Category Archives: Scottish Liberal Democrats

Willie Rennie: highlights of his first two years as Scottish Liberal Democrat leader

It’s two years today since Willie Rennie was elected Scottish Liberal Democrat leader. It’s sunny today, as it was then. I remarked at the time that 17th May was the first day it hadn’t rained since the SNP had won … Continue reading

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Au revoir to the Minister for Sinister

Graeme Littlejohn has been working for Scottish Liberal Democrats in various capacities for the better part of five years. He started off as an intern, and then worked for Tavish Scott, George Lyon and latterly was also the Scottish Liberal … Continue reading

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Donald Gorrie 1933-2012

This weekend Scotland lost one of its greatest liberal figures. Donald Gorrie, Mr Edinburgh, passed away on Friday. Sadly, I never knew him that well, although, of course, I admired from afar his work on issues like sectarianism, alcohol, third … Continue reading

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Platinum Jubilee for Dr Barrie

One of the very first Liberal Democrats I met when I came back to Scotland after 11 years in the East Midlands was Derek Barrie. We very quickly forged a firm friendship, based mainly on him taking the mickey out … Continue reading

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Vince in Edinburgh – what the members said

Edinburgh was spoiled last weekend. Not only was there a Madonna concert and a performance of the Hitch Hikers’ Guide to the Galaxy radio show (which I went to), but Business Secretary Vince Cable answered questions from Liberal Democrat members … Continue reading

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Vince on leadership speculation, principles, Osborne, independence and much more

Edinburgh has been very well indulged this weekend. Madonna played Murrayfield, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy people were in town and last night, Business Secretary Vince Cable answered questions from Scottish Liberal Democrat members. This was quite hastily arranged … Continue reading

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Robert Brown: end spin doctors’ tyranny and develop principled, practical policies

This is quite long – but bear with it, because every word is worth reading. It’s the thoughts of former MSP and Scottish education minister Robert Brown who was in May elected as a Councillor in Rutherglen, near Glasgow. He … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Ross Finnie’s submission to Sir Menzies Campbell’s Home and Community Rule Commission

Ross Finnie was Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP to the West of Scotland from 1999-2011 and Rural Affairs Minister in the Scottish Cabinet from 1999-2007. He’s shared his submission to the Campbell Commission with me. I’ve put an extract on Liberal … Continue reading

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How Lib Dem Councillors create jobs, build houses and improve schools – a You Tube sensation

When this was broadcast on Friday night, I was up to my neck in the speed mentoring session (of which more later) in Inverness, so this is the first chance I’ve had to watch it. In it, Willie Rennie visits … Continue reading

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"Caron writes a scurrilous and trashy blog…………….."

……………..said the Secretary of State for Scotland. So scurrilous and trashy, he went on to say, that it was even prepared to interview him. Mike Moore was chairing RNIB Scotland’s fringe meeting on the Welfare Reform Bill at Scottish Liberal … Continue reading

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