Speaker

Jo Swinson CBE

Former Leader of the Liberal Democrats & Governor

Ditchley Foundation

About Jo

Jo Swinson was Leader of the Liberal Democrats in 2019, making the case for Britain’s continued membership of the European Union.

A Member of Parliament for twelve years (2005-2015 and 2017-2019), Ms Swinson served as a Business Minister in the Coalition Government from 2012-15 where she was the architect of landmark reforms including shared parental leave, new consumer rights for digital content, and enhanced corporate transparency including the gender pay gap and beneficial ownership.

In 2018, Ms Swinson was awarded the CBE for political and public service.

Author of ‘Equal Power: Gender Equality and How To Achieve It’ (Atlantic Books, 2018), Ms Swinson is currently looking for her next mission.

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