JO SWINSON, the leader of the Liberal Democrats has lost her seat to the SNP. Who will replace Ms Swinson as Lib Dem leader?
Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson has lost her seat in East Dunbartonshire to the Scottish National Party (SNP) and has resigned as the leader of the Liberal Democrats. Ms Swinson only became the leader of the party in July.
She was defeated by SNP’s Amy Callaghan by 149 votes.
Ms Swinson congratulated her successor, and thanked her supporters and activists.
The Lib Dem leader said the election results would bring “dread and dismay”.
Her party is forecast to gain 13 seats, up one from the 2017 election.
Ms Swinson said: “Some will be celebrating the wave of nationalism sweeping both sides of the border, and I do congratulate all those elected.
“But let me say now, for millions of people in our country, these results will bring dread and dismay, and people are looking for hope.
“I still believe that we as a country can be warm and generous, inclusive and open, and by working together with our nearest neighbours we can achieve so much more.
“Liberal Democrats will continue to stand up for these values which guide our liberal movement, openness, fairness, inclusivity.”
Ms Swinson began the Lib Dems’ election campaign with the claim she could be the next Prime Minister.
In the end she could not even hold her own seat.
The 39-year-old became her party’s first female leader in a landslide victory over Sir Ed Davey earlier this year, after the lackluster leaderships of Tim Farron and Sir Vince Cable.
She had served as a minister in the coalition Government and was among the party’s MPs who paid the price for the tie-up with David Cameron’s Tories in the 2015 election bloodbath – which saw the Lib Dems reduced to a rump of just eight in the Commons.
- SNP: 37.1 percent (+6.8)
- LDEM: 36.8 percent (-3.8)
- CON: 14.1 percent (-0.5)
- LAB: 9.1 percent (-5.4)
- GRN: 1.7 percent (+1.7)
Swing: Liberal Democrats to SNP (+5.3)
Turnout: 80.3 percent
Who will replace Jo Swinson?
Ms Swinson resigned early on Friday morning and has already been replaced.
The Lib Dems will now be lead by deputy leader Sir Ed Davey and president Baroness Sal Brinton as joint leaders.
A leadership election will take place in the new year, the party announced, after a damaging night which saw its leader lose her seat to the Scottish National Party.
She said in a statement released just hours after her defeat: “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.”