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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

    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.

  • Article: Jun 23, 2017

    Commenting on the news that the Scottish Government applied for an extension on CAP payments on Tuesday, Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:

    "This is an outrageous revelation. Despite being directly asked at FMQs today the First Minister made no mention of the fact an extension had been
    applied for two days ago.

  • Article: Jun 23, 2017

    Liberal Democrats are among the parties today endorsing a bid to scrap the SNP's Offensive Behaviour at Football Act, following the formal introduction of a Bill that would repeal the controversial legislation.

    Commenting, Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

    "With the repeal bill now being formally lodged, the final whistle is in sight for this unpopular and unnecessary act.

  • Article: Jun 22, 2017

    Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has today warned SNP Ministers must not "dictate to Highlands and Islands Enterprise" following the publication of the government's controversial Enterprise and Skills Stage 2 review.

    The report, published today following a six month campaign and two parliamentary defeats on the government's proposed plans, sets out an "absolute expectation that the agencies will work to align their delivery with the priorities set out by the Strategic Board."

  • Article: Jun 22, 2017

    Nicola Sturgeon is transforming into a Neo-fundamentalist with her uncompromising pursuit of independence. In a speech to party members in Cupar tonight the Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie will say that the First Minister must back down and accept that the voters at the election on June 8th were clearly rejecting another independence referendum.

  • Article: Jun 22, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP today said that a new Audit Scotland report, highlighting deteriorating college finances and the serious challenges facing the sector, vindicates calls for new investment to repair Scotland's colleges.

    Commenting, Mr Scott said:

    "Scottish Liberal Democrats have consistently argued the need to repair our colleges following years of SNP cuts. This Audit Scotland report vindicates our calls for significant new investment to boost the economy and help people get on in life.