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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 20, 2017

    Commenting after this afternoon's debate on taxation Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP said:

    "By abstaining in the parliamentary vote the SNP have accepted that taxes should rise. The job now is to decide exactly what that tax package should be.

    "We believe that we need a modest tax rise to invest in education to make it the best in the world again. We don't want to tax for the sake of it. We want to see a transformational investment in education to give our children the best start in life and provide them with the tools to succeed.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today called on ministers to make an urgent parliamentary statement following the revelations that combustible cladding has been found on some private high-rise properties in Glasgow.

    At the Local Government committee this morning a planning official from Glasgow Council told MSPs that the cladding had been found on some buildings in Glasgow. He added that "it's not public information yet" although ministers had been informed. The official also revealed that despite combustible cladding having been found, neither the fire service nor local residents had been told.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, Jamie Stone has today called on the Scottish Government to tackle their "tragic failure of care" after a new investigation highlighted the plight of pregnant women in the Highlands forced to travel hundreds of miles for medical care.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2017

    Responding to John Swinney's comments at the Scottish Learning Festival, Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott MSP said:

    "John Swinney has failed to convince Parliament that his endless pursuit of structural changes to education is working.

    "His own self-appointed education advisors have told him to stop obsessing about structure.

  • Article: Sep 20, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles today used a Holyrood debate to call on the Scottish Government to tackle the inadequacy of mental health services and end the blanket ban on prisoner voting.

    Mr Rumbles used the debate on "Dignity, Equality and Human Rights for All" to draw attention to the Scottish Human Rights Commission's warning that in Scotland "significant human rights challenges continue to be felt in people's day-to-day lives".

  • Article: Sep 19, 2017

    Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today said long waits for physio will be affecting people's quality of life after it was revealed a waiting time target was once again missed by a huge margin.

    New figures from ISD Scotland show less than 55% of patients referred for physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropody/podiatry or orthotics were seen within the four-week waiting time target during the quarter ending June 2017.

  • Article: Sep 18, 2017

    Speaking after the Liberal Democrats autumn conference passed a motion calling on the Government to halt the roll out of Universal Credit, Scottish Liberal Democrat social security spokesperson Caron Lindsay said:

    "Families waiting weeks for their first payment are having to borrow money to make ends meet and rent arrears are going through the roof.

  • Article: Sep 16, 2017

    Speaking at the rally to mark the start of Liberal Democrat conference, Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader, Jo Swinson, will describe the Liberal Democrats as the party that got knocked down but got up again.

    She will say that the Lib Dem policy of "protecting our place in Europe, and our unity behind this goal, have helped us reach out and achieve our highest ever membership.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2017

    Responding to the terror incident at Parsons Green today, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said:

    "My thoughts are with all those affected in London and my deepest sympathies are with those desperately waiting for news from family and friends".

    "The emergency services are doing such a fantastic job to keep people safe and we should all take this opportunity to pay tribute to their hard work."

  • Article: Sep 15, 2017

    Vince Cable has said the Liberal Democrats are the only party offering an exit from Brexit and a serious, long-term approach to the economy, as the party begins its Autumn Conference in Bournemouth this weekend.

    The conference will see a thousands of Liberal Democrats come to the town including the highest number of first-timers on record. On Tuesday, Vince will make his first speech to Conference as party leader.

    Ahead of conference, Vince Cable said:

    "This is a critical time in British politics, the country has a weak government trembling over a cliff edge. Only the Liberal Democrats have been strong and honest in warning the country about the dangers of Brexit.

    "The Liberal Democrats will fight to keep Britain in the Single Market and offer an exit from Brexit - a referendum on the final Brexit deal with the option to remain.

    "The Liberal Democrats go into conference bigger, more diverse, and significantly more influential than before the General Election. With a hung parliament, a weak Conservative government, a divided Labour Party and the Brexit process underway, the Liberal Democrats can make a real difference to the future of our country. Bournemouth is a chance to set out our vision."