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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

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 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 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 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 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]

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]

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 Director of the Miscarriages of Justice Organisation (MOJO).

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.

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: 29 June 2022

Covid-19 Recovery (Staff Shortages)

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "Following on from Jackie Dunbar’s question about the NHS, I am very concerned about the current state of primary care. Poor workforce planning means that Scotland is about 225 whole-time equivalent general practitioners short…

Chamber meeting date: 29 June 2022

Railway Station for Newburgh (STAG Appraisal)

6. Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "To ask the Scottish Government when it expects a decision to be reached on a railway station for Newburgh in Fife following the publication of the Newburgh and area Scottish transport appraisal guidance appraisal. (S6O-01297)"

Chamber meeting date: 29 June 2022

Salmon Scotland (Brexit)

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "I share the views that people have about the damage that has ben caused by Brexit, particularly to the seafood sector, including salmon. I have Pittenweem harbour in my constituency, and it is suffering because of it…

Chamber meeting date: 29 June 2022

Covid-19 Recovery (Staff Shortages)

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "Following on from Jackie Dunbar’s question about the NHS, I am very concerned about the current state of primary care. Poor workforce planning means that Scotland is about 225 whole-time equivalent general practitioners short…

Chamber meeting date: 29 June 2022

Child Poverty

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "The cabinet secretary contradicts herself: she said that the statement was not self-congratulatory and celebratory before asking Pam Duncan-Glancy for appreciation for the work that she has done. She needs to make up her mind…

Votes

How Willie Rennie has voted in Parliament

Find out how Willie Rennie has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-05254

Business Programme

Submitted by: George Adam, Paisley, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 63 for, 47 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-05235.3

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

Submitted by: Sarah Boyack, Lothian, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Supported by: Paul Sweeney
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 85 for, 25 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-05254.1

Business Programme

Submitted by: Stephen Kerr, Central Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, June 29, 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, 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 Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 47 for, 63 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6M-05154

Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Ash Regan, Edinburgh Eastern, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Supported by: Keith Brown
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 84 for, 0 against, 25 abstained, 20 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-05235.2

Northern Ireland Protocol Bill

Submitted by: Donald Cameron, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Result 25 for, 85 against, 0 abstained, 19 no vote

MSP voted against

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-09531

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

"To ask the Scottish Government how much it has spent on advertising and promoting the Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme in total; how much it spent on this prior to the interim voucher scheme, worth up to £400 per voucher, being extended, and how much it has spent on this since the interim voucher scheme was extended."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09530

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

"To ask the Scottish Government, regarding the Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme, how many interim vouchers worth up to £400 had been granted by the date applications closed; what the total value of vouchers awarded in this part of the scheme is; how many vouchers worth up to £5,000 have been granted, and what the total value of vouchers…

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09393

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

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Police Scotland regarding police officers being stationed in schools through the use of pupil equity funding."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09388

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

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-12058 by John Swinney on 31 October 2017, which states that “any school plans for using pupil equity funding must be grounded in evidence of what is known to be effective at closing the poverty related attainment gap”, what evidence it holds that police officers on…

Awaiting answer

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."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09392

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

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it has received any confirmation from (a) Glasgow City Council, (b) West Lothian Council, (c) South Lanarkshire Council, (d) North Ayrshire Council and (e) Fife Council that they will no longer use pupil equity funding for police officers in schools."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09387

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

"To ask the Scottish Government how it has ensured compliance with the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 in relation to the decisions to have police officers in schools, which involve the use of pupil equity funding."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09384

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

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6T-00784 by Shirley-Anne Somerville on 14 June 2022, whether it will provide a breakdown, by local authority, of the types of projects in schools involving Police Scotland."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09391

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

"To ask the Scottish Government what processes are in place to ensure that police officers, who are based in schools through the allocation of pupil equity funding, have discretion over the exercising of their powers when they are in school."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-09390

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

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will publish the evidence indicating that using pupil equity funding for police officers in schools is an effective measure at closing the poverty related attainment gap."

Awaiting answer

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