any parliamentary or government roles

Party Roles

Willie has 3 party roles

Party Spokesperson on Communities

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Party Spokesperson on Economy

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Party Spokesperson on Education

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Previous roles

Willie has had 11 previous roles

Previous roles in cross-party groups are not included in this list.

06 May 2021 - 27 August 2021

Party Spokesperson on the Constitution

Scottish Liberal Democrats

06 May 2021 - 27 August 2021

Party Spokesperson on Europe and External Relations

Scottish Liberal Democrats

06 May 2021 - 27 August 2021

Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish Liberal Democrats

06 May 2021 - 19 July 2021

Party Leader

Scottish Liberal Democrats

15 November 2017 - 04 May 2021

Parliamentary Bureau

Member

08 November 2016 - 25 September 2019

Equalities and Human Rights Committee

Substitute Member

08 November 2016 - 18 September 2019

Health and Sport Committee

Substitute Member

11 May 2016 - 17 May 2016

Parliamentary Bureau

Member

29 October 2014 - 23 March 2016

Devolution Further Powers Committee

Substitute Member

01 November 2012 - 29 October 2014

Referendum Scotland Bill Committee

Substitute Member

09 June 2011 - 01 May 2012

Scotland Bill Committee

Member

Register of interests

Willie's register of interests

MSPs must provide details of their financial interests in the Register of Interests. They make an initial statement on becoming or being returned as an MSP. This is then updated with any changes they provide.

Here is the register for Willie Rennie. The date of their initial statement was 14 May 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking

No registrable interests

Gifts

From 16 September 2013 to July 2015 I was in receipt of a donation of £18,000 per annum from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd (an organisation which funds political campaigns in the United Kingdom to promote democratic reform, civil liberties and social justice, of The Garden House, Water End, York, YO30 6WQ) for the services of a part-time researcher who worked in my office.

Overseas visits

From 25 to 28 November 2010 I visited Macedonia with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (of Artillery House, 11/19 Artillery Row, London, SW1P 1RT) to train politicians for democracy enhancement. Accommodation and travel costs of £1,300 were paid for by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (which supports the consolidation of democratic practices and institutions in developing democracies). [Amended interest 23 September 2021, ceased interest 23 September 2021]

From 16 to 20 December 2010 I visited Sri Lanka with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (of Artillery House, 11/19 Artillery Row, London, SW1P 1RT) to train politicians for democracy enhancement. Accommodation and travel costs of £1,700 were paid for by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (which supports the consolidation of democratic practices and institutions in developing democracies). [Amended interest 23 September 2021, ceased interest 23 September 2021]

From 24 to 28 May 2008 I visited Israel and the Palestinian Authority with the Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel (LDFI) (of PO Box 57769, London, NW11 1GF). Air travel, some ground travel within Israel and the West Bank and some hospitality, to a total estimated value of £1,200 was paid for by LDFI (which supports and promotes policies which lead to peace and security for Israel in the context of a comprehensive and lasting Middle East peace settlement). Accommodation costs of approximately £500 were paid for by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (of 9 Yitzhak Rabin Blvd, Kiryat Ben-Gurion, Jerusalem 91035). [Amended interest 23 September 2021, ceased interest 23 September 2021]

From 19 to 23 February 2011 I visited Kurdistan with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (of Artillery House, 11/19 Artillery Row, London, SW1P 1RT) to train politicians for democracy enhancement. Accommodation and travel costs of approximately £1,500 were paid for by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (which supports the consolidation of democratic practices and institutions in developing democracies). [Amended interest 23 September 2021, ceased interest 23 September 2021]

From 25 February to 1 March 2007 I visited Washington DC to discuss the issues of UK/US defence trade, especially technology transfer issues, and UK/US defence policy. All travel and accommodation (approximately £2,500) was paid for by the UK Defence Forum (a non-partisan and not-for-profit organisation, of Grainger Suite, Dobson House, Regent Centre, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 3PF, which informs the defence, security and peace debate by enabling politicians, diplomats, senior members of the armed forces, public servants, defence professionals, academics and others to exchange information and views on the future challenges of Britain's defence). [Amended interest 23 September 2021, ceased interest 23 September 2021]

From 4 to 6 February 2011 I visited Montenegro with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (of Artillery House, 11/19 Artillery Row, London, SW1P 1RT) to train politicians for democracy enhancement. Accommodation and travel costs of approximately £1,300 were paid for by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (which supports the consolidation of democratic practices and institutions in developing democracies). [Amended interest 23 September 2021, ceased interest 23 September 2021]

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

On 17 September 2021 I received an overnight stay and a meal from the Marine and Lawn Rusacks Hotel (of Pilmour Links, St Andrews, KY 169JQ). This was to mark the refurbishment of the hotel. The value of this was approximately £400 and I do not consider that this meets the prejudice test. [Registered 23 September 2021]

I am a Patron of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline.

