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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 2 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Armed Forces and Veterans Community

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Pakistan

Deputy Convener

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.

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: 29 September 2022

Social Rented Sector (Affordability)

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "I agree with Bob Doris and the concerns that he has raised. I understand that this is a very difficult area, but we have very long waiting lists for people who are desperate for social housing…

Chamber meeting date: 29 September 2022

Warmer Homes Scotland Scheme

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "Over the past five years, home insulation schemes have been completed in fewer than 1,000 projects in my North East Fife constituency. That is 1,000 out of 40,000 homes. We are in the middle of a climate emergency and now a cost of living crisis…

Chamber meeting date: 29 September 2022

Excellence in Scottish Education

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "I think that the cabinet secretary is exaggerating. The apparent progress that she has alluded to is in comparison with 2019 figures. At the very best, progress is stagnant. Compared with the Covid years, there is a massive drop…

Chamber meeting date: 28 September 2022

Electoral Reform (Consultation)

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "I will spare the minister my full slide show from a recent visit to observe the Swedish election, but since we are on the subject of gaming, would the minister look at the Swedish system, which is the ultra-proportional open-list system, with 28 regions and a national rebalancing mechanism, as a means to avoid gaming of the electoral system in…

Chamber meeting date: 28 September 2022

Ferries

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "I congratulate the minister on getting through her whole speech without once mentioning the enormous elephant in the room: last night’s television documentary…

Votes

How Willie Rennie has voted in Parliament

Find out how Willie Rennie has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-06102

Excellence in Scottish Education

Submitted by: Shirley-Anne Somerville, Dunfermline, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Supported by: Clare Haughey, Jamie Hepburn
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Result 65 for, 50 against, 0 abstained, 14 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-06073

Addressing NHS Waiting Times

Submitted by: Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, September 26, 2022

Supported by: Sharon Dowey, Meghan Gallacher, Liam Kerr, Douglas Lumsden
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Result 65 for, 52 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-06102.3

Excellence in Scottish Education

Submitted by: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Result 29 for, 64 against, 23 abstained, 13 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-06102.1

Excellence in Scottish Education

Submitted by: Michael Marra, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Supported by: Paul Sweeney, Martin Whitfield
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Result 51 for, 65 against, 0 abstained, 13 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-06071

Scottish Government Handling of Ferry Contracts

Submitted by: Graham Simpson, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Monday, September 26, 2022

Supported by: Sharon Dowey, Liam Kerr
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, September 29, 2022

Result 64 for, 53 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

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-11125

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 22 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what effects the designation of an area as a Green Freeport will have on planning, protected areas or other regulations designed to protect the environment."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11124

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 22 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how it will consult with communities local to proposed Freeports as part of the bid assessment, and what the timescale is for any such consultation."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11126

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 22 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how it will consider the mitigation hierarchy as part of its assessment of Freeport bids, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-11116

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 22 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-10012 by Ivan McKee on 16 September 2022, what the outcome was of his officials raising the matter with the UK Government."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-10972

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 8 September 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how much was (a) budgeted for and (b) spent from the Tenant Grant Fund, broken down by each year that the Fund has been in operation."

Answered by: Shona Robison on 20 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-10012

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 27 July 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will take any steps to prevent looted steel from Ukraine being used in Scotland."

Answered by: Ivan McKee on 16 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-09385

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 28 June 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment has been carried out through the National Improvement Framework regarding the allocation of money from pupil equity funding to Police Scotland for police officers in schools."

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 7 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-10274

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 11 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how many businesses (a) have signed up to and (b) are eligible for the Scotland Loves Local gift card scheme, broken down by local authority area."

Answered by: Tom Arthur on 5 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-10276

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 11 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how much of the Scotland Loves Local Fund has been (a) allocated and (b) spent to date, on the Scotland Loves Local gift card scheme."

Answered by: Tom Arthur on 5 September 2022

Question ref. S6W-10275

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 11 August 2022

"To ask the Scottish Government how many people have applied for a Scotland Loves Local gift card since its launch in summer 2021."

Answered by: Tom Arthur on 5 September 2022

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