A New Contract with the Capital

Read the coalition agreement between the Edinburgh Scottish National Party and the Edinburgh Labour Party here 

A Green And Living City

When Edinburgh Labour took responsibility for cleansing in the city from the previous Lib-Dem/SNP Council, the service had gone through years of uncertainty with the threat of privatisation. After spending millions of pounds on this proposed change, with staff morale at an all time low, they abandoned the idea. Labour was left to pick up the mess. Continue reading

Getting Around Our City

Edinburgh is a magnificent city, the fastest growing city in Scotland, with population growth of 1% per year. People from all over the UK, and beyond, make a positive choice to come here to live and to work. It is vital that those residents can walk, cycle and travel by public transport. So, over the last five years, Labour has worked hard to ensure that we are forward thinking in how people get around.  We have significantly increased investment in public transport.  Continue reading

Our Economy and Jobs

Edinburgh’s economy is the engine of the Scottish economy. Edinburgh has the highest output per resident and is significantly higher than the Scottish and UK average. Yet the SNP Government has cut our city's budget by more than any other Local Authority in the country. Continue reading

Our Homes

For the last five years, Labour has taken the lead in housing for the City at a time when demand for housing that people can afford is at an all-time high. Nearly one-third of Edinburgh households now live in expensive and insecure tenancies in the private rented sector. Labour's record of housing delivery has been good with more than 5000 households helped into new homes that they can afford, all built on brownfield sites across every neighbourhood. Continue reading

Our Caring City: Health and Social Care

For the last five years, as part of the Capital Coalition, Labour has taken the lead in health and social care services for the city - our current Convener of Health and Social Care, Councillor Ricky Henderson, outlines our priorities for health and social care services: Continue reading

Our Children: Education and Families

For the last five years, as part of the Capital Coalition, Labour has taken the lead in Education for the city - our current Convener of Education, Councillor Cammy Day, outlines our achievements: Continue reading

EDINBURGH DOESN’T WANT A SECOND REFERENDUM

Tonight the Nationalists fired the starting gun on a second independence referendum. Edinburgh does not want, and does not need another referendum. Another referendum won’t improve our schools or hospitals. Years of more division won’t lift a single child out of poverty or grow our city’s economy. Edinburgh Labour is focussed on protecting public services and improving our city for everyone who lives here, because together we’re stronger.  Continue reading

TOM WATSON: ONLY LABOUR COUNCILLORS WILL PROTECT EDINBURGH'S PUBLIC SERVICES

Tom Watson and Kezia Dugdale joined Edinburgh Labour council candidates to discuss our vision for Edinburgh.  We are clear. Edinburgh does not want, and does not need another referendum. Another referendum won’t improve our schools or hospitals. Years of more division won’t lift a single child out of poverty or grow our city’s economy. Edinburgh Labour is focussed on protecting public services and improving our city for everyone who lives here, because together we’re stronger.  Continue reading

Conference in historic vote for federalism

Scottish Labour Conference today backed federalism in a historic vote. Party members and trade unionists voted in favour of the establishment of a People's Constitutional Convention, following calls by Kezia Dugdale for a federal UK and a new Act of Union. The successful vote is the culmination of months of work by Kezia Dugdale. Scottish Labour believes our country is deeply divided, and the motion passed today states ‘we believe that together we’re stronger’. Continue reading