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“She’s quite formidable”: Jo Swinson may yet become leader of the Lib Dems

Earlier this year, she declined to run for leadership of the Liberal Democrats. But insiders say her time may yet come

By Rachel Sylvester   October 2017

Swinson said a man in her position would probably have run. Next time, will she? Photo: PA

She was for years the “Baby of the House”—the youngest MP and the first person born in the 1980s to be elected to parliament. Her own baby was also the first to go through the Commons division lobby. Jo Swinson, the new Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has never been a conventional politician. “She’s very modern,” says one colleague. “She hates all the male clubbiness of Westminster. And she certainly doesn’t suit…

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