+++Breaking: Jo Swinson to stand for East Dunbartonshire

Great news:

In a statement, she added:

This next Parliament will be pivotal for our country, both for Scotland’s place in the UK, and the UK’s relationship with the rest of Europe.

I’m standing in the general election because I’m passionate about keeping Scotland in the UK, and averting the disaster of the Tories’ hard Brexit. Most people in East Dunbartonshire agree – 61% voted to stay in the UK and 71% voted to remain in the EU. They deserve a pro-UK, pro-EU MP.

East Dunbartonshire is the SNP’s second most marginal seat, with a majority of just 2,167 over the Liberal Democrats. The result last time makes it absolutely clear: this is a fight between the SNP and the Liberal Democrats, and one I fully intend to win.

I helped her get elected the first time round in 2005. She put so much work into it over the preceding two years. She worked part time and every morning she’d go out delivering. Every afternoon and evening she spent canvassing. She was disciplined, organised and effective. And she turned out to be a brilliant MP and Equalities Minister.

Her announcement comes after her old boss at the then Business, Innovation and Skills Department, Vince Cable, announced that he was standing for Twickenham:

Also seeking a return is Julian Huppert in Cambridge:

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  • Scotland poll for Westminster voting this week had us, if I recall at 4%. Let us keep our feet on the ground and accept it is going to be very, very hard to make any number of gains in England let alone Scotland. We might get lucky but there is a mountain to climb.

  • Great news! Though I think I’ll have to get a new pair of trainers for leafleting.

  • It was close last time and she’s right to stand again. Perhaps the parties best chance of a gain in Scotland.

  • Malc – I would add Edinburgh West and NE Fife to your list

  • Yes. Don’t forget we gained EdWest and NEF in the Holyrood elections last year. And also, the Nat MP who was elected for EdWest in 2015 has had very well-publicised legal problems since then. That’s our best chance for a Scottish gain I think.
    I’m delighted that Jo is standing in East Dunbartonshire and I think she has a decent chance, but she hasn’t been campaigning there for the last 2 years. She needs to remind people how good she was.

  • theakes

    Your cheerfulness has brightened my day.

  • Gary and Tonyj

    It wouldn’t be a massive surprise if all three went to the Lib Dems, although I still think East Dumbartonshire is the best bet. I also think the Tories could do well in Scotland, they seem to be getting stronger and have a very clever leader. It wouldn’t surprise me if they made four or five gains.

  • Jo is an excellent candidate, and the current SNP MP has probably managed to wind up enough traditional Tory and Labour voters for them to be more than comfortable lending their votes to us in June.

    @malc, there is a decent chance that the Tories will make gains in Scotland. Their firm line on Scotland staying in the UK, plus a talented and personable leader in Ruth Davidson has seen their ratings increase, and with everyone getting called a Tory these days, the insult has lost its sting.

  • Robin Bennett 20th Apr '17 - 12:48pm

    I agree that Jo Swinson seems our best bet, but John Nicolson, the current East Dunbartonshire MP, has a higher profile nationally, thanks to Andrew Neil and BBC1’s This Week. This may boost him among the mainly middle class electorate with its higher degree of political awareness. But I don’t know the local vibes.

  • Andrew McCaig 20th Apr '17 - 1:40pm

    I think Labour seats are very vulnerable where we are in clear second, like Tory seats were in 1997…

    Cambridge, Cardiff Central, Burnley, Manchester Withington, Bermondsey and Old Southwark, Hornsea and Wood Green, Bradford East… Some look very unlikely right now, but these may fall more easily that some of the more obvious Tory targets (not that we should not go for them, especially where there are a lot of Labour votes to squeeze)

    To that should be added Manchester Gorton , where we are now clearly in second place again. The problem is where to target, especially in seat-rich areas like the NW and the SW

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