Swinson named as new leader of UK Liberal Democrats

Cheryl Sanders
July 23, 2019

The selection of Swinson, 39, marks a generational shift in the Liberal Democrats as she takes over from 76-year-old Vince Cable to become the party's first female leader.

Ms Swinson was first elected as MP for East Dunbartonshire in 2005 at the age of 25, becoming the youngest member of Parliament.

Swinson won nearly 50,000 votes compared to Davey's 28,000.

Vince Cable formally announced he was stepping down in May with Swinson and Davey the only two candidates to put themselves forward.

In the local elections, the Lib Dems gained more than 700 councillors and 10 councils, while at the European elections soon afterwards the party's strongly anti-Brexit stance helped it come second, with a 15% share of the vote and 16 MEPs. Speaking in June, Swinson told the Andrew Marr Show that she believed "in 2010, with the financial crisis that was unfolding, we did need to make cuts", but said that the Bedroom Tax was a mistake.

She attacked Donald Trump for his racist remarks towards four black and ethnic minority congresswomen, saying that the party's aim under her leadership would be "to defeat nationalism and populism".

Kingston and Surbiton MP Sir Ed served as energy secretary in the coalition government under David Cameron. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the United Kingdom national press. "This isn't a normal political issue - this is about the fundamental direction of our country for generations to Brexit, in any form, is a disaster for our country and we'll do everything in our power to stop it".

"Boris Johnson only cares about Boris Johnson", she said.

Anti-Brexit campaigners welcomed Swinson's victory.

Polls show support for the Liberal Democrats has rebounded in recent months as Britain's political crisis over leaving the European Union enters its fourth year.

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