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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 their Constituency

Unit G3
Granary Business Centre
Coal Road
Cupar
KY15 5YQ

Phone: 01334 656361
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Cross-party groups

Willie is not a member of any cross-party groups

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: 7 October 2021

Scottish National Standardised Assessments

2. Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on how it plans to implement the recommendations made by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on Scottish national standardised assessments in its report, “Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence: Into the Future”. (S6O-00252)"

Chamber meeting date: 7 October 2021

Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "If they had not done so before, the value of and the need for unpaid carers have shone brightly throughout the pandemic. The bill is our commitment that recognises their commitment…

Chamber meeting date: 6 October 2021

Supreme Court Judgment

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "Months have been wasted, and it is children who have lost out. The Scottish Government knew that there was a problem, but it preferred to wait for a constitutional clash. It is depressingly predictable…

Chamber meeting date: 6 October 2021

Scotland in the World

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "The Government is rarely modest in its parliamentary motions, but I have to say that today’s motion verges on smug…

Education, Children and Young People Committee meeting date: 6 October 2021

Session 6 Priorities

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "Baselining that funding for the additional teachers will help, but I hope that you will also look at the funding for PEF. It is allocated on an annual basis, which has an impact on the temporary arrangements that are available to schools…

Votes

How Willie Rennie has voted in Parliament

Find out how Willie Rennie has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-01554

Carer's Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Ben Macpherson, Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Supported by: Shona Robison
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, October 7, 2021

Result 118 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 2 Amendment 7

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, October 7, 2021

Result 51 for, 67 against, 0 abstained, 11 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 2 Amendment 3

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, October 7, 2021

Result 51 for, 66 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 2 Amendment 2

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, October 7, 2021

Result 51 for, 66 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S6 SP Bill 2 Amendment 1

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, October 7, 2021

Result 50 for, 67 against, 0 abstained, 12 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-03476

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 4 October 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government when it will provide a substantive answer to question S6W-02293, which received a holding response on 13 September 2021."

Awaiting answer

Question ref. S6W-02293

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 16 August 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S6W-00855 by Humza Yousaf on 19 July 2021, whether it will provide equivalent information on (a)(i) amber- and (ii) yellow-coded calls and (b) the total number of calls responded to over the same period."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 4 October 2021

Question ref. S6O-00232

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 22 September 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the scale of unemployment among qualified teachers."

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville on 30 September 2021

Question ref. S6W-02027

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 2 August 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will commit to routinely publishing (a) details of when it has (i) sought and (ii) obtained Queen's consent and (b) associated correspondence in advance of the passage of legislation."

Answered by: George Adam on 26 August 2021

Question ref. S6W-02030

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 2 August 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will (a) provide details of what interests would determine whether it seeks Queen's consent under Rule 9…

Answered by: George Adam on 26 August 2021

Question ref. S6W-02028

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 2 August 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government how many times it has sought Queen's consent in each year since 2007, broken down by the (a) title of the legislation and (b) date on which consent was (i) sought and (ii) obtained."

Answered by: George Adam on 26 August 2021

Question ref. S6W-02029

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 2 August 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government which pieces of legislation have been amended as a result of exchanges prompted by Rule 9…

Answered by: George Adam on 26 August 2021

Question ref. S6W-00855

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 17 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-32985 by Joe FitzPatrick on 23 November 2020, whether it will provide an update on the figures to date."

Answered by: Humza Yousaf on 19 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-01008

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 1 July 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the decision of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales on 23 April 2021 to overturn the convictions of sub-postmasters and postmistresses convicted of theft, fraud and false accounting on the basis of flawed evidence from the Post Office’s Horizon system, what steps are being taken by the Crown…

Answered by: Dorothy Bain on 16 July 2021

Question ref. S6W-00599

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 10 June 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers fishing for sandeels in Scottish waters to be compatible with the protection of seabird populations, and with achieving Good Environmental Status."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 17 June 2021

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