Campaign launch for Liberal Democrats

By Emily Jamison

Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie says the party will put people before another referendum.

Speaking at the launch of the party’s council election campaign in Fife, the Lib Dem leader said the country did not need another divisive referendum.

He said: “Liberal Democrat councillors have a powerful track record of delivering for local communities across Scotland.

“Unlike the SNP and the Greens we will put local communities first, not another divisive independence referendum.

“With Liberal Democrats you get a champion for your area not a cheerleader for independence.”

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The Lib Dems are the second party to announce their manifesto, pledging to improve mental health, invest in schools and nurseries and create reforms to local government funding.

The Lib Dem leader also said that voters were ‘spitting mad’ over SNP plans to hold a second independence referendum in the wake of the Brexit vote.

While the Scottish Greens announced their mainifesto based on local issues and not independence, Mr Rennie said that independence concerns were being raised amongst voters.

“Independence is enormous.

“People are sptting mad with Nicola [Sturgeon].  

“They cannot believe that just three years after it was settled, she is bringing it up again.

“It’s the division in families and communities that they are really angry about.”

The comments heightened tensions of an independence referendum once again as the First Minister prepares to highlight her next steps after her request for another vote was denied by Westminster.

 

An SNP spokesperson responded to the claims, saying his position was not credible.

“Willie Rennie fantasises about stopping Brexit through a second UK-wide-EU referendum, but thinks people in Scotland should be denied the right to decide their own future – his position is not at all credible.

“The Lib Dems biggest political legacy is loyally voting with the Tories – cutting Scotland’s budget, inflicting the bedroom tax on the disabled and infamously betraying their vow on tuition fees.

“Nobody can trust a word they say.”

The Lib Dems are the second party to announce their manifesto, pledging to improve mental health, invest in schools and nurseries and create reforms to local government funding.

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