Category Archives: Jo Swinson

Should MPs be allowed to take their babies into the voting lobby?

There’s been a bit of controversy over the issue of breastfeeding in the House of Commons and taking babies into the voting lobby sparked by comments by Jo Swinson, who gave birth to her son Andrew on 22 December. The … Continue reading

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My Today programme debut talking about Jo Swinson and saying we should all look out for each other.

At 8:20 this morning I made my first ever foray into the world of the Today programme, talking about something that should never really have been a story – the fuss over Jo Swinson’s lack of a seat at Prime … Continue reading

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We know the Daily Mail gets politics wrong all the time – but you’d think Strictly would be simple enough for them to understand

The Daily Fail website recycles a Total Politics interview with Nadine Dorries in which she’s as predictable as ever. I particularly like the way she describes, in the original interview, the Liberal Democrats as “more left wing than Labour” and … Continue reading


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Salmond propmises post independence childcare revolution weeks after turning down Rennie’s plans for nursery education

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond  gave his keynote speech to SNP Conference this afternoon. There were three things in it that struck me as a Liberal Democrat. A numbers game Apparently a “yes” vote for independence would be a vote … Continue reading

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AD LIB issue 2: Swinson and the F word, Hussein-Ece on diversity, inside the spin room and cake

So, the second issue of AD LIB, the monthly magazine which has replaced Lib Dem News, hit subscribers’ doorsteps over the weekend. I reviewed the first edition which went to all  members in December. I felt that it was a good effort, … Continue reading

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Scottish Liberal Democrats mourn John Morrison

This is one of those blog posts you never, ever want to write. Reporting the news of the death of a colleague is horrible. This is the post I published on Liberal Democrat Voice yesterday. The only thing to add … Continue reading

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Killing us softly – advertising’s image of women

Thanks to Keris for posting this short video about how the way women are portrayed in advertising is harmful. I thought it deserved sharing with a wider audience. I like the quote from Cindy Crawford who said “I wish I … Continue reading

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Scottish Liberal Democrats call for high quality, affordable childcare

At Conference in Dunfermline on Saturday, the Scottish Liberal Democrats debated the issue of childcare in the wake of a report from Save the Children which highlighted the severe difficulties parents on low incomes faced trying to pay for childcare. … Continue reading

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Upbeat Scottish Liberal Democrat Conference braves nationalist abuse

Friday night was not good. I sat down to watch a little television and all of a sudden felt very ill. Seriously, I couldn’t even drink a glass of wine. I wondered how on earth I was going to cope … Continue reading

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A sight that made me very happy indeed

Lib Dem Minister Jo Swinson at the Despatch Box taking questions on Women and Equalities today. Good to see that the Government has taken steps to ensure that refuges won’t lose funding and that there will be powers to split … Continue reading

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