Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

Jo Swinson MP (on maternity leave)

Biography

Jo Swinson is currently on maternity leave. Jenny Willott is covering her ministerial responsibilities.

In September 2012, Jo Swinson became Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Women and Equalities Minister in the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. She was elected as the Liberal Democrat MP for East Dunbartonshire in 2005.

Education

Jo was brought up in East Dunbartonshire, where she attended Douglas Academy in Milngavie. She studied Management at the London School of Economics.

Political career

Jo has previously been the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Equality, Scotland and the Arts.

Jo was a member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee from 2007 to 2010 and was also Chairperson of the Liberal Democrats Women’s Policy Working Group in 2009.

As a backbench MP, Jo co-founded the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Allergy, Wellbeing Economics, and Body Image. Jo is also a member of the Ditchley Foundation’s Programme Committee.

Jo was a member of the Speaker’s Conference from 2009 to 2010, which looked at ways to increase the number of women and black and minority ethnic MPs.

Career outside politics

After graduating in 2000, Jo worked in Yorkshire as Marketing and PR Manager for the Emap radio station Viking FM.

In 2002 Jo moved back to East Dunbartonshire and worked for Glasgow-based media business SpaceandPeople.

Personal life

Jo enjoys running and completed the Loch Ness Marathon in 2007 and the London Marathon in April 2011. She also likes reading, hiking, and ceilidh dancing.

Jo is married to fellow Liberal Democrat MP Duncan Hames.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs

The Under Secretary is responsible for:

  • Post Office
  • employment relations (including ACAS)
  • consumer policy, consumer credit and consumer affairs
  • competition policy
  • corporate governance
  • company law
  • social enterprise
  • Insolvency Service (including company investigations)
  • Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill

This role is being covered by Jenny Willott MP while Jo Swinson is on maternity leave.

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    Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

    The Minister for Women and Equalities is responsible for the following policy areas:

    • women and growth
    • women on boards
    • lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender strategy
    • Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED)
    • body confidence

    This post is currently being held by Jenny Willott MP while Jo Swinson is on maternity leave.

    Previous roles in government

    1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

      • 2012 to 2013
    2. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs

      • 2012 to 2013

    Announcements

    by Jo Swinson MP (on maternity leave)

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    1. New report highlights the real damage of poor body confidence

      • 18 December 2013
      • News story
    2. Government cuts off costly calls

      • 13 December 2013
      • Press release
    3. Progress on clearer pricing in supermarkets

      • 4 December 2013
      • Press release
    4. Over 140 companies commit to improving gender equality in the workplace

      • 3 December 2013
      • News story
    5. Over 140 UK businesses commit to improving gender equality at work

      • 3 December 2013
      • News story
    6. Government outlines how mums and dads can use new shared parental leave system

      • 29 November 2013
      • Press release
    7. Post Office secures additional government investment to complete branch modernisation

      • 27 November 2013
      • Press release
    8. Consumers put off by high delivery courier charges

      • 26 November 2013
      • Press release
    9. Statement on delivery charges summit

      • 26 November 2013
      • Press release
    10. Tackling Homophobic Bullying in Schools

      • 21 November 2013
      • News story

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