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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 8 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

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

12 November 2012 - 23 March 2016

Party Spokesperson on Economy

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

MSP's 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 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).

Controlled transactions

No registrable interests

Heritable property

No registrable interests

Interest in shares

No registrable interests

Voluntary

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.

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.

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.

Shielding (Categorisation and Support)

Willie Rennie made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 25 June 2020

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "I am interested in advice for the over-70s, many of whom have been shielding unnecessarily for several months. We need some clarity for those people as the advice for those shielding and others is changing…

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Homelessness

Willie Rennie made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 25 June 2020

Willie Rennie: "That shows what can be done in an emergency, and I hope that we do not lose the progress that we have made in the past few months by getting people into secure homes. Of course, their homes need to be suitable for the long term…

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Full-time Schooling

Willie Rennie made 2 Contributions to this discussion

Chamber - 24 June 2020

4. Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "I know that we have our differences, but I want to thank the First Minister for her work and personal efforts over the past three months. Daily press conferences and extensive behind-the-scenes work will have taken a toll on her…

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Education Recovery

Willie Rennie made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 23 June 2020

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "I welcome the decision, as will thousands of concerned parents across the country. However, the Deputy First Minister cannot seriously claim that there was a sudden change in the control of the virus…

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Local Government Finance (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020 [Draft]

Willie Rennie made 1 Contribution to this discussion

Chamber - 23 June 2020

Willie Rennie (North East Fife) (LD): "Liberal Democrats will also support the order. Andy Wightman is right to say that we have not been provided with the details, although we knew broadly the sums of money in question because they have been pre-announced at various stages…

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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.

S5O-04448 - Unanswered

17 June 2020

Rennie, Willie: "To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to secure the progress made on homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak."

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S5O-04373 - Unanswered

27 May 2020

Rennie, Willie: "To ask the Scottish Government what extended financial support the finance secretary will make available for the tourism sector should the lockdown measures directly impact on the summer season."

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S5O-04199 - Unanswered

26 February 2020

Rennie, Willie: "To ask the Scottish Government whether the next version of the Scottish Planning Policy will include requirements for all new housing developments to have access to superfast broadband."

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S5W-27239 - Answered

03 February 2020

Rennie, Willie: "To ask the Scottish Government what formal approaches it has made to the UK Government regarding the transfer of powers over tribunals under the Scotland Act 2016."

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S5O-03953 - Unanswered

18 December 2019

Rennie, Willie: "To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to change the qualifying criteria for Carer’s Allowance."

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