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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 www.edinburghlibdems.org/

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 scotlibdems.org.uk/what_we_stand_for

  • Article: Jun 29, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has said today that an opt out organ donation system will help save lives after the Scottish Government announced that it intends to introduce legislation which will create an opt out system of organ and tissue donation.

    Commenting Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

  • Article: Jun 29, 2017

    Commenting following the publication of Part 1 of the National Health & Social Care Workforce Plan, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "There is a great deal that the new workforce plan has to fix.

    "The SNP Government has presided over a NHS recruitment crisis. The Scottish Government ignored warning after warning that staffing isn't keeping up with demand, relying on the goodwill and hardwork of staff on the frontline to get by.

  • Article: Jun 29, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said that efforts to implement what is known as Franks Law will continue to have the full support of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, as a members' bill was brought forward today.

    At their last conference, Scottish Liberal Democrats passed a motion that also urged the Scottish Government and the SFA to examine what support can be given to ex-football players suffering from dementia.

  • Article: Jun 29, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat rural spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP today said the Scottish Government has once again let down farmers after Fergus Ewing confirmed that it will miss the CAP payment deadline, leaving farmers without vital funds.

    In a meeting of the Rural Affairs Committee this morning, the Cabinet Secretary responsible for the fiasco asked for trust while also refusing to answer questions about a critical 'secret' independent report.

  • Article: Jun 29, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has said today that an opt out organ donation system will help save lives after the Scottish Government announced that it intends to introduce legislation which will create an opt out system of organ and tissue donation.

    Commenting Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

  • Article: Jun 27, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today described Scottish Government plans to absorb British Transport Police into Police Scotland as "flawed" as the party voted against the Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill at today's Stage 3 debate.

    Mr McArthur said:

    "This bill has been criticised by officers, unions and railway staff and indeed a majority of respondents to the government's consultation ranged from sceptical to hostile.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2017

    Responding to the statement made by the First Minister this afternoon in the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

    "The First Minister has had a long hard think about her plans for independence. And after that long hard think the First Minister has concluded that the First Minister should call another independence referendum at a time of the First Minister's choosing. So absolutely nothing has changed.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2017

    Commenting on official homelessness statistics released today, Scottish Liberal Democrat social security spokesperson Caron Lindsay commented:

    "It is appalling to learn that there has been a 16% increase in the number of children in temporary accommodation in the last year. The disruption, insecurity and stress that this causes is unacceptable.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has branded the SNP Government's record on tackling long cancer waiting times as "simply unacceptable" after new figures show that it has been 54 months since it last met the 62-day waiting time target.

    Figures published today by ISD Scotland show that performance continues to fall short, with only 2 of 14 NHS boards meeting the 62-day cancer treatment target. The last time the target was met was in the quarter of October-December 2012 which means the Scottish Government has repeatedly failed to reach the target for 54 consecutive months.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today said the creation of a new expert group to make changes to the police's use of biometrics was long overdue, coming 18 months after an HMICS report vindicated the party's concerns and recommended an overhaul.

    A 2015 Liberal Democrat investigation triggered concerns about how the police use new and emerging biometric technologies such as facial recognition.