I am a Trustee of the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther. I receive no remuneration for this role.

I am Director of the Miscarriages of Justice Organisation (MOJO).

From September 2011 to July 2012 I received research and administrative support from a Christian Action Research and Education (CARE) intern. The nominal cost to CARE of providing this intern fell below the threshold for registration.

I am a Patron of the International Fire and Rescue Association.

Recent Activity

What was said

What Willie Rennie has said in Parliament

These are the official transcripts of what was said by this MSP in the chamber and at committee meetings. You'll find the topic discussed and how many times this MSP has contributed to the discussion.

Chamber meeting date: 24 May 2022

ScotRail (Revised Timetable)

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "The minister has to accept that this has been an utter failure of industrial relations on the part of the Government…

Chamber meeting date: 24 May 2022

European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill and United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "People expect our two Governments to be able to work together, but, to be frank, that relationship has been atrocious for years. The responsibility for that lies with both Governments, and pointing the finger does not help…

Chamber meeting date: 18 May 2022

Human Rights (Incorporation of Treaties)

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "There is frustration about the lack of progress on incorporation of the UNCRC…

Chamber meeting date: 18 May 2022

Scottish Attainment Challenge

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "Oliver Mundell was bang on with that latter point. At the very least, you would expect the education secretary, if no other minister, to champion education…

Votes

How Willie Rennie has voted in Parliament

Find out how Willie Rennie has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-04567.1

Keeping Care Close to Home and Improving Outcomes

Submitted by: Paul O'Kane, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Monday, May 23, 2022

Supported by: Carol Mochan, Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Result 21 for, 97 against, 3 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-04607.1

Revision to Business Programme

Submitted by: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Russell Findlay, Murdo Fraser, Meghan Gallacher, Maurice Golden, Pam Gosal, Jamie Greene, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Craig Hoy, Liam Kerr, Stephen Kerr, Dean Lockhart, Douglas Lumsden, Edward Mountain, Oliver Mundell, Douglas Ross, Graham Simpson, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Sue Webber, Annie Wells, Tess White, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Result 53 for, 68 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-04607

Revision to Business Programme

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Result 96 for, 24 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP not voted

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-04567

Keeping Care Close to Home and Improving Outcomes

Submitted by: Kevin Stewart, Aberdeen Central, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, May 23, 2022

Supported by: Maree Todd, Humza Yousaf
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Result 68 for, 54 against, 0 abstained, 7 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-04567.2

Keeping Care Close to Home and Improving Outcomes

Submitted by: Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, May 23, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Result 33 for, 86 against, 0 abstained, 10 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motions

Written questions

Written questions Willie Rennie has submitted in Parliament

These are the questions that this MSP has asked the Scottish Government about its work. It also includes any answer to these questions.

Question ref. S6W-08502

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 12 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-36131 by Maree Todd on 23 March 2021, what percentage of the 435 equity and excellence leads are in post; how many of the posts are vacant, and on what date all posts were filled, including where the post-holder has since moved on."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08503

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 12 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what (a) grants and (b) loans it has provided to Petroineos during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what the value of any such grants and loans was."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08505

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 12 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what (a) grants and (b) loans it has provided to Ineos during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what the value of any such grants and loans was."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-08347

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 6 May 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-05329 by Ivan McKee on 27 January 2022, whether the parent company guarantee that was signed with Liberty House in 2016 could be affected by the reported visits to Liberty Steel offices by the Serious Fraud Office as part of its investigation of GFG Alliance."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-07556

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 30 March 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what action it (a) can take and (b) is taking to ensure that the Consul General of China does not have any undue influence over local or national politics in Scotland."

Answered by: Angus Robertson on 27 April 2022

Question ref. S6W-07561

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 24 March 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-07058 by Neil Gray on 14 March 2022, whether it will provide further details of the steps that it has taken to ensure that Hong Kong residents coming to the UK through the British National (Overseas) visa scheme are encouraged to resettle in Scotland."

Answered by: Neil Gray on 12 April 2022

Question ref. S6W-07567

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 4 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it has made an assessment of the level and nature of financial investment from China in universities in Scotland."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-07570

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 4 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it has made an assessment of Scotland’s foreign direct investment in China since the establishment of the Scottish Parliament in 1999."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-07569

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 4 April 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the current overall level of financial investment from China in Scotland."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-07563

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 25 March 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on how many Confucius Institute branches are active in universities in Scotland."

Awaiting answer

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