Election shock of the night! Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson QUITS as she loses seat to SNP

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JO SWINSON has been unseated from her seat in Dunbartonshire East by just 149 votes in a shock election result.

Jo Swinson has lost her seat in what marks a disastrous result for the Lib Dems. The seat was lost by just 149 votes as SNP candidate Amy Callaghan just clinched the seat. The crowd roared as the result was announced. 

The Lib Dem leader won 19,523 votes to the SNP’s 19,672. 

After losing her seat Ms Swinson said: “It looks likely that Boris Johnson is on course to get a majority, and it has clearly been a good night for the SNP.”

She claimed nationalism was on the rise on both sides of the border and added: “Let me say now that for millions of people in our country these results will bring dread and dismay.”

Holding back tears, Ms Swinson claimed the election result would be received by millions of voters with “dread and dismay” and insisted the Lib Dems would continue to stand for “hope”.

She later announced she was quitting as leader of the Lib Dems.

The seat saw a 2.1 percent swing to the SNP who had launched a storng campaign against the Lib Dem leader. 

SNP saw a surge of 6.8 percent, while the Lib Dems lost 3.8 percent. 

The constituency saw a large voter turnout, with 80.3 percent of the electorate casting their vote.

The result marks a significant shift towards the SNP, who are expected to win 55 seats. 

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon gave her sympathies to Ms Swinson.

She said she “feels for the Lib Dem leader. 

The Lib Dems have confirmed that Ed Davey MP and Baroness Sal Brinton will become the joint acting leaders of the Lib Dems.

A leadership election will take place next year.

Sal Brinton, President of the Liberal Democrats said: “I want to thank Jo Swinson for her honest and fearless leadership of the Liberal Democrats.

“In this election, we gained more votes than in 2017 and we have been joined by many new MPs. 

“In the weeks ahead we will elect a new leader and our party will continue to be the rallying point for anyone who believes in a country where everyone has the chance to get on in life.”

The SNP secured 48 out of a possible 59 seats in the Scottish Parliament, providing a huge boost to Ms Sturgeon.

Ms Swinson has issued a statement on her election defeat, it read: “Tonight’s result is obviously hugely disappointing, in East Dunbartonshire, and across the whole country with Boris Johnson winning a majority.

“I am proud that in this campaign, the Liberal Democrats have stood up for openness, generosity and hope. We were honest about what we believe in and what we were trying to achieve.

“This is clearly a setback for liberal values. But there are millions of people across the country who believe in them. By coming together to fight for them, we can create a positive future.”

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