Nick Clegg announces Jo Swinson as new Equalities Minister


Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, has announced Jo Swinson, Lib Dem MP for East Dunbartonshire, as the new Equalities Minister. Jo has previously served as the Party’s Shadow Equality Minister, and appeared at several LGBT+ Lib Dems conference events.

Adrian Trett, chair of LGBT+ Lib Dems, said “I’m delighted that Jo will be joining the Lib Dem ministerial team and advancing Lynne Featherstone’s excellent work. As we celebrate the Coalition’s commitment to equal marriage, we look forward to furthering this Lib Dem policy in Government.”

Nick Clegg’s announcement is reproduced below:

Tonight I’ve been hosting a reception to celebrate the Coalition’s commitment to equal marriage, an issue I’m very proud that Liberal Democrats are delivering on in Government.

I was delighted to be joined at the reception by Jo Swinson MP – who I’m pleased to announce is our new Equalities Minister, in addition to her role as Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs.

Jo is one of the new Liberal Democrat team in Government; I am also delighted to welcome back David Laws and to bring Jenny Randerson, Don Foster and Tom Brake into Government roles. Their ability, enthusiasm and wisdom will be crucial as the Coalition puts Liberal Democrat policies and values into action.

I would also like to pay tribute to Sarah Teather, Paul Burstow, Andrew Stunell and Nick Harvey. They have all played a big part in making our country more liberal and have a number of significant achievements to their names. I know they will all continue to have a huge role in our party.

You can see the new Liberal Democrat Ministerial team here and the full Government here.

Equal marriage is just one of the many Liberal Democrat achievements in Government that our new Ministerial team are committed to delivering. We’ll also be fighting to make tax fairer, promote jobs and growth, improve education and protect the environment.

That is what Liberal Democrats are in politics for – and what Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government will deliver.

Best Wishes,