Jo's concession speech


The full text of Jo Swinson's election night speech is here:

First of all, congratulations to John.  This is a wonderful job, and a fantastic constituency, and I wish you well in serving East Dunbartonshire.

I'd like to say thank you, to everyone who supported me, and I recognise in particular the many people had not done so before. Thanks also to my amazing team of staff and volunteers - you've been brilliant.

This is not our night.

Obviously it is a huge disappointment, especially not to be returning to Parliament as a Scottish voice in favour of Scotland remaining in the United Kingdom.

I knew when we went into government after the last election that it might make it impossible for me to win again.

I still believe it was the right thing to do. We gave the country stability at a time of financial crisis, and I'm proud that Britain is now on the road to economic recovery.

I'm lucky to have had the opportunity to make a difference nationally - clamping down on payday lenders, legislating for pay transparency, and introducing shared parental leave. And above all, it has been a huge privilege to represent East Dunbartonshire.  Thank you for 10 wonderful years.


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