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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

X (previously known as Twitter): @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 G1
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 17 previous roles

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

06 May 2021 - 27 August 2021

Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish Liberal Democrats

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 - 19 July 2021

Party Leader

Scottish Liberal Democrats

05 May 2016 - 04 May 2021

Party Leader

Scottish Liberal Democrats

29 May 2016 - 04 May 2021

Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish Liberal Democrats

08 September 2019 - 04 May 2021

Chief Whip

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

17 May 2011 - 23 March 2016

Party Leader

Scottish Liberal Democrats

12 November 2012 - 23 March 2016

Party Spokesperson on Economy

Scottish Liberal Democrats

12 November 2012 - 23 March 2016

Party Spokesperson on Infrastructure

Scottish Liberal Democrats

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

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 23 September 2022]

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Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

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.

[Ceased interest removed from entry: 23 September 2022]

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.

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.

Education, Children and Young People Committee meeting date: 12 June 2024

Pre-budget Scrutiny 2025-26

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "Good morning. We have heard considerable evidence about the financial outlook for further and higher education institutions—that is, colleges and universities…

Chamber meeting date: 5 June 2024

Early Learning and Childcare Provision

5. Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to propose a parliamentary debate on the provision of early learning and childcare. (S6O-03520)"

Education, Children and Young People Committee meeting date: 5 June 2024

Pre-budget Scrutiny 2025-26

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "I am sorry that I am not able to be with you in the room this morning. I am interested in following up on Liam Kerr’s question. Audit Scotland highlighted that four colleges were at potential risk of collapse…

Chamber meeting date: 29 May 2024

Flood Damage (Compensation for Farmers)

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "The minister knows that I am frustrated that there is no river catchment management plan, no clear advice for farmers about how they should manage water on their land and in the rivers, and no grants available for natural water management…

Chamber meeting date: 29 May 2024

Michael Matheson (Complaint)

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "We will vote in favour of the recommendation by the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee…

Votes

How Willie Rennie has voted in Parliament

Find out how Willie Rennie has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-13602.1

Scottish Government Priorities: Investing in Scotland’s Public Services

Submitted by: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 13, 2024

Result 24 for, 81 against, 0 abstained, 24 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-13602.2

Scottish Government Priorities: Investing in Scotland’s Public Services

Submitted by: Mark Griffin, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 13, 2024

Result 45 for, 61 against, 0 abstained, 23 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-13602

Scottish Government Priorities: Investing in Scotland’s Public Services

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Supported by: Neil Gray, Ivan McKee
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, June 13, 2024

Result 61 for, 46 against, 0 abstained, 22 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 34 Amendment 9

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Result 29 for, 79 against, 1 abstained, 20 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 34 Amendment 6

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Result 29 for, 81 against, 1 abstained, 18 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motions

Questions

Questions Willie Rennie has asked

These are the questions that this MSP has asked in Parliament. It also includes any answer to those questions.

Question ref. S6W-28203

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 14 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what the total registration rate for NHS dentistry amongst children has been in each of the last five years."

Answer expected on 28 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-28201

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 14 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what impact it expects the reported reduction in the intake of students to Bachelor of Dental Surgery courses in 2021 and 2022 will have on the future dental workforce."

Answer expected on 28 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-28200

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 14 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the forecast in the Dental Workforce in Scotland 2021 report that the supply of dentists will fall short of the number required to maintain current registration rates."

Answer expected on 28 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-28202

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 14 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the registration rate for NHS dentistry amongst children reportedly falling between 2019 and 2020, for the first time since 2006."

Answer expected on 28 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-27882

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 29 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how many P1 children have taken (a) one part and (b) both parts of the Scottish National Standardised Assessment since 20 September 2018, broken down by (i) academic year and (ii) local authority."

Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 12 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-28060

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 7 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government when it last met Sanjeev Gupta, and whether it will publish the minutes of any recent meetings that it has had."

Answer expected on 21 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-27766

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 22 May 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government how much it expects to spend on its partnership with Connect to establish a new national parent panel."

Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 7 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-28064

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 6 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-06379 by Ivan McKee on 23 February 2022, whether its position, regarding what would happen in the event that there was any environmental remediation attached to the site in the future, remains the same."

Answer expected on 20 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-28066

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 6 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-08347 by Ivan McKee on 16 May 2022, whether it can now provide a response on the status of the parent company guarantee that was signed with Liberty House."

Answer expected on 20 June 2024

Question ref. S6W-28058

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 6 June 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-12259 by Ivan McKee on 2 December 2022, whether any of the £7 million loan has been paid back, and on what date the last repayment was made by Liberty Steel."

Answer expected on 20 June 2024

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