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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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Recent updates

  • Article: Feb 26, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have said the Chief Constable must to listen to frontline police officers after a critical independent report today revealed that the morale of police officers in Ayrshire was being damaged by constant pressure to conduct stop and searches.

    An HMICS inspection of Police Scotland's Ayrshire division said: "Whilst we acknowledge KPI and performance targets are strongly reinforced in the division we noted that some officers and staff felt that the emphasis on targets had unintended consequences." It went on to note that officers within the force felt that the use of stop and search was prioritised disproportionately over other valuable police work that was not measured.

  • Article: Feb 25, 2015

    Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrat Willie Rennie MSP has sought to rally support from MSPs against the SNP's worrying plans to create a super ID database.

    Mr Rennie tabled a motion in parliament today as the Scottish Government's controversial consultation on the plans drew to a close.

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have raised concerns that the database would be intrusive, costly and would increase the power of the state. The party has already put forward a list of parliamentary questions to SNP ministers amidst concerns that the appropriate work hasn't been undertaken to identify the full risks.

  • Article: Feb 25, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have said that fault lies squarely at the SNP Government's door for a crisis in Scotland's hospitals which has resulted in thousands of beds being blocked by patients clinically able to leave hospital.

    Figures revealed today showed that in December last year, despite the NHS in Scotland catering for a tenth of the population of England, the number of bed blocking days represented a quarter of that of England's. 31,610 bed blocking days were reported in Scotland, with two NHS Grampian hospitals accounting for a tenth of all delayed discharges.

  • Article: Feb 25, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have demanded an explanation from SNP ministers over claims on NHS funding after figures revealed that health boards across Scotland are still being short changed.

    On the 11th January this year, the Scottish Government issued a statement which said that an additional tranche of funding would "bring all health boards to within one per cent of parity under the NHS funding formula, NRAC, a year earlier than planned."

  • Article: Feb 24, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned that the Scottish Government is failing children and young people with mental health problems as figures published today showed health boards failed to meet an old target in access to crucial Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

    Official statistics published today showed that between October and December last year, 86 percent of children and adolescents were seen at CAMHS units within the March 2013 target of 26 weeks. In December 2014, the target treatment time was reduced to 18 weeks. Between the same period, only 78.9 percent of patients were seen within the December 2014 target of 18 weeks.

  • Article: Feb 24, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned the system of retained firefighters risks being stretched to breaking point as new figures revealed the loss of hundreds of staff during the first year of the new national service.

    Official statistics published today showed that between April 2013 and March 2014 the total number of full-time equivalent staff working for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service dropped from 8,125 to 7,690 - a decrease of five per cent compared to one per cent the previous year.

  • Article: Feb 24, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat South of Scotland MSP Jim Hume has called on the Scottish Government to explain why the costs of its investment in Prestwick Airport soared from £15m to nearly £40m.

    An Audit Scotland report published today (24th February) revealed that the revised business plan agreed in May 2014 showed taxpayers would loan the airport £39.6m by April 2021, but parliament was not informed of these details.

  • Article: Feb 23, 2015

    Scottish Liberal Democrat peer Jeremy Purvis said the findings of the House of Lord's Constitution Committee that moving ahead with reform in one part of the UK may herald a desire for wider reform is a good reason to progress with the legislation, not to delay it.

    Commenting, Lord Jeremy Purvis said:

  • Article: Feb 23, 2015

    Leading Liberal Democrats have urged people to shout loudly in their opposition to the SNP's plans to expand access to their super ID database.

    The public consultation on the controversial plans will end on Wednesday this week (25th February). The Scottish Government's proposals will expand access to their NHS Central Register to 120 public bodies, assigning each individual with a unique citizen reference number to accompany their data stored on one central database.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2015

    Leader of the Scottish Lib Dems Willie Rennie MSP has accused the SNP of treating concerns over the creation of a new super ID database with "breathtaking indifference".

    His comments come after Deputy First Minister John Swinney sought to play down fears over the privacy implications of plans to allow 120 public bodies to access information held in an extended NHS database.

    SNP Ministers have failed undertake a crucial privacy impact assessment of the controversial plans and a limited public consultation on the changes is set to close next week.

    Mr Rennie will be tabling parliamentary questions to put further pressure on the SNP to undertake the work needed to identify the risks of a central database register.

    Speaking to members in Fife today, Mr Rennie said:

    "The SNP are showing breathtaking indifference to concerns over their super ID database plans. These changes would see a massive expansion in the number of people who can access private information from a database that includes our health records.

    "The SNP campaigned with us against similar plans when Labour put them forward but it seems that they no longer care about protecting our right to privacy.

    "Campaigners have been clear that the super ID database plans pose a real risk to our personal information. There are legitimate fears that this could be the first step towards introducing ID cards by the back door.

    "Pushing these proposals through on the basis of what many people consider a sham consultation is simply not good enough. We need to see a proper Privacy Impact Assessment carried out and published before any final decision is taken."