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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 26, 2017

    Responding to the deal that has been announced between the Conservatives and the DUP, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

    "This deal may prop up Theresa May's premiership in the short term but it will have damaging long term effects on the country.

    "To side with one of the parties in Northern Ireland could undermine the peace process.

  • Article: Jun 26, 2017

    Responding to today's reports on the SNP's plan to delay their plans for another independence referendum, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

    "People of Scotland won't be fooled by this SNP tactic. They are keeping the referendum on the table because for the SNP will always be independence first and foremost.

  • Article: Jun 23, 2017

    Commenting on the news that the Scottish Government applied for an extension on CAP payments on Tuesday, Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

    "This is an outrageous revelation. Despite being directly asked at FMQs today the First Minister made no mention of the fact an extension had been
    applied for two days ago.

  • Article: Jun 23, 2017

    Liberal Democrats are among the parties today endorsing a bid to scrap the SNP's Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, following the formal introduction of a Bill that would repeal the controversial legislation.

    Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "With the repeal bill now being formally lodged, the final whistle is in sight for this unpopular and unnecessary act.

  • Article: Jun 22, 2017

    Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has today warned SNP Ministers must not "dictate to Highlands and Islands Enterprise" following the publication of the government's controversial Enterprise and Skills Stage 2 review.

    The report, published today following a six month campaign and two parliamentary defeats on the government's proposed plans, sets out an "absolute expectation that the agencies will work to align their delivery with the priorities set out by the Strategic Board."

  • Article: Jun 22, 2017

    Nicola Sturgeon is transforming into a Neo-fundamentalist with her uncompromising pursuit of independence. In a speech to party members in Cupar tonight the Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie will say that the First Minister must back down and accept that the voters at the election on June 8th were clearly rejecting another independence referendum.

  • Article: Jun 22, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP today said that a new Audit Scotland report, highlighting deteriorating college finances and the serious challenges facing the sector, vindicates calls for new investment to repair Scotland's colleges.

    Commenting, Mr Scott said:

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats have consistently argued the need to repair our colleges following years of SNP cuts. This Audit Scotland report vindicates our calls for significant new investment to boost the economy and help people get on in life.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Tavish Scott has today demanded a full independent inquiry on freedom of information practices during this afternoons debate where the Scottish Government has been heavily criticised for its handling of FOI requests.

    Commenting, Mr Scott said:

    "There should be an independent inquiry and there should be no retreat from this position. The issues that we have seen raised are down to the Scottish Government and their performance and trying to spin anything short of a full independent inquiry will not be good enough. SNP ministers should not once again be trying to hide from their own failures and face up to proper public scrutiny."

  • Article: Jun 21, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat rural spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today criticised the Scottish Government's disastrous handling of farm payments during a debate in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon.

    The debate follows on from an Audit Scotland report from last week which revealed that the Scottish Government faces a further £60 million in fines for its errors. The report detailed a number of blunders in the delivery of the Common Agricultural Policy Futures programme, highlighting the Scottish Government's failure to manage or evaluate the potential cost of the continuing crisis.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2017

    Following the introduction of the Social Security Bill, paving the way for the devolution of powers over eleven benefits, Scottish Liberal Democrat social security spokesperson Caron Lindsay commented:

    "In the Smith Commission, Scottish Liberal Democrats pushed for extensive new powers to come to Scotland and we're delighted to see that the delivery of these powers is moving forward.