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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: Jun 27, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today described Scottish Government plans to absorb British Transport Police into Police Scotland as "flawed" as the party voted against the Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill at today's Stage 3 debate.

    Mr McArthur said:

    "This bill has been criticised by officers, unions and railway staff and indeed a majority of respondents to the government's consultation ranged from sceptical to hostile.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2017

    Responding to the statement made by the First Minister this afternoon in the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

    "The First Minister has had a long hard think about her plans for independence. And after that long hard think the First Minister has concluded that the First Minister should call another independence referendum at a time of the First Minister's choosing. So absolutely nothing has changed.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2017

    Commenting on official homelessness statistics released today, Scottish Liberal Democrat social security spokesperson Caron Lindsay commented:

    "It is appalling to learn that there has been a 16% increase in the number of children in temporary accommodation in the last year. The disruption, insecurity and stress that this causes is unacceptable.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has branded the SNP Government's record on tackling long cancer waiting times as "simply unacceptable" after new figures show that it has been 54 months since it last met the 62-day waiting time target.

    Figures published today by ISD Scotland show that performance continues to fall short, with only 2 of 14 NHS boards meeting the 62-day cancer treatment target. The last time the target was met was in the quarter of October-December 2012 which means the Scottish Government has repeatedly failed to reach the target for 54 consecutive months.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today said the creation of a new expert group to make changes to the police's use of biometrics was long overdue, coming 18 months after an HMICS report vindicated the party's concerns and recommended an overhaul.

    A 2015 Liberal Democrat investigation triggered concerns about how the police use new and emerging biometric technologies such as facial recognition.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2017

    Responding to the letter sent from the Scottish Green party to the First Minister urging her to "continue fighting" for indyref2, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

    "It's difficult to believe that anyone could be more out of touch on this than the SNP but the Greens have managed it. Patrick Harvie has obviously been living on the international space station if he thinks that Scots want another independence referendum."

  • Article: Jun 27, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today revealed that it will cost Police Scotland more than a quarter of a billion pounds to maintain the crumbling police estate over the next ten years.

    In response to a freedom of information request to the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Police Scotland revealed that the projected cost of maintenance anticipated over the next decade was more than £260 million. This will be spent simply on maintaining an estate that many within the national force have described as not fit for purpose.

  • Article: Jun 27, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat connectivity spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today warned that rural communities are being left behind after new research revealed that three Scottish local authority areas have been ranked as the worst places in the UK for broadband speeds.

    According to research by consumer rights organisation Which? of 389 areas in the UK, the Orkney Islands finished at the foot of the table with an average test speed of just 6.3Mbps. They are followed by the Shetland Islands (8.4Mbps), with Highland (8.8Mbps) third from bottom.

  • 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.