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Jo Swinson’s announcement that won’t stand has blown the race to replace Tim Farron wide open
Monday, June 19, 2017 – 12:35pm
Lib Dem MPs are gearing themselves up for a leadership contest following former leader Tim Farron’s resignation.
Tim Farron resigns as Lib Dem leader The fantasy Lib Dem leadership contest
The party won 12 seats at this month’s general election, with several of the party’s heavyweights, including Vince Cable, Jo Swinson and Ed Davey, winning back seats they had held before the party’s dismal showing in 2015.
However, despite his party’s relative success, Farron stepped down last week, saying he was “torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader”.
Swinson, who was equalities minister in the coalition government, was the bookmakers’ favourite to replace him, but this weekend she took herself out of the running and announced she would stand for deputy leader instead.
In a blogpost, the MP for East Dunbartonshire said she had been “overwhelmed” by messages urging her to stand as Farron’s replacement.
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