Jo Swinson confirmed as Lib Dem Deputy Leader

In news that will surprise nobody, Jo Swinson has been confirmed as the Liberal Democrats’ new Deputy Leader.

Sal Brinton just posted the news in a tweet:

She must have been the only nominee at the close of nominations. Had there been a contest, there would have been a hustings at next week’s Parliamentary party meeting.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Congrats to Jo! Am sure she will be great and hopefully good training for leader in a few years’ time.

  • Yes indeed congratulations! We will have a very powerful front row (leader and deputy leader) in a couple of weeks time. Very exciting!

  • Congratulations Jo!
    I hope you enjoy the job and that it gives you the opportunities to grow and develop into whatever fuels your passion and dreams

  • Terry Gilbert 20th Jun '17 - 9:09pm

    Yes, well done to her. A woman from north of the border is exactly what we need to complement what now looks like being an English male leader.

    Just a small point: technically, she is Deputy Leader of the Parliamentary Party, and so only our MPs voted for this, yes? Some confusion about this out in the Fb groups…

  • I think our other MPs voted by not putting themselves forward, or there would have been a hustings and an actual vote.

    The point about it being deputy leader for the parliamentary party is a fair one, and I think overlooked by many recently, especially in the explanation and reaction to why we went without last time.

  • What are the responsibilities of the deputy leader? Is it a role with powers within the party rulebook?

  • Eddie Sammon 20th Jun '17 - 10:10pm

    I think Jo as deputy is a good move but after reading about a secret deal between Vince and Jo and other comments I’m worried that many think Jo Swinson is entitled to the leadership. I don’t get this sense of entitlement from her, but I do get it from some of her supporters and I don’t think it is healthy for the party. The membership deserve to know about any deals too.


  • David Becket 20th Jun '17 - 10:41pm

    This secret deal is rubbish. Assume Vince won, and then stood down in three or so years time. Jo will only get the job if the membership elects her. This is tittle tattle created by the media (who hate us) and want us to waste time on internal arguments instead of concentrating on the issues facing the UK.

  • Eddie Sammon 21st Jun '17 - 12:12am

    I see talks of a deal have been denied. Just thought I would say that here too considering it relates to both Jo’s deputy leadership and Vince’s leadership bid.

    The party needs to tackle false rumours, if that is the case.

  • There will always be rumours, and often they will be created specifically to cause damage or distract from the messages we are trying to communicate. It’s a judgement call whether or not to address them head on with a statement, or if in providing a usable quote, we give the story a springboard to be reported more widely.

  • John Barrett 21st Jun '17 - 9:36am

    Davie “the media (who hate us) ”

    I am not sure they do “hate us”, mostly they simply ignore us.

    As someone who is no longer a news junkie anymore. I dip into a number of TV news channels and follow the political coverage on a number of programmes. Not one has yet given any coverage, that I have seen, about Tim resigning or Jo becoming deputy leader. No doubt there must have been some mention of this, but as Lib Dems we often forget about what the general public are aware of.

    I was told about Tim’s resignation by a friend and at a social event that evening, nobody was aware he had resigned.

    I checked this out with a few other people the next day and not one was aware of Tim’s resignation. Understandably there are other more pressing news items at the moment, but we should not underestimate the complete lack of interest our party is now generating.

    Hopefully the new leader will help correct this.

  • Richard Underhill 21st Jun '17 - 10:26am

    Layla Moran is one of the new MPs being interviewed on BBC TV prior to the Queen’s Speech. No deals. She held her own. A Sikh MP wearing a turban was polite and measured. A Scottish Conservative was claiming areas of overlap between the Conservative and Labour manifestoes. We will see whether the Labour leadership decides agrees or whether they will continue tribal politics. Grand coalitions have happened in Germany, but in the UK only in wartime.

  • Layla Moran is definitely one for the future.

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