History of Scottish Liberals

Who we are

The Scottish Liberal Democrats were formed on 3 March 1988 from the merger of the Scottish Liberal Party and the Social Democratic Party in Scotland. We are a State Party of the Liberal Democrats, a federal political party that organises across Great Britain.

As founding members of Liberal International, we work with our friends across the world; including the Alliance Party in Northern Ireland, the Liberal Party of Canada, the Democratic Alliance of South Africa and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.

We are a democratic party. Our members elect our leaders and office-bearers, choose our candidates, write and approve our polices and campaign to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society here in Scotland.

Read about our history in the following pages:

Origins & Interwar   Liberal Revival     Scottish Liberal Democrats    Liberals in Governments