6 Nov 2017: Swinson hiding in the corner during a meeting to form a common policy on tackling abuse following allegations of sexual harassment and abuse in British politics. Wonder why Lord Rennard wasn’t invited. Hard necked eh!!!
July 2013: Anger as constituents pay Swinson’s Electricity Bill
While East Dunbartonshire working people, pensioners, job seekers, and families struggle to heat their homes and pay for food, local Tory/Liberal Democrat Westminster coalition Minister MP Swinson has been claiming from the taxpayer to pay her electricity bill.
Swinson who has, at the lowest estimation, not including the fact she has her food paid and subsidized, an income in excess of £100k a year – claimed £569.72.
This in the face of the calls from coalition members to end the £300 winter fuel allowance pensioners receive.
Politicians and their banker pals gamble and play with our money and caused the financial crisis, but seem to be the only ones not ‘in this together’, with the rest of us suffering wage cuts and hugely increased food and energy bills. (newsforscotland)
September 2013: Swinson votes for war against the wishes of her electorate
Before the Westminster general election, MP. Jo Swinson, espoused fine, compassionate Liberal principles and was generally applauded for her attitudes.
It is very sad that thereafter, and particularly since her elevation to the Cabinet, she forgot those principles and her compassion.
She voted with Cameron and Clegg on all of the big ones.
Principle after principle has fallen as her career and salary has taken an upward trajectory.
From University fees, through the privatization of the NHS and the lowering of taxes for millionaires and billionaires, the further impoverishment of those in poverty through the heinous welfare bill and the imposition of the bedroom tax on poor people with nowhere to move… this woman is for the House of Lords if she can topple enough of her principles to do the Tories bidding.
She is doing very well out of her support for the Tories.
But of course, the only thing that could get in the way of this plan of a job for life (something a huge proportion of her constituents will never have thanks to her Govt. attacks on workers rights) would be Scottish Independence, so she is working hard making sure she is photographed at every White Elephant, bazaar and three-legged race in her constituency.
And now her voting for war.
Like Blair and Thatcher did and look at how they did!
Looked after by their rich sponsors and never wanting for anything… Every lower-middle-class persons dream…Cameron’s shockingly badly handled attempt at forcing us to war- his Maggie moment- Jo’s Maggie moment – failed.
Reason, principle, compassion and the will of the people won.
And this and all of the dreadful compromises she made that impact terribly on peoples lives will be hers and her Rose Garden chums downfall. (plotsplot)
April 2015: Lib dem Swinson walked through the lobby with the rest of her political cronies to cut Scotland’s budget by £12 billion.
January 2015: Swinson’s taxi use excessive!!!
Prudent Lib Dem MP, Swinson has been rather quick to defend her expenses over the past few years. And she has done well after the accusations of buying ludicrous things was batted off. And I quite understand, she can have a long commute to Westminster from Westerton.
So imagine my surprise to read she has needed something called “business class taxis?” Surely a mistake?
Parliament’s official record has Consumer minister Swinson revealing her department spent nearly £80,000 last year on “business class taxis”.
Surely a mistake. How many taxis do you know, Jo, which offer economy and business class? (The Mirror)
November 2014: All the lunatics are not locked up. Means Test the pensioners
The Business Minister has declared that wealthy pensioners should be stripped of their winter fuel allowance to fund cheaper bus fares for young people.
LibDem Swinson said subsidizing rich pensioners’ energy bills with payments of up to “£300 [If you qualify by being over 80 and live alone]” each was hard to justify in times of austerity.
She said the cash should be used instead to help young people get to work or college with discounted bus tickets.
It didn’t occur to her that poor pensioners are dying at the rate of 200 a day in the winter because they are cold in their homes, whereas young people at work and in college are kept warm all day in their jobs or colleges because someone else is paying the heating bills there?
Perhaps even the wealthiest pensioners are more concerned about the 200 who die than is Swinson who, remarkably, is also kept warm at the House of Commons, is provided with subsidized meals and booze, and enjoys a huge salary and “Voted strongly for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits”.
No other section of our society is so vulnerable and treated so badly by Swinson and her ilk that they live in fuel poverty.
When these gas rings go off the lives of another 200 pensioners are at risk.
November 2013: Swinson urged to ‘show consistency’ on unpaid workers
Swinson is under fire for railing against the use of unpaid workers – despite her party offering non-paying internships.
