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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 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."

  • Article: Aug 16, 2017

    Responding to comments from the Scottish Conservatives on the recent spike in drug related deaths which put Scotland as the worst country in Europe for drug deaths, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "People have long memories and will recall that Road to Recovery, the Scottish Government's drug strategy was a Tory initiative that was adopted by the SNP as the price for Tory votes to pass their budget in 2008 and further endorsed by Ruth Davidson in 2012.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today called on the UK Government to expand shared parental leave. The call comes as a new report from the equality watchdog suggests that men should be given more paternity leave to help close the gender pay gap.

    A new report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission says the proposal would help men and women to more equally share childcare responsibilities and reduce the 'motherhood penalty' many women face after having children.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Responding to reports that as the academic year begins there are more than 500 teacher vacancies in Scottish schools, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

    "Head teachers face classrooms without teaching staff as pupils go back to school. We need a government who recognise that their management of Scottish education over 10 years has made teaching less attractive as a profession.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2017

    Responding to new figures which show that the number of drug related deaths has risen by 23% to 867 in 2016, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "It's shocking to hear that the number of drug-related deaths has spiralled to their highest ever level. Each is a tragedy that could have been prevented.