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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

Contact at the Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

Phone: 0131 348 5803
Text relay calls welcome.

Contact at their Constituency

G3
Granary Business Centre
Coal Road
Cupar
KY15 5YQ

Phone: 01334 656361
Text relay calls welcome.

Committees

Willie is not a member of any committees

Cross-party groups

Willie is a member of 9 cross-party groups

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Armed Forces and Veterans Community

Deputy Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Building Bridges with Israel

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Chronic Pain

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Gàidhlig

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Improving Scotland’s Health: 2021 and Beyond

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Life Sciences

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Pakistan

Co-Convener

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Towns and Town Centres

Member

Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on USA

Member

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 9 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

12 November 2012 - 23 March 2016

Party Spokesperson on Economy

Scottish Liberal Democrats

29 October 2014 - 23 March 2016

Devolution Further Powers Committee

Substitute Member

17 May 2011 - 23 March 2016

Party Leader

Scottish Liberal Democrats

12 November 2012 - 23 March 2016

Party Spokesperson on Infrastructure

Scottish Liberal Democrats

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 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).

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 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 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).

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

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

I am a Patron of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline.

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

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

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

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.

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: 13 January 2021

Polymerase Chain Reaction Tests

3. Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "Last week, the Scottish Government said that PCR tests are safer than lateral flow tests, but it is still not using the full capacity for PCR testing to hunt down the virus…

Chamber meeting date: 4 January 2021

Covid-19

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "I wish to express my condolences about the sad death of Kay Ullrich. There will be a price to pay for these measures in mental health, economic wellbeing, health services, inequality and loss of education…

Chamber meeting date: 30 December 2020

Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "The debate needs a bit of realism. The deal is going through because Boris Johnson has an 80-seat majority, he has his Eurosceptics on board and even the bulk of the Labour Party is backing it. No deal has therefore finally been taken off the table…

Chamber meeting date: 30 December 2020

Covid-19

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "The First Minister talks about the NHS being under pressure…

Chamber meeting date: 23 December 2020

Independence Referendum

4. Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "I thank everyone for their work over the past year. In particular, I thank key workers—nurses, doctors, train and bus drivers, teachers, supermarket workers, cleaners and others. From time to time, I have even thanked the First Minister…

Votes

How Willie Rennie has voted in Parliament

Find out how Willie Rennie has voted recently.

Motion ref. S5M-23815.2

Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

Submitted by: Ruth Davidson, Edinburgh Central, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Date lodged: Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Result 30 for, 94 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted against

Vote Defeated

Motion ref. S5M-23815

Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

Submitted by: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Supported by: Michael Russell
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Result 92 for, 30 against, 1 abstained, 6 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23815.3

Trade and Co-operation Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

Submitted by: Richard Leonard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour. Date lodged: Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Supported by: Anas Sarwar
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Result 94 for, 30 against, 0 abstained, 5 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5M-23768

Scottish General Election (Coronavirus) Bill

Submitted by: Graeme Dey, Angus South, Scottish National Party. Date lodged: Monday, December 21, 2020

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, Michael Russell
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Result 117 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 12 no vote

MSP voted for

Vote Passed

Motion ref. S5 SP Bill 77 Amendment 1

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Result 33 for, 86 against, 0 abstained, 10 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. 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-33462

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

"To ask the Scottish Government on what date the Coronavirus (COVID-19): ONS Infection Survey began in Scotland; how this compares with other parts of the UK, and, if there were different commencement dates, what the reason was for this."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 10 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33468

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

"To ask the Scottish Government which private companies are involved in the operation of the Coronavirus (COVID-19): ONS Infection Survey in Scotland; who they were contracted by, and whether it will place any details it holds on these contracts and their value in SPICe."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 10 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-33470

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

"To ask the Scottish Government when the aim of testing 15,000 participants per fortnightly period through the Coronavirus (COVID-19): ONS Infection Survey was set; on what date this was initially due to be achieved by; whether this has been met, and, if not, for what reasons, and how many have been tested in each fortnightly period since the survey…

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-33463

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

"To ask the Scottish Government what role it has in the oversight and operation of the fieldwork for the Coronavirus (COVID-19): ONS Infection Survey being conducted by the ONS and the University of Oxford on its behalf."

Answered by: Jeane Freeman on 10 December 2020

Question ref. S5W-33465

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

"To ask the Scottish Government, further to it stating that response rates for the Coronavirus (COVID-19): ONS Infection Survey were "higher than initially expected", whether it will provide details of what this involved, and what implications this had for the operation of the survey."

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

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