Britain's anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats name Jo Swinson as new leader
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jul 24, 2019,
Jul 24, 2019, 0:17
When the Lib Dems went into coalition with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, she served as a parliamentary undersecretary of state in the business department, later becoming a junior equalities minister.
She said: "This is the time for working together".
"We are sure this will continue under Ms Swinson's leadership".
Ms Swinson said that she was "crystal clear" that the Lib Dems could not work with any party who supports Brexit and indicated she would prefer a people's vote on European Union membership to a general election.
But Darren didn't stop there as while he explained that as he shifted his support to the pro-Remain party, he found himself in a odd alignment with a political figure he once voted in protest against. Swinson told her audience: "In the face of nationalism, populism, the catastrophe of Brexit, the two old parties have failed".
"Liberalism is alive and thriving", she told supporters after her victory was announced.
Our party has been clear on Brexit from day one.
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Ms Swinson was first elected as MP for East Dunbartonshire in 2005 at the age of 25, becoming the youngest member of Parliament.
Ms Swinson, an ex-minister, had been the bookies' favourite to take the party crown.
"You have put your trust in me not only to lead our party but also lead and grow the open liberal movement that our country so desperately needs", she said.
After the defection of Chuka Umunna to the Liberal Democrats from the Independent Group for Change, the party now has 12 MPs. We believe the UK's best future is as members of the European Union.
"Boris Johnson only cares about Boris Johnson", she said.
Speaking on his LBC show, Darren Adam said: "I think Brexit has split everything and sort of messed all the realities of how we might traditionally have voted".
"Jo is not tribal and will work with others to stop Brexit, stop independence and build a country that is richer, cleaner and greener".