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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: Oct 17, 2017

    Christine Jardine MP is to raise concerns over proposed changes to Edinburgh Airport flight path directly with the National Aircraft Service (NATS).

    This follows a meeting Ms Jardine had with the Civil Aviation Authority earlier this month on the same issue.

    Ms Jardine, MP for Edinburgh West, stressed the aim of the talks with NATS is to ensure that the best solution for the new flight path is reached for both her constituents in Cramond and South Queensferry and Edinburgh Airport.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2017

    Commenting on proposals reported today that peerages given to new members of the House of Lords could be limited to 15 years, Alistair Carmichael, Liberal Democrat Chief Whip, said:

    "The Liberal Democrats have always advocated democratic reform of the House of the Lords. But the brutal truth is that this Government simply has no appetite for the fundamental reform which the House of Lords desperately needs.

    "The Liberal Democrats fought hard for democratic reform of the Lords during the coalition period, but were thwarted by a conservative alliance of Tory and Labour MPs.

    "The Burns report makes interesting proposals for reducing the size of the Lords, which everyone agrees is necessary. But we should not be having to rely on a backbench committee to make any progress on the issue. We've had 1,000 years of unelected peers and we're still discussing the solutions in back rooms, rather than driving forward with democratic change."

  • Article: Oct 16, 2017

    Commenting on Theresa May's hastily planned trip to Brussels later today, which comes as negotiations have reached a deadlock, Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable said:

    "In the current breakdown there is fault on both sides. The EU27 must accept that there is some link between outstanding issues such as Northern Ireland and trade.

    "But the British government must also accept that its internal disagreements make it impossible to make any headway as they still haven't told the EU what they actually want from the negotiations.

    "It's good to see the Prime Minister finally acting with a bit of urgency. The deadlock must be broken, and we must move on with the negotiations as quickly as possible.

    "There is no doubt that no deal would be disastrous, and Theresa May must use her trip to Brussels today to rule it out once and for all."

  • Article: Oct 16, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson and Edinburgh West MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has today called on the Scottish Government to better support emergency services after it was revealed that 2,000 people in the last year have been waiting for more than an hour for an ambulance to arrive.

    Figures published by the Scotsman revealed that nearly 2000 patients with non-life-threatening illnesses had to wait 60 minutes for paramedics in the Lothian's last year.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today revealed the 18-week target for mental health care has been missed for more than 10,000 children and young people since it was introduced three years ago.

    Since December 2014 the Scottish Government has set a standard for the NHS in Scotland to deliver a maximum wait of 18 weeks from a patient's referral to treatment for specialist CAMH (child and adolescent mental health) services.

  • Article: Oct 14, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton will today make a speech at the Rally for Europe in Edinburgh where he will say that a vote on the reality of Brexit is the best path forward in securing a prosperous future for the United Kingdom.

    Mr Cole-Hamilton is expected to say:

    "Now I heard that Boris Johnson said that if we had to, in the event of no deal we could live without our EU workforce, that they only make up 3% of our health and social care workforce so we could probably tough it out. Boris, your spinal column makes up 3% of your body mass, try functioning without that.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2017

    Responding to the publication of guidance for the delivery of restorative justice in Scotland, nearly four years after a Scottish Liberal Democrat amendment secured a commitment to producing it, the party's justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:

    "While it is welcome that the SNP Government has finally issued guidance on the use of restorative justice, we have had to wait nearly four years since Liberal Democrats secured a commitment to producing this.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP is teaming up with a physiotherapist to bust the stigma around incontinence and call for a nationwide strategy.

    He wants to see training put in place for midwives and health practitioners on the benefits of physiotherapy exercises, an awareness campaign and research into the costs, extent and causes of incontinence.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2017

    Commenting on a YouGov poll showing massive support for GPs from patients, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "Scotland's GPs do amazing work often under difficult circumstances and this poll shows how highly their work is valued by patients

    "Sadly this SNP Government has overseen a serious shortage of GPs causing more and more practices to close or restrict access.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2017

    Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has today been announced as the new Scotland spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats at Westminster.

    Following the announcement, Ms Jardine said: "I am thrilled to be Scotland spokesperson in this unprecedented period for our country.

    "In these uncertain times it is of paramount importance that we, as MPs, hold the UK Government to account for its policy towards Scotland.