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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: Apr 27, 2017

    Responding to the announcement that Diageo's Leven plant in Fife is facing 70 redundancies and a further 35 redundancies at its Shieldhall site, near Glasgow, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "This is the cold sober reality of a hard Conservative Brexit. This is a huge employer in parts of Fife and Glasgow that needs the jobs.

  • Article: Apr 27, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today blasted the SNP Government for its inept handling of Scotland's agricultural sector, leaving thousands of farmers "struggling to make ends meet".

    Official statistics published today show that the average farm business income fell by almost 50% last year. Since a peak in income in 2010-11, commercial farms' income has decreased 75 per cent in real terms.

  • Article: Apr 27, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to end the blood donation ban for gay men and replace it with risk-based criteria for all potential donors.

    His comments come after MSPs at the Public Petitions Committee heard calls for the introduction of individual risk-based blood donation.

  • Article: Apr 27, 2017

    Responding to the comments made by Alex Salmond today where he said the upcoming general election will be about the right of Holyrood to stage indyref2, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "Alex Salmond is making a statement of the blindingly obvious. The SNP 1st, 2nd and every priority is independence. It shows they are utterly obsessed and can think of nothing else

  • Article: Apr 26, 2017

    After Nicola Sturgeon was pictured aboard a motorbike plastered with calls for an independence referendum, just hours after she claimed the general election was not about independence and postponed announcing her next steps at Holyrood, a Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson commented:

    "It has taken Nicola Sturgeon just 24 hours to reverse her policy and put independence back into her election campaign. It is no use Nicola Sturgeon revving up her independence campaign. People have already told her it is a wheelie bad idea. She shouldn't kickstart it again."

  • Article: Apr 26, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Willie Rennie MSP has today visited Inverclyde to back the local campaign for a regeneration of the Greenock's Town Centre. The 'Town Centre Action Plan' which aims to deliver an improvement in the shopping areas.

    Commenting Mr Rennie said:

    "Town Centres are the heart of local communities. Times have changed with the growth of online shopping and out of town retail parks. It is more and more important that local councils and the Scottish Government work together to reinvent town centres and help them compete it the modern economy."

  • Article: Apr 25, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has today said that the SNP is in disarray as the First Minister has tried to decouple the upcoming general election from independence.

    Commenting Mr Rennie said:

    "Nicola Sturgeon has lost the plot. For months she has been having a tantrum - demanding that Scots have another independence referendum so we could stay in Europe. When support dropped she got cold feet. First she watered down her EU policy to keep Brexit supporters on board. Now she is backing off independence to stop her party shedding votes in the general election. This is a party in disarray.

  • Article: Apr 25, 2017

    Nicola Sturgeon is taking Scots for fools. That is the view of the Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats. Willie Rennie made the comments after the First Minister said the general election was not about independence.

    Mr Rennie said:

    "Nicola Sturgeon is taking Scots for fools if she thinks we'll believe her codswallop on the purpose of the election. She has spent weeks demanding an independence referendum but now wants us to forget all about it.

  • Article: Apr 25, 2017

    As Holyrood is set to debate the controversial rape clause today, Scottish Liberal Democrat social security spokesperson Caron Lindsay said:

    "The entire Tory approach to child tax credits is like something from Victorian times and, by their own admission, some Tory MSPs view it as 'awkward'. After the comments yesterday by Jackson Carlaw it is clear that there are those that oppose the idea but are willing to wave it through to avoid an upset within their ranks.

  • Article: Apr 25, 2017

    Responding to new research from the FSB showing that two thirds of Scottish small employers with EU workers are concerned about future skills shortages, Scottish Liberal Democrats have warned that Brexit is bogging down small businesses.

    The research also shows that 19% of Scottish small employers would consider closing their business if Brexit creates additional barriers to recruiting EU citizens, 37% would consider reducing operations and 12% would consider moving their business abroad.

    Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Cllr Carolyn Caddick said:

    "These new figures show that a hard Conservative Brexit presents a massive threat to small businesses, with almost one-in-five small employers considering closing their business if Brexit creates additional barriers to recruiting EU citizens.

    "Instead of equipping small businesses to expand and thrive, the Tories are set to deprive firms of the labour they need while the SNP preside skills shortages and an education system that is slipping. That is not the way to create jobs and build a high-wage, high-skill economy.

    "The best thing we can do for businesses in Scotland is to keep Scotland in the UK and the UK in the EU. Liberal Democrats stand with the majority opinion and are relishing the chance to change the direction of the whole UK at this general election."