Scottish Lib Dem Party names Rennie PR chief

The Scottish Liberal Democrat Party (SLDP) has appointed Willy Rennie as its first head of communications, the top PR job in the party. Rennie takes up the role in mid-December moving from his present post as chief executive of the SLDP, which he has held since 1997.

The Scottish Liberal Democrat Party (SLDP) has appointed Willy

Rennie as its first head of communications, the top PR job in the party.

Rennie takes up the role in mid-December moving from his present post as

chief executive of the SLDP, which he has held since 1997.



He will oversee a team of seven researchers, two press officers and a

whip’s assistant who work jointly for all SLDP MSPs under an arrangement

which pools their press resources. Rennie will report to the governor of

the SLDP George Lyon.



Rennie’s brief will be to see that the Lib Dems’ message is not

overwhelmed by the messages from Labour, with whom they will share power

in the Scottish Parliament, and that the party’s separate policies are

clear to the public.



He said: ’We want to make sure that the Lib Dems’ input is understood in

all parts of Scotland.’



The abolition of tuition fees for students and the implementation of

Freedom of Information are among the policy issues on which the SLDP

differ from Labour and on which the party will campaign.



Rennie oversaw the SLDP’s campaign for the May election which saw the

party win 17 seats and SLDP leader Jim Wallace take up the post of

deputy first minister and Ross Finnie installed as minister for rural

affairs.



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