If there is only one document that you read before voting in the Scottish Parliamentary elections on 05/05, the Scottish Liberal Democrats' manifesto has to be it!
You will find in it an explanation of all that has been wrong with the SNP administration over the past 9 yrs, and a clear prescription of all that we will do to fix it, and more!
Obviously, education is the headline feature. Scottish Education was once the best in the world, but over the past 9 yrs it has been on a downward slope. It needs investment, resources and dedicated MSPs to help fix it. Our penny rise in income tax is just what the doctor ordered.
While we believe education is the top priority, we know it isn't the only one, which is why you will also see in detail our plans for the NHS, especially mental health, and our plans to reclassify drug use/abuse as a health rather than a criminal justice issue.
Our plans to re-democratise policing, urgently required as the litany of failures of the SNP's centralisation shows.
Our plans to protect your civil liberties from an ever more controlling and suspicious state.
Our plans to protect the environment, move away from reliance on fossil fuels and better invest in renewables.
Our plans to ensure that all our citizens can be whoever and whatever they want to be, enabled by the state where they need help and empowered to prosper with or without state help as they see fit for themselves.
You can find the manifesto at http://www.scotlibdems.org.uk/plan
Your local 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.
When Pramod Subbaraman stood for the Edinburgh South in the General Election, he was amazed at the number of people who recalled what a great MSP Mike Pringle had been from 2003 to 2011. Now Mike Pringle is happy to endorse Pramod as Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for Edinburgh Southern.
Mike said."I reckon Pramod has the energy, commitment and Liberal instincts that will ensure he listens to and acts for the people of his constituency in a sympathetic and intelligent way.
"A vote for Pramod Subbaraman in your constituency vote here in Edinburgh Southern and for the Scottish Liberal Democrats on the regional list would help to hold thus autocratic Scottish government to account".
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. If you would like to get in touch pleas follow the links on the left hand side of this page to contact our team.
This extremely bare Queen's Speech is all about managing the divisions within the Conservative Party and very little to do with meeting the challenges facing our country.
Twelve months after a winning a general election where they promised to focus on the economy and public finances, David Cameron's government is already running out of steam. This Queen's speech ignored the big challenges we face on education, housing, investment, skills, and the environment.
One of the biggest scandals of the last couple of years has been the ongoing saga of delays to a new computer system that is supposed to ensure that farmers receive crucial EU payments on time.
Deadlines have been missed and missed again. The budget has ballooned by more than £70 million. And at the end of it all, we still don't know whether we will have a working system by the EU deadline at the end of June. Farmers across Scotland are yet to get the money they are owed.
Today I stood for election as First Minister to set out the Liberal Democrats priorities for the next five years of the Scottish Parliament. Education. Mental health services. The environment and civil liberties. These are all things that need to be at the top of the Holyrood agenda for the next five years.
Earlier in the campaign I was film some short clips for BBC Scotland on some of the big choices that Scotland is facing at this election.
On education, I set out the Lib Dem plan for a transformational investment in early years' education, schools and colleges.
On health, we will boost investment in GPs and - crucially - change the way that we support people struggling with mental ill health.
If you're voting for the first time in a Holyrood election, this is what you need to know:
Who can vote
First off, you've got to be registered (if you aren't sure if you are, drop us a line here, and we're happy to check for you).
You also need to be:
As the Holyrood elections get closer and closer, I have become increasingly bemused that Ruth Davidson and others have sought to claim that the Conservatives are somehow the authentic opposition to the SNP.
It jars starkly with my experience when governing alongside the Conservatives in Coalition in Whitehall for five years.
In March Nicola Sturgeon signed a deal with two Chinese companies that could be worth up to £10bn. But she didn't tell anyone about it.
This is unusual. The SNP government usually would put out a press release about the opening of an envelope. But days after the deal was signed, the top news stories on the government website were on changes to dog fouling fines and an update on the Scottish beaver population.
Scotland has some of the best green targets in the world but the hard truth is that they have been missed for the last four years. This needs to change.
If Scotland is going to be the best again we need to start meeting our climate change goals.
Climate change is one of the greatest threats to the planet's future but neither the Scottish nor the UK Governments seem to want to place the fight against it at the top of the agenda.
In the next few days, postal votes will be landing on doormats across Scotland. Here's a quick & easy guide on how to complete yours:
Complete your ballot paper. Remember, you have two votes at this election, so complete both the Peach and Lilac ballot papers.
Seal your ballot paper in the smaller envelope.
Sign the declaration AND fill in your date of birth. (This is really important, your vote won't be counted if you don't fill them both in!)
Put the sealed smaller envelope in the larger envelope along with your completed declaration and post right away!
This morning I joined some of our candidates and their children to launch our manifesto for the 2016 election.
The title of the manifesto is "Be the best again". That is our ambition for Scotland.
With the biggest investment in education since devolution we will make Scottish education the best again after it slipped to just average.