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Willie Rennie making his leaders speech at #sldconf; opens by criticising the “endless loop of Brexit negotiations” - “you know it’s not going well when the National Union of Groundhogs has gone on strike” Willie Rennie’s speech
Willie Rennie attacks Jeremy Corbyn - has “driven even his most ardent supporters to despair” - and Theresa May - “about as stable as Rab C Nesbitt after a night out in Govan” - “THIS is a special kind of hell. Our country deserves better.” #sldconf
Willie Rennie offers “the hand of friendship” to “people who have given up on the Conservative and Labour leaderships”. These parties “are no longer broad churches, but narrow sects” - he urges disaffected members to “come and talk with me, let’s work together” #sldconf
Willie Rennie making a lengthy pitch to Labour and Tory rebels - including “those in Scotland yet to decide, you know who you are” - saying “like minds should work together to demand better” #sldconf
On to a “People’s Vote” now, Willie Rennie warns that “this won’t be over on 29 March” - negotiations will “cripple our country for month after month, year after year”. But “there is a way to make the torture stop: we can break out of this stalemate by letting the people decide”
Willie Rennie says there are “striking parallels between the claims of the Brexiteers and those who argue for independence”; “easy slogans, lazy facts, divisive rhetoric, false patriotism” #SLDConf
Willie Rennie says the SNP are “ramping up tax at every budget” - while Lib Dems have called for increases before, “the balance has gone”. Citing tourist tax and car parking levy, he says govt is being “reckless and cavalier with taxes and taxpayers” #sldconf
Willie Rennie closes his conference speech talking about Lib Dems as “the liberators” - “optimistic, outward looking, far sighted - a force for reason”. “That is who we are - we can all say loud and clear that we demand better.” #SLDConf
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