Published On: Wed, Apr 19th, 2017 at 3:29pm

Swinson hopes to return to Westminster

Jo Swinson, who represented East Dunbartonshire in Parliament for ten years, will stand for election in the upcoming general election in June. She lost out last time in 2015 to John Nicolson by a margin of 2,167 votes despite having been a high flier in the coalition government before that.

Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie along with Jo Swinson and Mike Crockart at the manifesto launch in April 2015

At the time of the election in 2015 she campaigned along with the Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie and was a high profile casualty of the SNP onslaught along with Mike Crockart who lost his seat in Edinburgh West.

Jo Swinson said : “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.”

2015 result in East Dunbartonshire

SNP (John Nicolson) – 22,093 (40.3%)

Liberal Democrats (Jo Swinson) – 19.926 (36.3%)

Labour – 6,754 (12.3%)

Conservative – 4,727 (8.6%)

Green – 804 (1.5%)

UKIP – 567 (1%)

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