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Liberal Youth Scotland backs Fred Mackintosh

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The Lib Dem team is campaigning for communities across all of south and south-west Edinburgh. Our Citizen and Focus teams have been actively campaigning in the city for over 40 years.

On this site you will find information on what is happening in south Edinburgh (that's Edinburgh South and Edinburgh Pentlands, and at Westminster, Edinburgh South and Edinburgh South West). And you can find out about the work we're doing on behalf of the people and communities amongst which we live.

Recent updates

  • Article: Feb 8, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesman Jim Hume MSP has criticised SNP Ministers for their sticking plaster approach towards tackling fuel poverty as he revealed a 50% rise in the number of Scots applying for emergency financial assistance to pay their heating bills.

    Following a Scottish Liberal Democrat freedom of information request, the Scottish Government has published the latest data on applications for Community Care Grants and Crisis Grants to pay for fuel and heating bills. It shows 64,380 Scots received a total of £1.3million in financial aid in 2014-15 - a 50% rise on the previous year.

  • Article: Feb 3, 2016

    The Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie will today say there is no hiding place for John Swinney if he ploughs ahead with his cuts to council budgets, as MSPs come together to debate the draft 2016-17 budget.

    Mr Rennie will say that John Swinney's refusal to use new income tax powers coming to Scotland and his strong-arming of councils, forcing them to accept his cuts, means every cut to any public service is his and his alone.

  • Article: Feb 3, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesman Liam McArthur MSP has slammed SNP Ministers today for their continual denial over the extent of fuel poverty in Scotland, as new figures show a significant proportion of households across all 32 council areas remain fuel poor.

    The latest Scottish Housing Statistics survey reveal a widening gap between urban areas, where on the whole fuel poverty levels have remained static or fallen, and remote northern and island areas, where levels increased between 2013 and 2014.

  • Article: Jan 29, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume has slammed the SNP Government today for the hypocrisy of calling on Scots to tackle climate change when Ministers plan to cut £50 million from the climate change budget.

    Today the Scottish Government unveiled a new national campaign to encourage more people to help fight climate change, with recent surveys revealing around half of people living in Scotland acknowledge climate change is an immediate and urgent problem.

  • Article: Jan 28, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokeswoman Alison McInnes MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to reform gender recognition legislation and break down the unreasonable barriers facing transgender people who wish to change their legal gender.

    The Gender Recognition Act 2004 requires those who wish to change their legal gender go through a lengthy and outdated legal process. Despite many other European countries allowing trans people to self-declare their gender, in Scotland evidence is examined by doctors and lawyers before such a change can proceed.

  • Article: Jan 27, 2016
  • Article: Jan 27, 2016

    In a bold, positive and progressive offer for the Scottish Parliamentary Elections, the Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has today committed his party to making the biggest investment in Scottish education since devolution by increasing income tax by a penny.

    The party is committing to this investment to deliver a transformational effect on Scottish education and to reverse the damage of SNP cuts. The party's proposals will include a Pupil Premium, an expansion in nursery education, reversal of college cuts and stopping school cuts. The party will be leading a debate on the Pupil Premium in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon.

  • Article: Jan 22, 2016

    I think this is my third meeting with the Chamber which shows the importance that the Liberal Democrats place on the North East, the economy and the chamber itself.

    It is at this time that the real value of your organisation is clear. Speaking up for business and offering constructive suggestions on the way ahead in a part of the country that too often is taken for granted by politicians in Holyrood.

  • Article: Jan 20, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Jim Hume MSP today warned that Scotland's battle with the bulge could leave health services dangerously overstretched as a new report highlighted an increase in the proportion of Scots who are overweight or obese.

    In her analysis of the health of the nation, the Chief Medical Officer's annual report highlighted that 65% of adults in Scotland are now overweight or obese. 28% of people are obese, with a body mass index higher than 30.

  • Article: Jan 19, 2016

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur has challenged the Scottish Government on its fuel poverty strategy and urged Ministers to accept the need to revise its target.

    In response to a series of parliamentary questions submitted by Mr McArthur, Margaret Burgess MSP, Minister for Housing and Welfare, confirmed "the Scottish Government has no current plans to reassess the fuel poverty target [and] no changes have been made to that target since it was laid in parliament in 2001."