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10 SEP 2012

Ms Jo Swinson MP - new Minister of State with responsibility for the Insolvency Service

Following the recent cabinet reshuffle (but the first time so surely a shuffle?) the new Minister of State with responsibility for the Insolvency Service is Ms Jo Swinson MP. Here are some biographical details: 

"Jo Swinson won East Dunbartonshire in 2005. She was the youngest MP in the House of Commons when elected at the age of 25. She is a familiar face at the Business Department having previously been Parliamentary Private Secretary to Vince Cable from 2010-2012 before moving on in that role to support the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. She is also Deputy Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

She has previously held Liberal Democrat spokesmanships on foreign affairs, equality, Scotland and the arts. Jo was a member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee from 2007-2010 and was also the chairperson of the Liberal Democrats Women's Policy Working Group in 2009 (www.realwomen.org.uk). Jo chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics, and is co-founder of the Campaign for Body Confidence.

Jo was brought up in East Dunbartonshire, where she attended Douglas Academy in Milngavie. She graduated from the London School of Economics in 2000 with a First Class Honours degree in Management.

An active member of the Liberal Democrats since 1997, Jo was Secretary and then Vice Chair of the Liberal Democrat Youth & Students. A champion of positive action rather than positive discrimination, Jo chaired the Lib Dem Campaign for Gender Balance from 2006 - 2008. Jo was a member of the Speaker's Conference from 2009-2010 which looks at ways to increase the number of women and BME MPs."

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