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Scots MP will run for deputy

Swinson rules out LibDem leadership bid

Jo SwinsonJo Swinson, the LibDem MP for East Dunbartonshire, has ruled herself out of running for the party’s leadership.

Tim Farron triggered the contest after resigning last week, saying he was “torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader”.

Ms Swinson, a former equalities minister, said she will contest the position of deputy leader.

In a blog she said she had been overwhelmed by messages urging her to stand as Mr Farron’s replacement. Ms Swinson, who is married to fellow Lib Dem MP Duncan Hames, had become one of the favourites for the job.

However, she said: “Being the leader of a political party is a unique and all-encompassing job, even more than the roles of MP and minister that I have undertaken before.

“It should not be done simply to achieve status, to make a point, or to please others.”

 

Former ministers Sir Ed Davey and Norman Lamb are expected to contest the leadership, while former business secretary Sir Vince Cable, who returned to parliament in the general election, has not ruled out the possibility of running.

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