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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.

The Edinburgh South seat at Westminster remains one of the most marginal Lib Dem / Labour battlegrounds in the country and we are determined to win back the Edinburgh South seat at Holyrood.

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.

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  • Article: Mar 30, 2015

    Commenting on the launch of the Scottish Conservatives' general election campaign, Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate Michael Moore said:

    "The Tories have launched their campaign more than 20 miles away from the one seat they have a chance at holding at this election, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale.

  • Article: Mar 28, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have blasted the astonishing arrogance of plans by former SNP leader Alex Salmond to embark on a US leg of his book signing tour during his campaign to stand for the Lib Dem held seat of Gordon.

    It was revealed today the Mr Salmond had been expected to visit New York and Toronto during the week of April 6, snubbing local election hustings taking place in the constituency. The tour has now been cancelled following criticism by opposition candidates.

    Commenting on the news, outgoing Scottish Liberal Democrat MP for Gordon Sir Malcolm Bruce said:

    "It's astonishing arrogance that Mr Salmond could even contemplate an international book signing tour during an election for a seat he has yet to win.
    Cancelling it now shows he has suddenly realised he has a fight on his hands as support builds all across Gordon for the increasingly popular Christine Jardine."

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Gordon candidate Christine Jardine said:

    "The people of Gordon voted no by almost two to one. We have been let down by the SNP, who have taken their eye off the ball on health, education, transport and local funding, whilst they focus on their independence campaign. Now the SNP threaten to wreck the economic recovery across the UK with their plans to borrow even more than Labour.

    "We need an MP whose priority is the people of Gordon - not self promotion. Only Liberal Democrats are committed to transferring more powers from Westminster to Scotland, properly funding the NHS and balancing the books to secure the recovery."

  • Article: Mar 27, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Edinburgh West MP Mike Crockart has said that Liberal Democrats are the only party committed to strengthening human rights protections at home and abroad.

    It comes after the Scottish Human Rights Commission said the undercurrent of debate about changing human rights laws was "regressive in nature".

  • Article: Mar 25, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume has said he is over the moon at news the Scottish Government is to endorse his Member's bill to ban smoking in cars with children present.

    The proposals, which have already received cross-party support and backing from many charities, could see smokers hit with a £100 fine if they are caught smoking in their car whilst children under the age of 18 are present.

  • Article: Mar 23, 2015

    Commenting on news that Longannet power station is to close, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader and MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife Willie Rennie said:

    "This is a sad day for Longannet and the dedicated and professional workforce. The power station has kept many lights on in many houses across the country.

  • Article: Mar 21, 2015

    Speech from Willie Rennie MSP at Scottish Liberal Democrat conference:

    George is a young man. He lives in the Borders. George works hard but is not rich. He earns £12,000 a year.

    Before Liberal Democrats were in Government he used to pay over £1,100 income tax. But this year it will be cut to £200.

    George is not alone. Over 2 million Scots have had their income tax cut.

  • Article: Mar 20, 2015
    Alistair Carmichael MP speech at Scottish Liberal Democrat conference in Aberdeen:
    Good afternoon, Conference.
    It is good to be back in Aberdeen.
    Aberdeen is where I attended party conference of the Scottish Liberal Party for the first time here in 1983.
    The party was very different then. In fact it was a different party - liberals and social democrats were still in different parties.
  • Article: Mar 20, 2015

    Danny Alexander speech at Scottish Liberal Democrat conference in Aberdeen:

    Conference, the election is just 48 days away.
    It is worth underlining this point - not least because election officials in Aberdeen inadvertently added an extra day to the campaign in a mailing to 100,000 people earlier this week.
  • Article: Mar 12, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today backed the principle of Scottish Government plans to reform access to mental health services.

    During the Stage 1 debate of the Mental Health (Scotland) Bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume said efforts to make the mental health system more efficient should not be done at the expense of patients' rights.

    Speaking after the debate, Mr Hume said:

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats support the broad aims of this bill, which have the potential to make the system more efficient and accessible for patients, NHS staff and partners. However I have real concerns over the protection of patients' rights given some of the plans to expand access to their private information, such as their advance statement.

    "Whilst moves to strengthen the role of the Mental Health Officer in the detention and tribunals of patients is welcome, Scottish Government ministers must recognise that this valuable resource is already under immense pressure. The SNP has taken its eye off the ball on this essential safeguard for patients, and any plans to enhance their role must be matched by enhanced resources."

  • Article: Mar 11, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has said that today's GERS figures have shown that the SNP's independence plans would have caused a massive hole in the public finances.

    The official Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland 2013-14 report published today revealed that Scotland's deficit was £12.4bn in 2013/14, or 8.1 percent of GDP compared to 5.6 percent of GDP for the whole of the UK.