Jo Swinson
Former marketing manager Jo Swinson won East Dunbartonshire from Labour in 2005, and was re-elected in 2010. In addition to her role as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, Jo is Deputy Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Former Deputy Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Jo chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image and was a co-founder of the Campaign for Body Confidence.

Jo chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics, and is co-founder of the Campaign for Body Confidence.

She has previously held Liberal Democrat spokesperson positions on foreign affairs, equality, Scotland and the arts. Jo was a member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee from 2007-2010 and was also the chairperson of the Liberal Democrats Women's Policy Working Group in 2009.

An active member of the Liberal Democrats since 1997, Jo was Secretary and then Vice Chair of the Liberal Democrat Youth & Students.

A champion of positive action rather than positive discrimination, Jo chaired the Lib Dem Campaign for Gender Balance from 2006 - 2008. Jo was a member of the Speaker's Conference from 2009-2010 which looks at ways to increase the number of women and BME MPs.

Entries by Jo Swinson

The Media's Reporting of the Childs Review Sums Up Why We're Still Light Years From Equality

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2016 | (16:10)

'Breastfeeding in Parliament: MPs should be allowed to nurse children in House of Commons, review says' screams the headline from Huffington Post.

A quick online search shows similar headlines in the Daily Mail, The Sun, The Times and The Independent. The Guardian also squeezes gender neutral loos into its top...

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It's Hard to Believe That We Might Be on the Cusp of Leaving the European Union

(13) Comments | Posted 22 June 2016 | (12:35)

It's hard to believe that we are on the cusp of leaving the European Union. The big question we're facing goes to the heart of who we are as a country, what it means to be British.

Two years ago I was juggling maternity leave with campaigning...

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Shared Parental Leave Is an Important Step Towards the Wider Cultural Change We Need

(7) Comments | Posted 11 April 2015 | (00:00)

Many families find it a struggle to balance their budgets, especially with childcare costs so high they can cancel out the wages of one parent. Liberal Democrats in the coalition government have taken important steps to support parents with childcare costs despite the challenging economic situation. We extended free early...

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Benchmarking Business Ethics

(8) Comments | Posted 17 December 2014 | (23:00)

For decades, a company's performance has been measured almost exclusively in economic terms. Social and environmental issues such as health and safety in garment factories in Bangladesh, the use of conflict minerals in our mobiles, the privacy policies of internet service providers or forced labour on our doorstep have been...

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Shared Parental Leave Will Strengthen Families and Businesses

(0) Comments | Posted 3 October 2014 | (00:00)

As a new mum myself, I know what an exciting and nerve wracking time having your first baby scan can be. You see the little pixelated images of your baby and hear the heartbeat for the first time, the emotions are wonderful. It's a life-changing moment that stays with you...

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Why Wellbeing at Work Should Matter to Us All

(1) Comments | Posted 19 December 2013 | (23:00)

We all know having a job is about much more than earning a salary. We spend a huge proportion of our lives at work - it work defines who we are, provides opportunities to develop new skills and aspirations and can provide a great feeling of self worth. This is...

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The Knowledge Gap Is Holding Back Future UK Engineering Talent

(21) Comments | Posted 6 November 2013 | (23:00)

Startling research released to mark the start of Tomorrow's Engineers Week should be a wake up call to employers, educators and the engineering industry to encourage more young people into engineering careers.

Everyone who is passionate about apprenticeships, the future of our economy and young people's careers should be concerned...

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Our Children Shouldn't Grow Up Thinking Looks Are the Most Important Thing in Life

(94) Comments | Posted 31 July 2013 | (00:00)

Parents can despair when they hear their seven-year old daughter complaining about feeling fat, or see their teenager struggle with insecurity about her looks. Young girls in particular are constantly bombarded with unrealistic images of beauty - images they can never live up to. This can affect their confidence and...

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It's Been a Year of Success for the Body Confidence Campaign - But Where Next?

(20) Comments | Posted 28 December 2012 | (23:00)

Back in 2008, Lynne Featherstone MP and I were discussing how to reflect the evidence we had heard about body image problems in our forthcoming Liberal Democrat policy paper. Four years and a General Election later, and the issue is firmly on the government agenda.

Looking back, it...

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APPG Body Image Report Is Just One Part of a Larger Campaign

(0) Comments | Posted 11 June 2012 | (15:16)

The past two years at the helm of the Campaign for Body Confidence has been bit of a rollercoaster. Along with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image, we've fought to begin to change our looks-obsessed culture and different campaign members have achieved success in...

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Body Image Education

(5) Comments | Posted 19 July 2011 | (09:43)

The overwhelming onslaught of idealised images in the media is promoting an unrealistic and unhealthy definition of beauty, and this is affecting children as much as it is adults. Roughly a third of adolescent boys (34%) and half of girls (49%)[1] have been on a diet in an attempt to...

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