MP for East Dunbartonshire, and Leader of the Liberal Democrats
Jo Swinson is the Liberal Democrat MP for East Dunbartonshire and our party's Deputy Leader and Shadow Foreign Secretary. She was a Business Minister and Minister for Women and Equalities in the Coalition Government (2012-2015).
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.
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.