Jo Swinson

Leader of the Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat MP for East Dunbartonshire

@joswinson https://facebook.com/joswinson

The office of Jo Swinson MP has informed us that Jo was not available for some votes in the House of Commons from June 2017 until the summer recess, and from October 2017 until December 2017, as she was on parental leave. This affects the numerology section below. Please note that Ms Swinson continued to submit written questions throughout this period.

Jo Swinson’s voting in Parliament

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Recent appearances

  • Debate on the Address: [1st Day] 14 Oct 2019

    It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Chatham and Aylesford (Tracey Crouch). Her remarks about the importance of mental health were particularly worth listening to. On behalf of my colleagues on the ever-expanding Liberal Democrat Benches, let me associate myself with the words of the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition about Paul Flynn. He was a thoughtful man, an...
  • Debate on the Address: [1st Day] 14 Oct 2019

    I wholeheartedly endorse what my hon. Friend says about the human cost; it has not been properly taken into account by this Government.
  • Debate on the Address: [1st Day] 14 Oct 2019

    My hon. Friend is quite right. In this place, we often have the debates, the braying and the back-and-forth across the Dispatch Box, and it can feel like the pantomime or theatre, but this is people’s lives that we are talking about, and some of them are sitting in the Gallery today. I was going to ask the Prime Minister, but he is no longer here, so I hope that the Ministers will have the...

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Liberal Democrat MP for East Dunbartonshire

Entered the House of Commons on 5 May 2005 — General election

Social Media

Expenses

Topics of interest

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  • Home Department
  • Treasury
  • Health
  • Work and Pensions
  • Mental Illness
  • Departmental Manpower
  • Embassies
  • Mental Health
  • Departmental Televisions

Currently held offices

  • Leader of the Liberal Democrats (since 22 Jul 2019)
  • Deputy Leader, Liberal Democrats (since 20 Jun 2017)
  • Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs) (since 16 Jun 2017)

Other offices held in the past

  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Education) (Women and Equalities) (30 Jun 2014 to 8 May 2015)
  • The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (30 Jun 2014 to 8 May 2015)
  • The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities (6 Sep 2012 to 20 Dec 2013)
  • The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (6 Sep 2012 to 20 Dec 2013)
  • Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs) (1 Jul 2008 to 6 May 2010)
  • Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) (1 Jul 2008 to 6 May 2010)
  • Member, Environmental Audit Committee (12 Jul 2007 to 6 May 2010)
  • Shadow Minister (Women and Equality) (1 Mar 2007 to 1 Oct 2007)
  • Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Women and Equality) (1 Mar 2007 to 1 Oct 2007)
  • Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Scotland) (10 Mar 2006 to 20 Dec 2007)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland (10 Mar 2006 to 20 Dec 2007)
  • Opposition Whip (Commons) (10 May 2005 to 10 Mar 2006)
  • Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport) (10 May 2005 to 10 Mar 2006)
  • Liberal Democrat Whip (10 May 2005 to 10 Mar 2006)
  • Shadow Spokesperson (Culture, Media and Sport) (10 May 2005 to 10 Mar 2006)

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Numerology

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  • Has spoken in 63 debates in the last year — above average amongst MPs. See all Jo Swinson’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 86 written questions in the last year — above average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a low number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2014, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 56.50% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 17–18 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
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  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 742 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 30 Sep 2019.

