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Liberal Democrats Leader Jo Swinson Loses Seat In 2019 General Election

Liberal Democrats Leader Jo Swinson Loses Seat In 2019 General Election

The leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson has lost her seat in the House of Commons.

She narrowly lost out in Dunbartonshire East by 149 votes to the SNP candidate Amy Callaghan.

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This is the second time the 39-year-old has lost her seat, having been defeated in 2015 after her party's unpopular coalition, only to win it back two years later.

Addressing the crowd following news of her loss, she said "some will be celebrating the wave of nationalism that is sweeping on both sides of the borders" but adds "these results will bring dread and dismay."

Ms Swinson went on: "People are looking for hope. I still believe that we as a country can be warm and generous inclusive and open and that by working together with our nearest neighbours we can achieve so much more."

The news comes after Jeremy Corbyn announced that he would not stand as the leader of the Labour Party at the next election.

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The 70-year-old retained his seat in Islington North, but with things looking bleak for his party tonight he took the opportunity to confirm he would be stepping down.

He said: "Obviously it is a very disappointing night for the party. But I want to say this - in the election campaign we put forward a manifesto of hope.

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"However, Brexit has so polarised debate it has overridden so much of normal political debate."

This comes as the Labour Party faces one of the worst election defeats in its history, with the Conservative Party set to gain dozens of seats in the House of Commons.

On the opposite side of the House, Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson also retained his seat in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, defeating Labour's Ali Milani by more than 7,000 votes.

The forecasted numbers in a poll carried out by ITV, BBC, Sky and Ipsos Mori showed 368 seats for the Tories against 191 for Labour.

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More that 20,000 people were asked at over 140 polling stations.

Reflecting on the likely defeat, the former adviser to Labour PM Tony Blair Alastair Campbell told the BBC that he believed Brexit and anti-Semitism were the main issues that caused problems for Labour in the run-up to the election.

He said: "This is not just a defeat for Jeremy Corbyn, this is defeat for the politics he represents.

"What people in the North have been saying is that Jeremy Corbyn and his politics does not represent them.

"This delusion that if they just have to keep on with this Corbynism eventually the British public will flock to support it - it is never going to happen.

"Fundamental truths have to be faced otherwise Labour party faces oblivion."

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Topics: uk news, Jeremy Corbyn, Interesting, general election, politics

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]