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New peer Jeremy Purvis to serve as policy advisor to Willie Rennie

August 1, 2013 11:40 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have today congratulated former Liberal Democrat MSP Jeremy Purvis on his appointment to the House of Lords as this year's working peerages are announced. Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has stated that the leader of the cross-party Devo Plus group is to become a key part of the parliamentary team, serving as a policy and strategy advisor to Mr Rennie.

Commenting on being appointed to the House of Lords and his role as policy and strategy advisor to Willie Rennie, Jeremy Purvis said:

"This is a major responsibility and honour. I am very much looking forward to using it as a platform to support Willie Rennie's work in the Scottish Parliament and to advance the cause of a more progressive and liberal Scotland. I was an extremely proud elected Member of the Scottish Parliament and now as a parliamentarian in the UK Parliament I will continue to press the case for Home Rule government in Scotland and for this to be used to make Scotland a fairer, more prosperous and socially tolerant nation. I hope I can assist in meeting this challenge with my new role."

Willie Rennie MSP said:

"I am delighted Jeremy has been persuaded to return to the frontline ofWillie RennieWillie Rennie Scottish politics. He is somebody of great talent and ability who has much more to offer the party and the country. As a leading MSP in Holyrood, and more recently with his pioneering work for Devo Plus, Jeremy has shown he is bursting with ideas and has persuasive skills to match the best.

"As one of the youngest people ever appointed to the House of Lords he will also add a new dimension to our team for Scotland. I am also particularly pleased Jeremy has agreed to act as my policy and strategy adviser. He will very much strengthen our offering to the people of Scotland through the referendum and into the next Scottish Parliament."