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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 24, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today said that the victory of Emmanuel Macron in the first round of French presidential election shows that liberalism across Europe is fighting back against the politics of hate and division.

    Emmanuel Macron who was an outsider at the beginning of the election won the first round with 23.8% of the vote and will go into the next round against far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2017

    Opposition parties are ignoring the Brexit elephant in the room the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has said today. The comments come as Nicola Sturgeon and Jeremy Corbyn address the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) in Aviemore with neither party putting Brexit to the front of their address despite the fact that Brexit will have a huge impact on workers' rights and social standards.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2017

    On a visit to Dundee today, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has said that heartlands for the SNP like Dundee are prone to Lib Dem scalps.

    Commenting Mr Rennie said:

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats are on the rise and we're intent on winning. Liberal Democrat Councillors and campaigners across Scotland make a difference in local communities and are in tune with local people.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2017

    Following on from Tim Farron's comments today on ruling out a coalition deal with Labour or the Conservatives, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "A vote for the Liberal Democrats in this election is a vote for a strong opposition and a vote to change the direction of this country for the better. There will be no coalition with Theresa May's Conservatives or Jeremy Corbyn's Labour. No ifs, no buts.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrats have today announced that Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton will chair the party's general election campaign in Scotland, as the party aims to change the direction of the UK.

    Alex Cole-Hamilton said:

    "I'm honoured to take on this important role for my party. We have a great grassroots organisation that is hungry for victory.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2017

    Responding to the announcement today that new measures are to be introduced to tackle drug-drivers, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "I welcome this step to make drug-driving enforcement more effective. Ensuring there are no loopholes in the legislation will make our roads safer and save lives.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today declared that momentum has given the Liberal Democrats the upper hand in the snap general election.

    Since the announcement on Tuesday of a snap election 8,000 people have joined the party with membership more than double than what it was before the election in 2015. The party also raised £500,000 in just 48 hours.

  • Article: Apr 21, 2017

    While visiting a farm near Kelty this morning to help with the lambing season, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said that the upcoming council election is a chance for Liberal Democrat local champions to breathe new life into communities across Scotland.

    Commenting Mr Rennie said:

    "With less than two weeks until polling day Liberal Democrat candidates have a spring in their step.

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat energy spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today accused the UK government of being "environmentally irresponsible" after the controversial sale of the Green Investment Bank to an Australian bank in a cut price deal.

    The Green Investment Bank, set up by the UK government five years ago to invest in renewable and low carbon projects, has been sold to Macquarie Bank for £2.3bn.

  • Article: Apr 20, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today called for a "fundamental shift in culture" at the Scottish Police Authority after a new letter from HMICS raised questions over the transparency and inclusiveness of authority decisions.

    Mr McArthur said:

    "The letter by HM Inspector of Constabulary is the latest and most significant evidence that the SPA board needs a fundamental shift in culture and approach. As Scottish Liberal Democrats have long argued, dissent, transparency and openness to scrutiny will not damage the SPA's position but instead strengthen it.