Dunfermline Lib Dems with Willie Rennie at the Conference

Dunfermline Lib Dems with Willie Rennie at the Conference

The Scottish Lib Dem Conference took place yesterday in our very own Dunfermline at the Vine Venue. In a bustling atmosphere, filled with many new members, we were treated to a host of debates, speeches and fringe events.

The morning started with a number of debates, including ‘A Penny for the NHS’, ‘Evidence based policy on genetically modified crops’, ‘VAT on feminine hygiene products’ and ‘Creating opportunities for young homeless’. Dunfermline Lib Dems Beryl Leatherland and James Calder rose to the podium to take part in the GM Crops debate.

The morning finished with a speech from Willie Rennie. Another Dunfermline Lib Dem, Wendy Chamberlain, introduced Willie, making an excellent speech in the process on her first Conference. Willie’s speech emphasised the need to take on the SNP on their failings in public services, and called on voters whether they voted Yes or No at the referendum to give the Lib Dems a chance.

The afternoon commenced with an emergency motion calling on the Government to do more on the refugee crisis. Later we debated ‘Towards a new Federal United Kingdom and a new Treaty of Union’ and ‘Putting democracy back into Scottish policing.’ Matthew Hall from Dunfermline Lib Dems rose up to debate on the Federal UK motion and Wendy Chamberlain came back on stage to use her experience in policing to for the police debate.

Later we were treated to a rousing speech from UK Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, where he emphasised the need for strong liberal values in the face of attacks on civil liberties from both the SNP and Tory Governments. Later we also heard back from the Policy Roadshow, before the Comference ended on a touching note with an emotional tribute to Charles Kennedy.

The Conference saw many great discussions, debates and speeches in a friendly atmosphere. We will be publishing more on the Conference later this week.

James debating GM Crops

James debating GM Crops

Wendy on Stage

Wendy on Stage

Beryl Addressing Conference

Beryl Addressing Conference