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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

Committees

Willie is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Willie is not a member of any cross-party groups

Parliamentary and Government Roles

Willie has 1 parliamentary and government role

Parliamentary Bureau

Member

Party Roles

Willie has 3 party roles

Chief Whip

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Party Leader

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Party Spokesperson on Finance

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Previous roles

Willie has had 6 previous roles

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

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 23 May 2016.

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 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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

Until November 2012 I was a Board Member of Newton’s Apple Science Charity.

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.

Until June 2012 I was a Board Member of Fife Housing Association.

I am a Trustee of the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther. I receive no remuneration for this role. [Registered 11 June 2019]

I am a Patron of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline.

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

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

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: 12 April 2021

Motion of Condolence

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "I associate myself with all the fitting tributes that have been made today and over the weekend. I used to wear a badge on my lapel—it was a little blue man. The Duke of Edinburgh spotted it at a reception…

Chamber meeting date: 24 March 2021

Education (Attainment)

3. Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "What the First Minister has just described should be the spirit of the Scottish Parliament and we all have a responsibility to try and live up to that…

Chamber meeting date: 24 March 2021

Greensill Capital UK (Administration)

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "Five years ago, the Government told us that the multiplier and supply chain impacts in Lochaber would be worth 2,000 jobs. Are we ever going to see those jobs? What discussions did the cabinet secretary have with Mr Gupta about creating those jobs?"

Chamber meeting date: 24 March 2021

Motion of Thanks

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "A most unfortunate juxtaposition. I have found the most rewarding moments of the parliamentary session to be when we have put aside the usual tensions and knuckled down to make life better…

Chamber meeting date: 23 March 2021

Covid-19 (Reflections and Next Steps)

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "It is the little things—the things that we took for granted—that I think we now miss most, such as hugging our mums, walking in the mountains and coffee mornings. My wife has certainly missed her Zumba classes…

Votes

How Willie Rennie has voted in Parliament

Find out how Willie Rennie has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-24270

Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Emma Harper, South Scotland, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Result 120 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 9 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24292

Motion of No Confidence

Submitted by: Ruth Davidson, Edinburgh Central, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Thursday, March 4, 2021

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Bill Bowman, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Peter Chapman, Maurice Corry, Murdo Fraser, Maurice Golden, Jamie Greene, Jamie Halcro Johnston, Rachael Hamilton, Alison Harris, Liam Kerr, Gordon Lindhurst, Dean Lockhart, Tom Mason, Margaret Mitchell, Edward Mountain, Oliver Mundell, John Scott, Graham Simpson, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Adam Tomkins, Annie Wells, Brian Whittle
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 31 for, 65 against, 27 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP abstained

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-24271

Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Neil Bibby, West Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 111 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 18 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24238

European Charter of Local Self-Government (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Andy Wightman, Lothian, Independent. Date lodged: Thursday, February 25, 2021

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Result 114 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 15 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-24396.1

National Mission to Reduce Drug Deaths and Harms

Submitted by: Brian Whittle, South Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Supported by: Donald Cameron
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, March 18, 2021

Result 43 for, 69 against, 1 abstained, 16 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. S5W-35016

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 5 February 2021

"To ask the Scottish Government, by what date it will provide a substantive response to question S5W-33758, which received a holding answer on 17 December 2020."

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon on 24 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-33758

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 3 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government by what date it expects people with cancer to receive the COVID-19 vaccine."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 19 March 2021

Question ref. S5W-33760

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 3 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how it is supporting people with blood cancer to make informed choices during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how it is supporting them to put their choices into practice."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 22 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33759

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 3 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the financial support available to people with blood cancer who live in areas with high COVID-19 rates and who cannot work from home, and whether it is considering any changes to this."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 22 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33467

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 23 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many staff are working in Scotland on the Coronavirus (COVID-19): ONS Infection Survey, broken down by (a) role, (b) qualifications required and (c) level of pay; who they are employed by; how many survey teams there are, and how current staff numbers compare with forecasts."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 16 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33761

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 3 December 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how its National Cancer Recovery plan has helped blood cancer patients, and what unmet needs it has identified."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 16 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33471

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 23 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what the sample size has been for the Coronavirus (COVID-19): ONS Infection Survey in each week since it began, and how this compares with other parts of the UK."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 10 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33469

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 23 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) scheduled, (b) completed and (c) missed visits to participant households there have been in each week since the Coronavirus (COVID-19): ONS Infection Survey began in Scotland, and how this compares with other parts of the UK."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 10 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33466

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 23 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government how many households were invited to participate in the Coronavirus (COVID-19): ONS Infection Survey; how many of these households agreed to participate (a) on a one-off basis, (b) for a month or (c) regularly, and how many households that agreed to participate have not been involved in the survey in each week since it…

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 10 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33472

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 23 November 2020

"To ask the Scottish Government what level of asymptomatic testing for surveillance has been achieved through the Coronavirus (COVID-19): ONS Infection Survey in Scotland in each week since it began."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 10 December 2020

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