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Welcome to the Website of South Edinburgh Liberal Democrats

If you are disappointed with the referendum result and want to take a stand for a liberal, free, fair, democratic Scotland within the UK and the European Union then please consider joining the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

If you would like to find out more about our Council Candidates for the Council Election on 4 May please go to

You can find details of our candidates here:

Southside/Newington Ward - Dan Farthing

Morningside Ward - Neil Ross

Liberton/Gilmerton - John Knox

Craiglockhart/Fountainbridge - Jenni Lang

Pentland Hills - Emma Farthing-Sykes

Colinton/Fairmilehead - David Walker

Details of what we stand for can be found at

  • Article: Aug 22, 2017

    Northern Isles MSPs Liam McArthur and Tavish Scott have today welcomed the news of fares reductions by paying tribute to the campaigners who achieved it.

    Reacting to the news, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur said:

    "Over the last ten years, people in Orkney have watched as communities on the west coast benefited from cheaper ferry fares. Their demands for fairness and equal treatment fell on deaf ears, as this SNP government and SNP MSPs for the Highlands & Islands argued that introducing a scheme for the Northern Isles would not be in our best interests. That was and always has been utter nonsense.

  • Article: Aug 22, 2017

    Responding to a new survey which suggests that almost two thirds of Scottish firms are concerned they will be unable to recruit sufficiently skilled employees over the next few years, Scottish Liberal Democrats have called upon the Scottish Government to boost investment in education and skills.

    A total of 120 companies in Scotland were questioned as part of a UK-wide survey by Pearson UK and the Confederation of British Industry(CBI). Just over three quarters of businesses said they expect their need for "high-level skills" - including qualifications, employability skills and industry knowledge - to increase in the next three to five years, but 59% are concerned that candidates will not meet their requirements.

  • Article: Aug 22, 2017

    Responding to the publication of the Barclay review into business rates, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Councillor Carolyn Caddick said:

    "The review misses the opportunity for radical changes that would benefit Scottish business. We could have moved to a system of land value taxation which would have avoided the big rate increases that Scottish businesses face when they improve their property with renewable energy or sprinkler systems. All Barclay does is ask for a further review. Land value tax would also provide an automatic incentive to redevelop brown-field sites.

  • Article: Aug 21, 2017

    Responding to new research from the independent Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) on the impact of business rates and ahead of the publication of the Barclay review tomorrow, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Councillor Carolyn Caddick commented:

    "Hotels and pubs were hammered by big increases in business rates in 2010 and once again this year.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2017

    Vince Cable has today branded the Government's sale of the Green Investment Bank (GIB), which was completed today, as "environmentally irresponsible."

    The Government confirmed today Macquarie Group Limited has now completed its purchase of the GIB for £2.3bn, and which will now be known as the Green Investment Group (GIG). The bank is headquartered in Edinburgh.

    The Liberal Democrat Leader, who launched the Bank in 2012 during his time as Business Secretary, warned its environmental mission is now "in danger of disappearing" and called for Parliament to ensure commitments to protect green investment in the UK are kept.

  • Article: Aug 18, 2017

    Responding to the announcement of funding to allow doctors in Shetland to pilot training for forensic medical examination services for victims of sexual crime,Shetland MSP Tavish Scott said:

    "I have pressed both the Justice Secretary and the First Minister for some time over the plight of women in the Northern Isles who are forced to travel to Aberdeen for examination so this announcement is a step in the right direction and I am very supportive of the Justice Minister responding to a clear need and making this happen.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2017

    Commenting after former Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill suggested the focus on winning the independence referendum may have deterred the SNP Government from pursuing drug policy reforms, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    "Everybody knows the government took their eye off the ball during the independence referendum. The damaging legacy of that can be seen in our schools and our hospitals.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said the soaring number of children being prescribed antidepressants demands a step change in mental health services and investment.

    A BBC Scotland investigation has found that the number of children aged under 18 given antidepressants has doubled since 2009/10. This sharp increase raises the question of whether these drugs are plugging the gap in child mental health services.

  • Article: Aug 17, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today urged the Scottish Government to host a summit with Scotland's local authorities to agree actions to tackle climate change.

    Pointing to the latest official greenhouse gas emissions statistics which recorded transport as the biggest polluter for the first time ever, Mr McArthur warned Scottish ministers must head calls to tackle stubbornly high transport emissions in the Climate Change Plan and the Climate Change Bill.

  • Article: Aug 16, 2017

    Responding to new inflation figures which mean that rail passengers in Scotland will see some fares rise by 3.6% next year, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

    "This steep hike to rail fares will be a bitter blow for passengers struggling with overcrowded and unreliable trains.

    "The fact that fare rises are soaring above wage increases is another sign that people are losing out from higher inflation since the referendum.

    "We need to see evidence that this money will be invested in improving infrastructure such as the badly neglected routes to the North East rather than lining the pockets of train companies."