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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: Sep 25, 2017

    Responding to the latest round of talks between UK and Scottish Government ministers, Scottish Liberal Democrat Europe spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats have consistently been clear that the Brexit negotiations must respect the principles of devolution, as well as guarantee that vital protections from workers' rights to the environment are maintained.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today called on the Scottish Government to ensure that the forthcoming climate change plan ensures Scotland is a "world leader" after the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) said the draft contained little beyond existing policy.

    The CCC warned that recent progress was unlikely to continue beyond 2020.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today raised concerns over reports that GP receptionists are screening patients in a bid to reduce the number of appointments.

    Reports today reveal that receptionists and administrative staff are being trained as 'care navigators' so that they are able to direct patients to other health professionals. It follows the news that one in eleven GP surgeries are turning away new patients.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today criticised the Scottish Government for its shambles over business rates after it was revealed that there have been 1331 revaluation appeals made by businesses in Fife which accounts for 11% of all appeals across Scotland.

    Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader and North East Fife MSP Willie Rennie said:

  • Article: Sep 25, 2017

    Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has called for women born in the 1950s and affected by state pension inequalities to bring her their stories to help the fight for a better deal.

    The Lib Dem MP wants to build a dossier of evidence to present to the UK Government showing the hardship caused by the way the changes to pensionable women were implemented.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrats justice spokesperson Liam McArthur has today welcomed the move by the Scottish Government to have a MSP join the selection panel that will appoint the new chair of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) but called on Michael Matheson to commit to meaningful longer term reform.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Mike Rumbles MSP today revealed the most dangerous trunk roads in Scotland as new figures showed that serious and fatal accidents on roads managed directly by the Scottish Government are higher now than in 2013.

    The most fatal and serious crashes were recorded on the A90, A9, A82, A96 and the A85. The A90 has recorded 147 such accidents since 2013 - one every 10 days.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today called on the Education Secretary to confirm whether data on local schools' performance will be obtainable under freedom of information laws after John Swinney insisted that the government will only collect sufficient data to analyse national trends in education.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has welcomed confirmation today, in a parliamentary answer from the Scottish Government, that refurbished High Speed Trains due in Scotland next year will have twice as many cycle spaces for intermediate stations as previously planned.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today called on the Scottish Government to ensure that the forthcoming Planning Bill gives local communities a "genuine voice" in planning decisions.

    The party's announcement comes as former First Minister Henry McLeish launches a new alliance of organisations working across the planning and placemaking sectors pressing for a more inclusive, collaborative and innovative planning system when the Planning Bill is introduced to Holyrood later this year. The alliance includes organisations such as the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and COSLA.