Jo Swinson elected new Liberal Democrats leader

Jo Swinson has been elected leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Ms Swinson beat former cabinet member Sir Ed Davey to replace Sir Vince Cable at the helm of the Lib Dems.

Ms Swinson, an ex-minister, had been the bookies' favourite to take the party crown.

The East Dunbartonshire MP has served as Sir Vince's deputy since June 2017.

Kingston and Surbiton MP Sir Ed served as energy secretary in the coalition government under David Cameron.

Ms Swinson triumphed in a ballot of party members as the Lib Dems are enjoying a revival due to their outspoken opposition to Brexit.

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Jo Swinson (right), arrives at Proud Embankment, London, where the announcement will be made as to who will become the new Liberal Democrat leader to replace Sir Vince Cable.
Jo Swinson speaking at Proud Embankment in London after she was elected leader of the Liberal Democrats.
Jo Swinson (cnetre), arrives at Proud Embankment, London, where the announcement will be made as to who will become the new Liberal Democrat leader to replace Sir Vince Cable.
Jo Swinson speaking at Proud Embankment in London after she was elected leader of the Liberal Democrats.
Jo Swinson speaking at Proud Embankment in London after she was elected leader of the Liberal Democrats.
Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson joins the LGBT community in George Square as Glasgow city marks 50 years of LGBT equality.
Jo Swinson (centre) takes a selfie with the co-founders of WhiteHat Sophie Adelman and Euan Blair, along with Lib Dem MEP Antony Hook, at WeWork in Marylebone, London, where she launched her campaign to succeed Sir Vince Cable as leader of the Liberal Democrats.
File photo dated 09/05/19 of Liberal Democrat deputy leader Jo Swinson, who has said she will lead a movement to tackle "nationalism and populism" after confirming she will stand for the Liberal Democrat leadership.
MP Jo Swinson addresses anti-Brexit campaigners in Parliament Square as they take part in the People's Vote March in London.
File photo dated 20/07/17 of Sir Vince Cable on the day he was named as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats with the deputy leader Jo Swinson. He has announced that he will step down as leader of the party in May.
Jo Swinson MP speaks during Brexit Is A Dog's Dinner! demonstration in Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster, London, UK. 10th March 2019
Liberal Democrat deputy leader Jo Swinson alongside leader Vince Cable at the Scottish Liberal Democrat conference at Hamilton Town Hall.
(left to right) Jo Swinson, David Lammy, and Caroline Lucas speak during a People's Vote press conference in Westminster, London. Picture dated: Tuesday January 22, 2019.
Liberal Democrat deputy leader Jo Swinson with her baby Gabriel in her Commons seat to listen to the closing remarks of a discussion about proxy voting, which could allow MPs on maternity and paternity leave to nominate a colleague to cast their vote in their absence.
Liberal Democrats deputy leader Jo Swinson speaks at the party's Autumn Conference at the Brighton Centre in Brighton.
Liberal Democrat deputy leader Jo Swinson from London is made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by the Prince of Wales during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Liberal Democrat deputy leader Jo Swinson from London is made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by the Prince of Wales during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Joanne Swinson with her CBE medal, awarded by the Prince of Wales, following an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London.
Former Lib Dems MP Jo Swinson gives a speech ahead of the March4Women rally in central London on Sunday March 4 2018.
(Left to right) The Duchess of Cornwall, Liberal Democrats deputy leader Jo Swinson and Jude Kelly during a reception at Clarence House in London to celebrate the Southbank Centre's WOW - Women of the World festival.
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The party has 12 MPs – bolstered by Chuka Umunna's decision to join last month – and came second in the European elections, winning 20% of the vote share.

The Lib Dems also enjoyed a surge at the local elections in response to their anti-Brexit stance.

Ms Swinson has suggested that if Boris Johnson enters Number 10 and is committed to Brexit on October 31 with or without a deal then the Lib Dems could be boosted even further.

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