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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: Oct 19, 2017

    Responding to the news that the Scottish Government has agreed to give children in Scotland equal protection from assault, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats have regularly demanded the so-called "justifiable assault" of children be brought to an end. It is a source of national shame that this defence still exists and it is welcome that SNP ministers will now get with the times and abolish it.

  • Article: Oct 19, 2017

    Responding to the Social Mobility Commission's report which has found millions of workers remains trapped in low-paid jobs, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Jo Swinson:

    "This report shows that a whole section of society are being failed by this government and remain permanently trapped in low-paid work.

    "This is only being made worse by the Conservatives' pursuit of an extreme Brexit that is damaging businesses, pushing up prices and hitting the poorest hardest.

    "We urgently need to invest more in education, including adult learning, to improve social mobility and help people escape from poverty.

    "Employment rules must be made fit for the 21st century, to strengthen rights and increase security for workers."

  • Article: Oct 19, 2017

    Responding to Audit Scotland's new report on Transport Scotland's ferry services, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott said:

    "Audit Scotland's damning indictment of this SNP government's approach to ferry services shines a bright light on the SNPs' blatant geographic discrimination and lays bare that Islanders in Orkney and Shetland have been paying for ferry fare reductions on the west coast.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Scottish spokesperson Christine Jardine MP has today called for a pause in the roll out of Universal Credit.

    The Edinburgh West MP also called on Scottish Conservative MP's not to push a million children into poverty.

    In the commons debate Ms Jardine said:

    "This poorly thought out policy has created a slow motion car crash. People who are waiting for payments are at risk of losing their home and in risk of being put in serious debt that they will struggle to get out of.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Responding to the latest unemployment figures, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Carolyn Caddick said:

    "The Scottish economy faces challenges from Brexit, high inflation and skills shortages. There is no room for the Scottish Government to start celebrating as these figures show. The SNP are presiding over an erratic economy. The brush with recession earlier in the year has now been replaced by marginal growth and unemployment on the rise.

  • Article: Oct 18, 2017

    Responding to a new report from the Mental Welfare Commission that calls on the Scottish Government to review the number of mental health beds available for children and young people, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "The Scottish Government's recent mental health strategy, a blueprint for next ten years, has already been panned by experts for its lack of ambition and detail. This report highlights

  • Article: Oct 17, 2017

    In an extraordinary outburst, Boris Johnson told the EU it needed to "get serious" about EU negotiations in response to a question from Liberal Democrat MP Jamie Stone. Jamie asked the Foreign Secretary what he made of remarks by one of Angela Merkel's most senior colleagues on the Today Programme this morning. Michael Fuchs, a senior Christian Democrat in Germany, said that Boris Johnson was obstructing progress on Brexit.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2017

    Commenting after Theresa May released a statement on her discussion with the Spanish PM where she failed to condone the recent violence in Catalonia, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

    "Theresa May has shown an all too typical lack of judgement by not even mentioning the police violence in Catalonia. Regardless of your view on independence for Catalonia, the violence was unacceptable.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2017

    Responding to the Winter Mortality statistics showing an increase in the number of deaths during winter, Scottish Liberal Democrat housing spokesperson Caron Lindsay said:

    "A rise in the number of deaths is a distressing warning to us all. It is simply unacceptable that in Scotland in the 21st century people, particularly the most vulnerable, are living in unacceptably damp, cold homes. The SNP should be reminded that their warm words on fuel poverty alone do nothing to heat Scotland's cold homes.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2017

    The OECD has predicted that UK economic growth will slow to 1% in 2018, and that the economy will suffer more in the event of a 'no deal' Brexit.

    However, the Paris-based thinktank also said the economy would see a "significant boost" if there was another referendum leading to Brexit being reversed.

    Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Jo Swinson commented: