Lib Dem deputy leader Jo Swinson ‘delighted’ with CBE honour

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Liberal Democrat deputy leader Jo Swinson said she was “delighted” to have been included in the New Year Honours.

The award of a CBE comes just six months after the 37-year-old made her political comeback, retaking the East Dunbartonshire constituency she had first won in 2005, and shortly after she announced her second pregnancy.

Ms Swinson was just 25 and the baby of the House – the name given to the youngest MP – when she first elected, taking the seat from Labour in a surprise result.

After the Liberal Democrats went into coalition with the Conservatives she became part of the government, serving as a both employment relations and consumer affairs minister and equalities minister, using the latter role to bring in shared parental leave.

But she lost her seat in the 2015 election, as voters turned against the Liberal Democrats, with Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP winning all but three of the Scottish seats at Westminster.

When Theresa May called a snap election for June 2017, she saw a chance to return to the House of Commons, and stood again in East Dunbartonshire, winning the seat back for her party.

She was seen as a leadership contender when Tim Farron resigned as leader of the Lib Dems, but announced instead that she would put herself forward for the position of deputy leader – a role which she won unopposed.

After learning of her CBE, Ms Swinson said: ” I’m delighted that my work has been recognised in this way. It wouldn’t be possible without the support of my constituents, whom I’d like to thank for giving me the opportunity to serve as their MP once more.

“It is an honour to be listed among so many remarkable people from all walks of life, making amazing contributions right across our country.”