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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.

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Recent updates

  • Article: Jan 23, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have called on the Scottish Government to publish A&E waiting times figures on a weekly basis in a bid to tackle the growing crisis in Scotland's emergency units.

  • Article: Jan 21, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has called on the Scottish Government to halt plans to develop a national identity register of every person in Scotland.

  • Article: Jan 21, 2015

    The Scottish Liberal Democrats will today (Wednesday 21st) urge the Scottish Government to commit to a budget of opportunity as it sets out its stall for the year ahead.

  • Article: Jan 20, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Jim Hume MSP today warned that the SNP have taken their eye off the ball on the NHS and are failing older patients as Ministers announced extra funding in response to large increases in the number of delayed hospital discharges.

  • Article: Jan 20, 2015

    Alison McInnes, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for North East Scotland, today urged Scottish Ministers to provide support to Northbay Pelagic following the fire at its fish processing plant in Peterhead on Saturday

  • Article: Jan 19, 2015

    Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie MSP, will today urge First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to abandon the principle that Holyrood knows best and instead open a "twinned track" approach to decentralisation across Scotland.

    Failure by the SNP Government to transfer powers across Scotland as powers are transferred from London to Edinburgh will be a breach of the Smith Agreement according to Mr Rennie.

  • Article: Jan 19, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have hailed the transfer of power allowing 16 and 17 years old to vote in future Scottish Parliament elections today by the UK Government.

    Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael today confirmed that the timetable for Section 30 order has been agreed by both the UK and the Scottish Government. It will be brought before both Houses of the UK Parliament and the Scottish Parliament tomorrow and then put forward for Privy Council approval in March.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2015

    Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Willie Rennie MSP, has joined calls for the Chilcot report to be published before the election.

    Earlier this week, Liberal Democrat Foreign Office spokesperson Tim Farron wrote to Cabinet Office Secretary Francis Maude demanding Ministers commit to publishing the report before the election if it is received on time. Liberal Democrats have urged the Conservatives to agree to release the report within a week of receipt.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has this weekend written to Mr Rennie to ask that he join her consensus in securing the reports release before the election.

  • Article: Jan 15, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Highland MP Danny Alexander has welcomed the announcement that the EU Commission has approved the extension of a fuel discount scheme that will cut the price of petrol for people in many parts of the Highlands by up to 5p per litre.

  • Article: Jan 14, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats today kept pressure on the Scottish Government to improve struggling mental health services.

    During Portfolio questions, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP asked the new Mental Health Minister what he planned to do to address a 3.4 percent overall fall in the number of Mental Health Officers at a time when compulsory treatment orders are at their highest since the Mental Health Act was implemented in 2005.

    Mental health officers are specialists social workers who play a key role when people, under the act, are detained in hospital. There was a 5 percent fall across Scotland in mental health officer consent for emergency detention in hospital.

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have raised concerns over the protection of the rights of the individual with Mental Welfare Commission figures showing 42 percent of emergency detentions are reported to have had no mental health officer consent.

    During the exchange at Portfolio questions today, Mental Health Minister Jamie Hepburn said that the Government was looking into this matter further with stakeholders.

    Speaking afterwards, Mr Hume said:

    "The Mental Welfare Commission place great importance on the role of the Mental Health Officer because these highly skilled practitioners are important safeguards in protecting the rights of individuals when it is proposed they are detained under the Mental Health Act.

    "It's therefore alarming to note there has been a 3.4 percent fall in the overall number of MHO's despite the number of compulsory treatment orders being at their highest since the Mental Health Act was implemented. Currently 42 percent of these detentions have no mental health officer consent.

    "A compulsory detention order can have a great impact on a person's life, including their property and possessions. It is important that this safeguard is protected. With most emergency detentions taking place outwith office hours I hope Scottish ministers will also work with health boards and local authorities to consider out of hours MHO services.

    "The Minister must treat this matter with the urgency it deserves if we are to give people with mental health problems the best opportunities in life."