Jo Swinson

British politician and leader of the Liberal Democrats (born 1980)

Joanne Kate "Jo" Swinson CBE (born 5 February 1980) is a British politician who was the Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 22 July 2019 to 12 December 2019. Before this She was the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2017. She was a member of the UK Parliament for an area in Scotland called "East Dunbartonshire".

Jo Swinson

Swinson in 2017
Leader of the Liberal Democrats
In office
22 July 2019 – 13 December 2019
DeputySir Ed Davey
PresidentThe Baroness Brinton
Preceded bySir Vince Cable
Succeeded bySir Ed Davey
Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats
In office
20 June 2017 – 22 July 2019
LeaderTim Farron
Sir Vince Cable
Preceded byMalcolm Bruce
Succeeded bySir Ed Davey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs
In office
4 September 2012 – 8 May 2015
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byNorman Lamb
Succeeded byThe Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Deputy Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats
In office
20 September 2010 – 23 September 2012
LeaderTavish Scott
Willie Rennie
Preceded byMichael Moore
Succeeded byAlistair Carmichael
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
In office
16 June 2017 – 22 July 2019
LeaderTim Farron
Sir Vince Cable
Preceded byTom Brake
Succeeded byChuka Umunna
Liberal Democrat Scotland Spokeswoman
In office
8 March 2006 – 20 December 2007
LeaderMenzies Campbell
Vince Cable
Preceded byThe 3rd Viscount Thurso
Succeeded byAlistair Carmichael
Member of Parliament
for East Dunbartonshire
In office
8 June 2017 – 6 November 2019
Preceded byJohn Nicolson
Succeeded byAmy Callaghan
In office
5 May 2005 – 30 March 2015
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byJohn Nicolson
Personal details
Joanne Kate Swinson[1]

(1980-02-05) 5 February 1980 (age 44)
Glasgow, Scotland[2]
Political partyLiberal Democrats
(m. 2011)
Alma materLondon School of Economics Edit this at Wikidata

On 30 May 2019, Swinson announced her plans to run as Vince Cable's replacement for party leader.[6] She won the leadership contest beating Ed Davey.

Swinson led her party in the 2019 general election. She lost her seat to the Scottish National Party and immediately resigned as party leader.


  1. "Who is new Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson?". BBC News. 22 July 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  2. Connolly, Shaun (22 July 2019). "Scottish MP Jo Swinson elected leader of Liberal Democrats". Daily Record.
  3. "Jo Swinson: Scottish nationalism is the same as English nationalism". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  4. "Yellow brick road: Lib Dem Jo Swinson wants to lead a new movement". Evening Standard. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  5. "Jo Swinson interview: 'We are moving to an election. The question is whether it is in weeks or months'". British GQ. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  6. Time, BBC Question (30 May 2019). ".@joswinson announces on #bbcqt that she will run to become the next leader of the Liberal Democrats". @bbcquestiontime. Retrieved 30 May 2019.