Jo Swinson is the Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Liberal Democrat candidate for East Dunbartonshire at the 2019 General Election.
Jo Swinson is standing as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Prime Minister, one of only three people and the only woman in contention for the position. People across Britain deserve a better choice than an entitled Etonian or a 1970s socialist.
Many believe this General Election is one of the most unpredictable in recent history, with polling indicating that the Liberal Democrats are within a small swing of winning hundreds of seats. Experts expect to see big shifts in voting patterns defined largely by Brexit.
Jo Swinson won back her home seat of East Dunbartonshire in 2017 on a 16% swing, and she says she is confident of winning again. Her SNP opponent in 2015 and 2017 has chosen to stand in a different constituency.
Yes! Under Jo Swinson, the Liberal Democrats have been the strongest party of Remain. A vote for the Liberal Democrats in 2019 is a vote to stop Brexit and build a brighter future.
Jo Swinson first became the MP for East Dunbartonshire in 2005, aged just 25. She lost the seat at the 2015 General Election, but regained it in 2017.
Jo Swinson became leader of the Liberal Democrats on 22 July 2019. She defeated Sir Ed Davey in a ballot of party members.
In September Jo Swinson told the Liberal Democrats party conference: ‘I am Scottish, I am British, I am European. I am a proud Scot, I love our United Kingdom, and I feel stronger as part of the European family.’
No. Jo Swinson has said independence would be disastrous for Scotland. The Liberal Democrats are against another independence referendum.
Jo Swinson was not a Member of Parliament when MPs voted to trigger Article 50 in early 2017.
Jo Swinson has absolutely, categorically ruled out Liberal Democrat votes putting Jeremy Corbyn into Number 10. He will not give a straight answer on the biggest issue of the day, and his plans would be a threat to the economy and national security.
Jo Swinson has said she is not going to support Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn to be prime minister because they’re not up to the job. Our country deserves better.
Jo Swinson joined the Liberal Democrats aged 17. She was a junior Minister in the Coalition Government from 2010 to 2015. Jo won battles against the Tories on things like gender pay gap reporting and clamping down on payday lenders.
Jo Swinson married Duncan Hames, then also a Liberal Democrat MP, in 2011. They have two children, Andrew born in December 2013, and Gabriel born in June 2018.
Jo Swinson’s husband is Director of Policy for Transparency International UK, a politically impartial charity fighting corruption worldwide. A BBC investigation found online allegations that he benefitted personally from European Union funding were false.
Jo Swinson was made a CBE in the 2018 New Year Honours list for political and public service.
Jo Swinson’s personal best came in the London Marathon of 2011, which she completed in a time of 3 hours 57 minutes. She holds the record as the fastest woman MP at the event.