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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: May 22, 2017

    Liberal Democrats in the North East are warning concessionary travellers to 'use it or lose it'.

    Concessionary travel is under treat from a Scottish Government consultation that could see the age threshold raised for thousands of bus users.

    In a meeting with Stagecoach in Aberdeen today, Mike Rumbles MSP and Liberal Democrat candidate for Gordon David Evans heard that the company depend on the scheme to subsidise bus routes across the North East.

  • Article: May 22, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today a revealed a Scottish Government backlog of over 3500 air weapons awaiting licenses, describing it as "unacceptable".

    The requirement to licence air weapons came into force at the start of the year. People waiting for their application to be processed have reported frustration at the length of time being taken to certify licenses. When the legislation was passed, ministers claimed the licensing system could be introduced "smoothly" and claimed there are "no overall delays" in dealing with firearms certificates.

  • Article: May 22, 2017

    Responding to the launch of the Scottish Labour manifesto, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "We need to get the SNP to cancel their divisive independence referendum. The SNP risk leaving Scotland outside the UK as well as outside the EU. That is bad for business, security and the NHS.

  • Article: May 22, 2017

    Responding to last night's Scottish leaders' debate, and the social media outcry it provoked, Scottish Liberal Democrat general election campaign chair Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP commented:

    ''Last night the First Minister faced perfectly fair questions from a nurse, which she was unable to answer. Within minutes the nurse was set on by the online Nationalist army. It was ugly, but is typical of a movement which has always been intolerant of differing views and is now losing support.
  • Article: May 20, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat general election campaign chair, Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today, at a campaign event in Edinburgh, urged young voters to make sure they register to vote before the deadline so that they can have a say in the future of their country.

    With the deadline for registration in two days time, Mr Cole-Hamilton claimed that considering the importance of this election, young people cannot afford to sit it out and must get involved and vote.

  • Article: May 20, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for North East Fife, Elizabeth Riches, has expressed concern over the continuing delay in the Ministry of Defence agreeing to let out empty MOD properties in Leuchars and Cupar.

    Mrs Riches said, 'Since the RAF left Leuchars, over 100 properties have been lying empty for over three years. As this issue has been continually raised, I was pleased to hear that the MOD are now considering whether these houses should be let out. With over 12,000 people on the waiting list in Fife, there is a shortage of housing, especially in North East Fife, but there seems to be a total lack of urgency on the part of the MOD in addressing this. The most recent communication from their estates simply says they are 'considering options for dealing with this.'

  • Article: May 19, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat general election campaign chair Alex Cole-Hamilton will today be joined by young activists outside the U.K. Green Investment Bank headquarters in Edinburgh where Mr Cole-Hamilton will call on young voters to register so that they can have a say in their future.

    At a campaign event in Edinburgh while protesting the selling off of the UK Green Investment Bank, Alex Cole-Hamilton will urge young voters to make sure they register to vote before the deadline so that they can have a say in the future of the country. Mr Cole-Hamilton will declare that only the Liberal Democrats are making the steps necessary to leave behind a green legacy for future generations.

  • Article: May 19, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat general election campaign chair Alex Cole-Hamilton has today written to Liberal Democrat target seat campaigns across Scotland warning them to expect an imminent visit from the First Minister.

    Mr Cole-Hamilton's initiative comes after the First Minister has been in the shadow of Willie Rennie for ten days as he has visited target seats across Scotland including East Dunbartonshire, North East Fife, the Highlands, the North East and Edinburgh West.

  • Article: May 17, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today said that mental well being of young people must be made a priority after new research by the Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS) revealed that pupils in the most deprived areas have worse mental well being than their peers.

    The research follows shocking new figures revealed by the Liberal Democrats earlier in the week which showed children waiting over 600 days for vital mental health treatment.

  • Article: May 17, 2017

    On a visit to a local business in Glasgow this morning, the Liberal Democrat former business minister Jo Swinson set out the positive steps the party would take to support the economy and jobs.

    This comes after the most recent GDP figures show Scotland on the edge of recession. The Scottish unemployment figures, published again today, have wavered over recent months, showing the patchy performance of the Scottish economy.