Campaigners have called on her to show consistency on the issue – and have accused her of promoting unpaid work through her Get East Dunbartonshire Working campaign.
They also accuse her of criticizing non-paying internships while backing the governments’ workfare scheme which forces people into unpaid work.
Swinson backed a campaign against the exploitation of interns – even though it was recently shown that the LibDems are the only party offering unpaid work experience.
Ross Greer, from Bearsden, convener of Dunbartonshire Greens, said:
“Young people in Scotland are being hammered by her government’s policies and workfare is a perfect example of this. Instead of investing in the economy to create more jobs, Westminster forces our young people into unpaid work experience. This system allows companies to hold back from employing new, paid staff as they can take on these young people for no cost instead. This creates a vicious circle of lost opportunities for young people in need of real, paid employment.”
Neil Scott, also from Bearsden, spoke for the Campise SSP, saying:
“While Swinson’s constituents pay hundreds of pounds for her heating bill we have to endure damaging policies, all coming from a Tory-led government that we did not elect. She cannot campaign against unpaid internships on one hand whilst advocating unpaid work placements on the other.” (Milngavie Herald)
November 2013: East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson defends bedroom tax vote
A motion to scrap the controversial ‘bedroom tax’ fell short by 26 votes last week in the House of Commons.
East Dunbartonshire MP Swinson was one of seven Lib Dem MPs who voted against the motion, helping to achieve the coalition majority.
The spare rooms subsidy has proved unpopular in East Dunbartonshire – with council chiefs and housing association bosses saying hundreds are being hit in the pocket.
The tax, introduced in April, means tenants have their benefits cut if they are deemed to have a spare bedroom.
However, a shortage of one-bedroom properties has meant many are unable to move and are forced to take the drop in income. (Kirkintilloch Herald)
Swinson To Ask The Good People of East Dunbartonshire to Forgive Her Disgraceful Betrayal of the Electorate When A Minister in The Con-Dem Government
In 2010 Swinson was returned to Westminster as the MP for East Dunbartonshire.
Her success almost entirely due to tactical voting witnessed by the support of the media, Tory and a number of Labour supporters denying the SNP candidate an expected victory.
The outcome of the election was a hung parliament but, with the backing of the Liberals the Tory Party took up office.
So yet again Scotland had a government that it had rejected outright (80%+ voted for parties other than the Tories.)
The support of Swinson and her Liberal colleagues ushered in a Government comprised of old Etonians, corrupt businessmen and unelected peers of the realm.
The infamous Con-Lib coalition government brought with it swingeing cuts and misery and the East Dunbartonshire electorate was subjected to five years of savage cuts destroying working-class families and many of the less fortunate in society.
The end result was that the poor got poorer and the rich much richer.
Given their chance in 2015 the people of East Dunbartonshire punished Jo Swinson’s betrayal, booting her, the Tories and the labour party firmly into touch.
The SNP took up the reins of office bringing confidence to the people of East Dunbartonshire that their welfare and political desires would be faithfully represented in Westminster.
Not dismayed and without apology (she is quoted as saying she had no regrets) for her actions and the misrule of the Con-Dem government (in which she held a ministerial appointment) she brazenly announced her candidacy for the East Dunbartonshire seat in the 2017 GE.
For the record, her main residence is in Peckham, London. But (planning ahead) she retained the flat, (in East Dunbartonshire) purchased for her by the obliging taxpayers of the constituency.
The Unionist media and BBC are already talking up Swinson for the seat
Swinson Comeback Confirmed – The People of East Dunbartonshire Must Be Nuts
Swinson was returned to Westminster as an MP in the June 2017 General Election and soon found her place in a much reduced Lib/Dem Party that had been firmly rejected by the wider electorate.
The Party is so short of talent that she was elected unchallenged to the post of Deputy Leader to the old pensioner Vince Cable, he of the fraudulent Post Office peanuts sell-off to Unionist supporting financiers in the City of London.
Mindful of her appalling record of failing to support female staff under attack from Lord Rennard she had the hard neck to attend a meeting, on 7 Nov 2017, with Vince Cable in Downing Street, convened by the Prime Minister to thrash out an agreement designed to provide staff employed by politicians with a place of work, free from sexual innuendo and abuse.