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Swinson: Lib Dems would not enter coalition with Johnson or Corbyn

The Liberal Democrats would not prop up a Johnson or Corbyn led government, according to party leader Jo Swinson.

The Lib Dems leader said, speaking to the BBC on Monday, “I’m not going to support Boris Johnson or Jeremy Corbyn, They are not up to the job.”

Ms Swinson also said that she wanted her party to win more than 300 seats in a general election. The party currently has 18 seats in the House of Commons, recently benefiting from the defection of MPs from the Conservative Party including MP for Bracknell, Dr Phillip Lee and East Surrey MP Sam Gyimah. According to a report by The Times, more MPs could be set to defect to the Lib Dems in the near future.

Ms Swinson said on Monday;

“I reject this suggestion that you go into a general election campaign, particularly in these volatile political times and somehow people have to accept they don’t have a genuine choice.

“They do not have to choose between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn because frankly that choice is not good enough. Neither of those men is fit to be our prime minister.”

The statement came amid the Liberal Democrats Autumn Conference currently taking place in Bournemouth. On Sunday, the Lib Dems backed a policy which would see them campaigning for Remain in the event of a general election. The party has said it will revoke Article 50 if elected into government. The party had already been fairly strongly against Brexit, but this new policy is set to harden their stance further. 


Photo: Jo Swinson in 2017 | Photo Credit: Liberal Democrats via Flickr under licence (CC BY-ND 2.0)

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