UK POLITICS: Jo Swinson Biography

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UK POLITICS: Jo Swinson Biography

Jo Swinson MP was born Joanne Kate Swinson on 5 February 1980 in Scotland and is the Liberal Democrat MP for East Dunbartonshire. She has been an MP since 08 June 2017 and has previously sat in the House of Commons for East Dunbartonshire.

Jo Swinson was a Business Minister and Minister for Women and Equalities in the Coalition Government (2012-2015). She served as MP for East Dunbartonshire for 10 years until 2015, and is the Liberal Democrat candidate in East Dunbartonshire, where she is looking to overturn an SNP majority of 2167.

A former marketing manager, in 2015 Jo founded her own consulting business advising organisations on workplace diversity. She has written a book, Equal Power, which will be published by Atlantic Books in early 2018.

Record Of Delivery

Jo has a strong record of delivering for people in East Dunbartonshire, and as a Minister.

As an MP, Jo worked to increase jobs locally including her Get East Dunbartonshire working initiative, successfully supported the Milngavie community against Tesco’s inappropriate store expansion, championed the views of the local community against the Lower Kilmardinny Development, won her campaign to ensure the new HMP Low Moss was not named after the town of Bishopbriggs, and fought against Labour’s local Post Office closures.

As a Minister, Jo introduced shared parental leave, extended flexible working rights, clamped down on unscrupulous payday lenders, increased penalties on employers failing to pay workers the minimum wage, improved corporate reporting, introduced new rights for consumers buying online, created the Groceries Code Adjudicator to improve supermarkets’ treatment of suppliers and won government support to bring in gender pay gap reporting.

Outside of politics, Jo enjoys running; she completed the Loch Ness Marathon in 2007 and the London Marathon in April 2011, and is running the Stirling Marathon in May 2017.

Parliamentary Experience
After entering Parliament, Jo was a Liberal Democrat spokesperson on foreign affairs, equality, Scotland and the arts. Jo was also a member of the Speaker’s Conference from 2009-2010 which looked at ways to increase the number of women and BME MPs.

Former Deputy Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Jo set up the All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image and was a co-founder of the Campaign for Body Confidence.

In September 2012 Jo was appointed the Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Minister for Women and Equalities in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. As a Minister Jo delivered a radical new system of shared parental leave, led the biggest overhaul of consumer rights for a generation, ensured the Post Office Network is on a sustainable footing for the future and spearheaded the Government’s Body Image campaign.

Quick Facts – Posts
In the past, Jo Swinson has held the position of:

1. Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Employment relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs) (2014 to 2015)

2. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Education) (Women and Equalities) (2014 to 2015)

3. Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Employment relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs) (2012 to 2013)

4. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Culture, Media and Sport) (Women and Equalities) (jointly with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (2012 to 2013) in government

5. She was Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) (2008 to 2010)

6. Shadow Minister (Women and Equality) (2007 to 2007)

7. Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland (2006 to 2007)

8. Opposition Whip (Commons) (2005 to 2006)

9. Shadow Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport) (2005 to 2006) in opposition

Interests
Jo Swinson has the following specific interests:

Politics – Foreign affairs, political engagement, quality of life and wellbeing, climate change, allergy, body image

Countries – Chechnya, India, Kosovo, Romania, Sierra Leone

– Jo Swinson Biography (Jo Swinson/ My Parliament)



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