Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP will begin the Scottish Liberal Democrat 2017 local election campaign later today as he visits Musselburgh on the first stop of his Scottish tour from the Borders to the Highlands.

Mr Rennie will join local candidate, Claire Graham who is standing in the Musselburgh ward and will then head to Peebles in the Scottish Borders. Mr Rennie says he will set out a positive message as he travels from the south of Scotland to the Highlands and will champion Liberal Democrat candidates across Scotland who choose to stand up for local issues rather than be cheerleaders for independence.

Commenting Mr Rennie said: “Scottish Liberal Democrats are on the rise and we’re intent on winning. Liberal Democrat Councillors and campaigners across Scotland make a difference in local communities and are in tune with local people.

“We want to see an end to the council tax and have something progressive in its place. We want to transform local services to make sure they work for the people they serve.

“Liberal Democrat candidates offer something unique. We believe in people and their potential. Community politics and community power – local decision making and support for local people. Candidates like Claire Graham in Musselburgh are a fantastic example of the people who are a part of the Lib Dem fight back and want to see a more open, tolerant and united country.

“This year people across Scotland will face a simple choice. Do they want to see another cheerleader for independence or do they want a true local champion who will put their community first? ”