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Jo Swinson

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

On 30 May 2019, Swinson announced her plans to run as Vince Cable's replacement for party leader.[1] She won the leadership contest beating Ed Davey.

Swinson led her party through the 2019 general election shortly afterwards, where she lost her seat to the Scottish National Party, immediately resigning as party leader.


  1. Time, BBC Question (2019-05-30). ".@joswinson announces on #bbcqt that she will run to become the next leader of the Liberal Democrats". @bbcquestiontime. Retrieved 2019-05-30.