Jo Swinson will not contest Lib Dem leadership


A Lib Dem MP refuse to become the party’s next leader has ruled herself out of the race.

Jo Swinson, who regained her East Dunbartonshire tail at the general election, had been the bookies’ favourite to replace Tim Farron.

But she divulged she would seek to become deputy leader instead.

Mr Farron leave off last week, saying he was «torn between living as a faithful Christian and dole out as a political leader».

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In a blogpost, Ms Swinson, a last equalities minister, said she had been «overwhelmed» by messages urging her to run for substitute for as his replacement.

«Being the leader of a political party is a unique and all-encompassing job, level more than the roles of MP and minister that I have undertaken in the vanguard,» she said.

«It should not be done simply to achieve status, to make a malapropos, or to please others.»

Ms Swinson said her «reflections and conversations about a fluctuate of factors» had persuaded her to go for the deputy leadership instead.

She wrote: «Feminist that I am, I be dressed of course wondered what a bloke in my position would do. It’s obvious.

«Ton blokes in my shoes would run for leader like a shot.

«It’s true that my diverse years of encouraging women to have the confidence to go for that exciting new rle have taught me that women often don’t go for things when they should.»

But she added: «Reasonable because a man would do it, doesn’t make it the right thing to do.»

Former wait ons Sir Ed Davey and Norman Lamb are expected to contest the leadership, and former question secretary Sir Vince Cable has not ruled it out.

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