Campaigning in Scotand’s 2021 parliamentary elections is underway, with voters going to the polls on May 6. The Edinburgh area is crucial to our hopes of lifting our number of MSPs, putting recovery first and ending the SNP’s unhealthy dominance of Scottish politics.
Make best use of your votes
Each voter has two votes in the election which will return 129 MSPs to a new parliament, our sixth since the parliament was re-established in 1999. The first vote – on the lilac-coloured ballot paper - is for your constituency MSP, elected by the ‘first past the post’ system used in Westminster elections. The second – on the peach paper – is for the regional list, a form of proportional representation, with Edinburgh part of the Lothian region.
Since the last Scottish Parliament elections in 2016 support for the Liberal Democrats has grown across Lothian. In the European elections in May 2019, the Liberal Democrats came second to the SNP across the region, ahead of Labour, the Greens and the Conservatives. In the UK’s 2019 general election, we were the only pro-UK political party to increase our support in Scotland.
There are nine constituencies in Lothian, of which six are in Edinburgh. In the present parliament, Edinburgh Western is represented by Lib Dem Alex Cole-Hamilton. We have every hope that, as a hardworking and popular MSP, Alex will be re-elected.
A strong vote for the Liberal Democrats across Lothian would see the party gain a list seat. If Alex is re-elected in Edinburgh Western, then our No.2 candidate on the Lothian list, former city councillor and human rights lawyer Fred Mackintosh would become your Lothian Lib Dem list MSP.
Please vote for both our Edinburgh constituency and Lothian list candidates.
Vote Lib Dem to put recovery first
As Liberal Democrats, we believe Scotland needs to focus on recovering from the pandemic rather than another divisive independence referendum. We stand for firm action on the climate emergency, greater investment in education and a closer relationship with our European partners. Our numbers in the present parliament may be small but, under Willie Rennie’s leadership, we have been a hard-working and effective opposition, winning, for example, more than £300m in extra spending for mental health, education and councils in this year’s budget.
If we can increase our presence in May, we can do much more.
Not registered – there’s still time
To vote, you must be registered – if you aren’t, the deadline is April 19. If you are already registered but would like a postal vote, the deadline is April 6. Find out more here.