Here’s more proof why it’s hard to trust Jo Swinson on anything

Jo Swinson

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson has pledged “to stop Brexit altogether”. But here’s more evidence showing why it’s hard to trust her on anything.


At party conference, the Liberal Democrats agreed to cancel Brexit if they get into power. Swinson said:

We will do all we can to fight for our place in Europe, and to stop Brexit altogether.

But if her voting record and refusal to work with Jeremy Corbyn wasn’t bad enough, a new video has emerged showing that Swinson previously backed a referendum on UK EU membership.

In 2008, Swinson said:

The Liberal Democrats would like to have a referendum on the major issue of in or out of Europe.

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As her voting record shows, Swinson did indeed vote for a referendum in 2008. And indeed, despite blaming David Cameron for the 2016 referendum, the Lib Dems supported this option while Nick Clegg was at the helm, who led the party between 2007-2015:

People are struggling to follow Swinson’s “double speak”:

“Playing with fire”

As some pointed out, no matter how people voted in 2016, cancelling Brexit is far from democratic. This stands in complete contrast to Corbyn, who Swinson has said she won’t work with:

Some Lib Dems also shared similar concerns. Norman Lamb MP said this new Lib Dem policy amounted to “playing with fire”. According to the BBC, he said on the Today programme:

If we take this to the very limit in a situation where one side is vanquished entirely, I think there’s a real danger that we break the social contract in our country.

“Does not compute”

Swinson wants to cancel Brexit, if her party wins a general election. And there’s evidence to suggest that she’d consider working with the Conservative Party, although she seems to contradict this position at times. Meanwhile, Boris Johnson’s promised to push Brexit through no matter what. As one Twitter user stated, this “does not compute”:

So, as SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon also noted, it’s very difficult to trust the Lib Dems:

This isn’t the only example of a huge inconsistency between what Swinson says and the evidence of her voting record either. For example, as The Canary reported, Swinson’s website claimed she’s “campaigned tirelessly to save our environment”. But her voting record shows she supported the badger cull, fracking, HS2, and voted to sell off public forests. Swinson also accepted donations totalling £14,000 from Mark Petterson, director of a company with several fracking licences.

Swinson did support a referendum in 2008. Of course, people’s views can develop over time. But day by day, mounting evidence shows that it’s hard to trust a single word Swinson says. In fact, it’s hard not to suspect she’ll say whatever she can to pull votes and do whatever she wants to afterwards.

Featured image via Flickr – Liberal Democrats

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    1. Let’s not kid ourselves. Jo Swinson speaks for a heck of a lot of rabid Labour Remainers who would happily see the democracy of the 2016 EU Referendum stamped underfoot by a cross-party anti-Brexit rabble she is speaking for in the expectation of hoovering up cross-party Remain votes during any imminent general election. Swinson is on a trumpeting roll with the toot-ta-toots of her rallying ‘let’s destroy Brexit’ campaign. And many Labour Remain folk will be eyeing her call very seriously.

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