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Sun Jun 18, 2017, 05:35 PM

10. I don't want to have a go in reponse to an honest answer to an honest question,

but I think those Lib Dem members need to take another glance or two, as she has Coalition baggage to excess, and would be hardly suited to leadership in the Corbyn Era on past form.

I'll be fair, and allow in her favour her opposition to Trident (not too hard a stance in sunny Bearsden compared to my own dependent constituency), her support for LGBT etc. issues and for investigations into the Iraq War, and her previous pro-EU stances (no idea whether they've changed since the referendum, but that was the Lib Dem line when she was in office anyway).

If I'm being fair on that, I have to include her votes on social issues:

Almost always voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax"
11 votes for, 1 vote against, 5 absences, between 2012–2014

Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices
0 votes for, 5 votes against, in 2013

Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability
0 votes for, 7 votes against, between 2011–2012

Consistently voted for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support
4 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2012

Almost always voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits
26 votes for, 0 votes against, 5 absences, between 2012–2015

Almost always voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed
0 votes for, 8 votes against, 1 absence, between 2011–2014

Consistently voted against increasing the tax rate applied to income over £150,000
0 votes for, 11 votes against, 1 absence, between 2012–2015

Generally voted against a banker’s bonus tax
1 vote for, 13 votes against, 4 absences, between 2011–2015

Almost always voted against an annual tax on the value of expensive homes (popularly known as a mansion tax)
0 votes for, 3 votes against, 1 absence, in 2013

Almost always voted against restricting the provision of services to private patients by the NHS
0 votes for, 6 votes against, 1 absence, between 2011–2012

Generally voted for reforming the NHS so GPs buy services on behalf of their patients
4 votes for, 0 votes against, 3 absences, between 2011–2012

Consistently voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year
1 vote for, 0 votes against, in 2010

Consistently voted for ending financial support for some 16-19 year olds in training and further education
2 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2011

Consistently voted for university tuition fees
3 votes for, 0 votes against, between 2010–2012

Consistently voted against slowing the rise in rail fares
0 votes for, 5 votes against, in 2013

Almost always voted against Labour's anti-terrorism laws
1 vote for, 19 votes against, 4 absences, between 2005–2010

Generally voted for the privatisation of Royal Mail
4 votes for, 1 vote against, between 2009–2011

Generally voted for restricting the scope of legal aid
9 votes for, 1 vote against, 2 absences, between 2011–2014

Generally voted against restrictions on fees charged to tenants by letting agents
0 votes for, 1 vote against, 3 absences, between 2013–2014

Generally voted for the policies included in the 2010 Conservative - Liberal Democrat Coalition Agreement
50 votes for, 10 votes against, 21 absences, between 2010–2015

And one that might be close to your heart:

Generally voted against requiring pub companies to offer pub landlords rent-only leases
0 votes for, 2 votes against, 1 absence, between 2013–2014

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/11971/jo_swinson/east_dunbartonshire/votes

For a glimpse of what she's like on camera under pressure, here she was, showing an impressive turn of speed when being asked awkward questions about the Lord Rennard sex abuse allegations: http://www.itv.com/news/update/2013-03-08/swinson-i-took-lord-rennard-allegations-seriously/

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