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Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson loses East Dunbartonshire seat to SNP

© PALib Dem leader Jo Swinson reacts as she loses her East Dumbartonshire seat.
Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson reacts as she loses her East Dumbartonshire seat.

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson said she “will be making further remarks later today” after she lost her East Dunbartonshire seat to the SNP.

Speaking from the count, she said: “Some will be celebrating the wave of nationalism that is sweeping on both sides of the border.

“And I do congratulate all those who are newly elected.

“These are very significant results for the future of our country and I will be making further remarks later today.”

There were just 149 votes between Ms Swinson and the newly elected MP, Amy Callaghan.

Ms Swinson, 39, became her party’s first female leader in a landslide victory over Sir Ed Davey earlier this year, after the lacklustre leaderships of Tim Farron and Sir Vince Cable.

She had served as a minister in the coalition Government and was among the party’s MPs who paid the price for the tie-up with David Cameron’s Tories in the 2015 election bloodbath – which saw the Lib Dems reduced to a rump of just eight in the Commons.

Ms Swinson fought back when prime minister Theresa May called another election in 2017, regaining her Scottish seat from the SNP.