Jo Swinson

Jo Swinson
MP for East Dunbartonshire
Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs
Minister for Equality



126 Drymen Road
Glasgow G61 3RB

Phone:0141 943 1568



Jo Swinson MP has represented her home seat of East Dunbartonshire since 2005. She was made Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs in September 2012

Jo chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics, and co-founded the Campaign for Body Confidence (

She has previously held Liberal Democrat spokesmanships on foreign affairs, equality, Scotland and the arts. Jo was a member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee from 2007-2010, and a member of the Speaker's Conference from 2009-2010 which looked at ways to increase the number of women and BME MPs.

Before entering Parliament, Jo worked as a Marketing Manager for a number of companies, latterly the Glasgow-based company SpaceandPeople. Jo helped the company win awards including Best E-Business at the Scottish Winners at the Web Awards 2003.

One of the first MPs in the UK to use Twitter. Jo is also active on Facebook and has her own YouTube channel.

Outside politics, Jo enjoys running; she completed the Loch Ness Marathon in 2007 and London Marathon in April 2011. When she can find the time, Jo also likes reading, hiking, and ceilidh dancing.

Jo is married to fellow Liberal Democrat MP Duncan Hames.


Douglas Academy, Milngavie
London School of Economics, Management

Parliamentary Experience:

2012 – Present Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
2012 PPS to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg
2010 – 12 PPS to Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
2008-10 Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister
2007-08 Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities
2006-07 Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
2005-06 Shadow Culture, Media & Sport Minister
2007 – 2010 Member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee.

Interests:Foreign Affairs, Increasing Participation in Politics, Promoting Healthy Body Image, Wellbeing Economics
Marital Status:Married
Memberships:Amnesty International

Recent News

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