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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: Jul 25, 2017

    Responding to reports that ScotRail have installed a high-pitch Mosquito sound device to deter young people from gathering at Hamilton train station, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "The children's commissioner and many human rights groups have argued that these devices discriminate against children and young people.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today criticised the Scottish Government for missing another cancer target after new statistics show it has failed to meet its target to detect cancer earlier.

    In February 2012 Nicola Sturgeon launched the Detect Cancer Early programme, aiming to increase the proportion of people diagnosed early in the disease process (at stage 1) by 25% by the end of 2015. New statistics published this morning show it has only increased by 9.2%, with just one health board meeting the standard.

  • Article: Jul 24, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today called for action over the treatment of unaccompanied child refugees, branding the UK government "shameful" after it was confirmed that none have arrived under the Dubs resettlement scheme in 2017.

    The call comes as the Scottish and Welsh governments write to the UK immigration minister raising concerns about the treatment of unaccompanied child refugees.Last week, the Home Office confirmed that only about 200 children entered the UK under the scheme last year and none have arrived in 2017.

  • Article: Jul 24, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today said that early intervention is needed to end Scotland's obesity crisis, after new research revealed that the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was called to assist more than 150 overweight people in the past four years.

    A freedom of information request by the Scottish Liberal Democrats showed that since January 2013 firefighters attended 159 "bariatric incidents", including people becoming trapped and assisting other agencies in moving individuals.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2017

    Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has warned that there is "no end in sight" to the timetable for re-tendering Orkney's lifeline shipping contract, after the Transport Minister today announced a delay to the Scottish Government's review of ferry procurement contracts.

    The policy review, announced in February this year, was originally planned to finish in the autumn.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, Christine Jardine has today encouraged the Scottish Government and local authorities to use the new Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal as an opportunity to transform investment in the region.

    The deal agreed between the Scottish Government, six local authorities, University of Edinburgh and the UK Government and worth hundreds of millions of pounds, was officially signed in Edinburgh today.

    Ms Jardine said:

    "The City Deal process was spearheaded by the Liberal Democrats in government and I'm delighted to see this deal finally signed off on.

    "These deals show what can be achieved when both of Scotland's governments stop bickering and get serious about bringing investment to the area.

    "We now have a huge opportunity to improve infrastructure and bring in much-needed investment in housing, innovation and transport to Edinburgh and South East Scotland as well as creating more than 20,000 jobs which in the current uncertain economic climate is welcome. I am particularly pleased that £140m has been earmarked for much needed road, transport and other improvements in West Edinburgh.

    "However, it's now essential that promises are delivered upon and this money is invested in ways that will benefit the whole region."

  • Article: Jul 19, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have described new figures showing the gender pay gap amongst highly paid employees at the BBC as a "wake-up call."

    Figures published today have shown that of the 108 people at the BBC who earn more than £150,000, just 34 are women.

    Only five women are in the top 20 and one in the top 10. Claudia Winkleman, the top earning female. earns a quarter (£400,000 - £449,000) of the salary of the highest earning male, Chris Evans (£2.2m - 2.249m).

  • Article: Jul 18, 2017

    Responding to a report from Reform Scotland revealing that the Scottish Government are set to miss their target of at least 90% of GP surgeries offering repeat prescriptions and appointment booking online by the end of 2017, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "This is another NHS target that the Scottish Government are going to miss.

  • Article: Jul 18, 2017

    Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has welcomed the letter from senior figures across Scottish politics, business, academia and the arts calling for a halt to Brexit, published in today's Herald.

    Ms Jardine said: "This letter is a significant, and welcome, intervention from representatives from all areas of Scottish society on an issue with profound implications for all of us.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2017

    Responding to reports that some of Scotland's key teacher training courses are half empty weeks before they are due to start, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

    "The Scottish Government say that education is their main priority.

    "But schools need teachers and just a month before young people go back to classrooms many training places are still empty. The SNP have spent a decade saying independence is the answer to everything. It is certainly not the answer to recruiting teachers.