Scotland politics

Scottish Liberal Democrats to hold listening roadshow

Willie Rennie with failed Lib Dem candidate Jo Swinson Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Failed Lib Dem candidate Jo Swinson, with Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie, pictured on the election campaign trail

The Scottish Liberal Democrats will travel around the country this summer to find out what people think of their policies.

The "listening" roadshow comes in the wake of the party's poor general election result which left just one Scottish Lib Dem MP.

The party will hold workshops and build up a volunteer base to fight the 2016 Holyrood election.

Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie said his party wanted to learn lessons.

He explained: "We will listen to the people of Scotland, to the people on the doorsteps and to the increasing numbers of people backing our party.

"As the Tory government continues with its illiberal plans to curb our civil liberties and take the UK further to the right, the role of the Liberal Democrats is more important than ever.

"And in Scotland, the SNP has taken its eye off the ball on day-to-day public services. Their disregard for the voice of local communities and for liberal values continues to create divisions.

"All of this has created an even bigger space for Liberal Democrats to fill in the debate on what kind of country we want to be."

Mr Rennie said he wanted to hear the voices of "diverse communities across Scotland".

The Lib Dems lost 49 seats throughout the UK at the 7 May poll, with 10 of those in Scotland.

The outcome led to the resignation of leader Nick Clegg.

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