1. Employment and earnings
Payments received by my company Equal Power Consulting Ltd from Atlantic Books, 27 Boswell St, London WC1N 3JZ, via my literary agents Furniss Lawton, part of James Grant Group Ltd, 4th Floor, 180 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5QZ:
30 April 2018: received £2,804.66 for a book written mainly before the General Election. This was the final instalment of an advance payment. Hours: none since November 2017. (Registered 11 October 2018)
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: Liz Desmond
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £5,000, received via East Dunbartonshire Liberal Democrats

Donor status: individual

(Registered 11 October 2018)
Name of donor: Melissa Geiger
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,000, received via East Dunbartonshire Liberal Democrats

Donor status: individual

(Registered 11 October 2018)
Name of donor: Alistair Barr
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £5,000 towards the costs of running my office, received via Liberal Democrat HQ

Donor status: individual

(Registered 11 October 2018)
Name of donor: Jessica Frankopan
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,000, received via Liberal Democrat HQ to support the running of my office

Donor status: individual

(Registered 04 January 2019)
Name of donor: Mark Petterson
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £4,000, received via East Dunbartonshire Liberal Democrats

Donor status: individual

(Registered 16 January 2019)
Name of donor: Jane Mactaggart
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,500 received via Liberal Democrat HQ to support the running of my office

Donor status: individual

(Registered 18 February 2019)
Name of donor: Liz Desmond and Alan Davison
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation: £10,000 received via Liberal Democrat HQ to support the running of my office

Donor status: individuals

(Registered 28 February 2019)
Name of donor: Tim Clement-Jones
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £2,500 received via Liberal Democrat HQ to support the running my office

Donor status: individual

(Registered 09 April 2019)
Name of donor: Mihir Magudia
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £3,000 received via East Dunbartonshire Liberal Democrats

Donor status: individual

(Registered 08 May 2019)
Name of donor: Liz Desmond and Alan Davison
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £25,000 received via Liberal Democrat HQ to support the running of my office

Donor status: individuals

(Registered 08 May 2019)
Name of donor: Clive Cowdery
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £15,250 received via East Dunbartonshire Liberal Democrats

Donor status: individual

(Registered 12 June 2019)
Name of donor: Joel Bellman
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £1,200 received via East Dunbartonshire Liberal Democrats in monthly instalments of £100 between January and December 2019

Donor status: individual

(Registered 02 July 2019)
Name of donor: Simon Curtis
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £5,000 received via East Dunbartonshire Liberal Democrats

Donor status: individual

(Registered 04 September 2019)
2. (b) Any other support not included in Category 2(a)
Name of donor: Clive Cowdery
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £1,500 to support my leadership campaign

Date received: 22 May 2019

Date accepted: 22 May 2019

Donor status: individual

(Registered 12 June 2019)
Name of donor: Jane Mactaggart
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £1,000 to support my leadership campaign

Date received: 10 June 2019

Date accepted: 10 June 2019

Donor status: individual

(Registered 27 June 2019)
Name of donor: Tim Clement-Jones
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £1,500 to support my leadership campaign

Date received: 17 June 2019

Date accepted: 17 June 2019

Donor status: individual

(Registered 27 June 2019)
Name of donor: Joel Bellman
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: £1,500 to support my leadership campaign

Date received: 4 June 2019

Date accepted: 4 June 2019

Donor status: individual

(Registered 02 July 2019)
Name of donor: Simon Curtis
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: £1,000 to support my leadership campaign

Date received: 10 June 2019

Date accepted: 10 June 2019

Donor status: individual

(Registered 04 September 2019)
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Name of donor: Clive Cowdery
Address of donor: private

Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: evening drinks reception, value £1,117.28

Date received: 24 July 2019

Date accepted: 24 July 2019

Donor status: individual

(Registered 16 August 2019)
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: Franco-British Colloque
Address of donor: 86 East Lane, West Horsley, Leatherhead KT24 6LQ

Estimate of the probable value (or amount of any donation): food and accommodation, total value £583

Destination of visit: Versailles, France

Dates of visit: 17-19 January 2019

Purpose of visit: Attending the Franco-British Colloque’s 2019 Conference.

(Registered 28 February 2019)
7. (i) Shareholdings: over 15% of issued share capital
Equal Power Consulting Ltd; consultancy services, speaking and writing. Consulting and speaking activity ceased on my election to Parliament. The remaining activity will be the completion of a book commission. (Registered 07 July 2017)

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