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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 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.

Chamber meeting date: 22 February 2024

Inward Migration (Rest of the UK)

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "I am genuinely puzzled. Net migration to the UK was at 750,000 last year, but the population in Scotland is projected to decline. Why are we not managing to attract more of those 750,000 people?"

Chamber meeting date: 22 February 2024

Grangemouth Oil Refinery

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "Clearly, there has been a lot of activity, but I think that Richard Leonard is right. It sounds to most people in Grangemouth as though there has been a series of meetings, letters and dates for more meetings…

Chamber meeting date: 21 February 2024

Land and Rivers Management (Support for Farmers)

8. Willie Rennie: "To ask the Scottish Government what financial and advisory support is available to farmers to better manage land and rivers, including to prevent flooding. (S6O-03093)"

Chamber meeting date: 21 February 2024

Primary Care (Access)

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "I thank everyone who has taken part in the debate. I especially thank Tim Eagle for a fine first speech, which I thought was excellent. He showed his passion for Moray, and he has a good grasp of the issues that are at play…

Chamber meeting date: 21 February 2024

National Health Service Dentistry

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "In case members have not had enough of me, I will speak in this debate, too. In preparation, I asked for people’s experiences of NHS dentistry. I had a tidal wave of responses: indeed, I am still receiving responses this very day…

Votes

How Willie Rennie has voted in Parliament

Find out how Willie Rennie has voted recently.

Motion ref. S6M-12252

Scottish Rate Resolution

Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Supported by: George Adam, Tom Arthur, Joe FitzPatrick
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 22, 2024

Result 62 for, 54 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12248

Regulation of Legal Services (Scotland) Bill

Submitted by: Siobhian Brown, Ayr, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Supported by: Angela Constance
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Thursday, February 22, 2024

Result 62 for, 29 against, 25 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP abstained

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12215

Crisis in NHS Dentistry

Submitted by: Willie Rennie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Result 84 for, 32 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12215.1

Crisis in NHS Dentistry

Submitted by: Paul Sweeney, Glasgow, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Supported by: Carol Mochan
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Result 85 for, 31 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12214

Improving Access to Primary Care

Submitted by: Alex Cole-Hamilton, Edinburgh Western, Scottish Liberal Democrats. Date lodged: Monday, February 19, 2024

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Result 63 for, 53 against, 0 abstained, 13 did not vote

MSP voted against

Vote Passed

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. S6O-03093

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

"To ask the Scottish Government what financial and advisory support is available to farmers to better manage land and rivers, including to prevent flooding."

Taken in the Chamber on 21 February 2024

Question ref. S6O-03038

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 24 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on when it will deliver its commitment to reduce teacher class contact time by 90 minutes per week."

Taken in the Chamber on 1 February 2024

Question ref. S6T-01721

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 8 January 2024

"To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide funding for grants for those households and businesses flooded during Storm Gerrit, in light of it providing such funding for those affected by Storm Babet."

Taken in the Chamber on 9 January 2024

Question ref. S6W-23590

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 5 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that the University of Aberdeen is considering withdrawing its honours degrees in languages, cultures and societies."

Answered by Graeme Dey on 19 December 2023

Question ref. S6W-23589

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 5 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the reported reduction in the number of secondary school pupils studying modern languages."

Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 19 December 2023

Question ref. S6W-23591

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 5 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to ensure the sustainability of modern languages teaching in (a) schools, (b) universities and (c) colleges."

Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 19 December 2023

Question ref. S6W-23491

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 30 November 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government when it expects to publish its national action plan to tackle violence in schools."

Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 19 December 2023

Question ref. S6W-23532

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 4 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to improve and increase testing and monitoring for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment."

Answered by Mairi McAllan on 14 December 2023

Question ref. S6W-23531

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 4 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with Scottish Water regarding the utilisation of technologies for the removal of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from water."

Answered by Mairi McAllan on 14 December 2023

Question ref. S6W-23530

Asked by: Rennie, Willie, North East Fife, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 4 December 2023

"To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the recent campaign by the Royal Society of Chemistry to reduce levels of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in water, including by reducing the cap per individual PFAS type to 10 nanograms per litre."

Answered by Mairi McAllan on 14 December 2023

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