Figures released have shown the Scottish Liberal Democrats have punched above their weight in scrutinising the Scottish Government over the first four and a half years of the Scottish Parliament. The following figures have been shown:
- Lib Dem MSPs have asked an average of 483 Written Questions each
- Labour MSPs have asked only 342 questions each
- The Tories lag even further behind a 201 questions each, quashing Ruth Davidson’s assertion that they provide the strongest opposition
- SNP MSPs have only asked a measly 38 each on average
Commenting on the figures Mr Rennie said: “These figures are testament to just how much Scottish Liberal Democrats MSPs punched above their weight in the last Parliament.
“Voters want elected representatives who can be trusted to hold the government to account. Instead, what they got in the last election was a herd of backbenchers who nodded through £500 million in council cuts and the creation of Police Scotland without a single voice dissenting.
“MSPs should be making sure government is working for voters. These figures prove Liberal Democrats have the strongest record in parliament of making sure Ministers are actually doing that. We have the guts to challenge Ministers and provide the scrutiny government so desperately needs.
“With just five MSPs we won the argument for childcare for deprived children, put an end to industrial scale stop and search and threw out the SNP’s attempts to abolish corroboration. With that strong record in Parliament and ambitious, positive programme for Scotland for the next five years, our team in Parliament will grow at this election.
“Just think what we could do with more Liberal Democrat MSPs.”
Dunfermline candidate James Calder has also added, “It is clear the best Party at holding the Scottish Government to account has been the Scottish Liberal Democrats. If elected, I would ensure that the constituents of Dunfermline are put first and that I will work as hard as possible to scrutinise the Scottish Government and ensure no stone is left unturned.”