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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: Aug 14, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today written to the Justice Secretary calling for a review of the office of Judicial Complaints Reviewer following "blistering" accounts from the previous two incumbents.

    Michael Matheson today appointed a new Judicial Complaints Reviewer. However, Mr McArthur highlighted the fact both Moi Ali and Gillian Thompson criticised the support they received and questioned the future of the role upon leaving office.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2017

    Speaking in response to Scottish Government comments on the Scottish Liberal Democrats' Freedom of Information story published today, spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

    "It is typically duplicitous of the SNP to claim they are being held to account for the amount of information released. The issue is all about when they release it.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today written to Ofcom to request a full investigation into delivery charges and practices among retailers and carriers to protect the million consumers in rural Scotland hit by unfair delivery charges.

    Mr Rumbles commented:

    "No one should expect a poorer standard of delivery service simply because of where they live. However, all too often retailers are getting away with charging discriminatory delivery charges to rural and islands residents or, perhaps worse, excluding these households from delivery options.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Tavish Scott today warned that changes to freedom of information policy are having a chilling effect on journalism and called for publication procedures to be considered as part of a full independent inquiry.

    The call from the party comes after countless complaints from journalists, opposition parties, the independent Information Commissioner and open access campaigners about the Scottish Government's adherence to freedom of information laws. Criticisms include failing to reply to requests, late responses, minutes of meetings not being taken so it can't be released and special advisors becoming involved in assessing the responses collated by expert civil servants "for accuracy".

  • Article: Aug 10, 2017

    Responding to the publication of the second Evaluation of Police and Fire Reform, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP commented:

    "Frontline police officers and firefighters are telling us that they are stretched. They are hamstrung by a lack of resources, the decision to cut valuable civilian expertise and their reliance on outdated IT systems. It is hard for anyone to do their job to the best of their ability without the right support.

  • Article: Aug 9, 2017

    Responding to comments from Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson which suggest that she is open to dropping the Conservative party's net migration target and removing students from immigration figures, Shetland said:

    "So far Ruth Davidson has failed to show that she has a jot of influence on the Prime Minister's cold and mean-spirited vision of Britain outside Europe. She makes up a new policy a day to appear reasonable and is ignored by the Tory brexiteers.

  • Article: Aug 8, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat connectivity spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today accused the Scottish Government of getting its excuses in early after ministers claimed BT proposals would jeopardise their plans for 100% broadband coverage.

    Mr Rumbles said:

    "The Scottish Government know they will struggle to fulfil their manifesto promise of 30mbps for every home and business in Scotland by 2021.That is why they are getting their excuses in early. Any failure can be blamed on the UK Government, rather than admitting that it is time the Scottish Government put their hands in their pockets instead of relying on Broadband Development UK.

  • Article: Aug 8, 2017

    Responding to an increase in the number of delayed discharges in June 2017, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP said:

    "At any one time, around 1,000 patients are stuck in hospital because a care home place isn't available, the support they need to return home isn't there or their needs haven't been assessed. That dreadful situation is made worse by the fact that Liberal Democrat freedom of information requests uncovered some patients waiting hundreds of days.

  • Article: Aug 7, 2017

    Responding to the Scottish Government's announcement of the distribution of EU maritime and fisheries funds and that Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing plans a "summer tour" of highland shows and rural payments offices, Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

    "This announcement of EU funding for maritime projects in the North East and elsewhere will be welcomed by a Cabinet Secretary who has been all at sea too often over the past few months.

  • Article: Aug 6, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP has today called for McCrone 2 - a root and branch review and new agreement on teachers' terms and conditions and the demands placed upon them.

    The McCrone Agreement, reached sixteen years ago, was designed to take the teaching profession into the 21st century.