Jo’s 2013 Holiday Message

The festive season gives us time to look back on the past 12 months and look ahead to the year to come. In 2013 we’ve seen positive signs of economic recovery thanks to the hard work of individuals and businesses throughout the UK. More than a million new jobs have been created in the private sector since the election.  Local job schemes and fairs, like the one I held in September, have us on track to create a million more.

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New Arrival!

Local MP Jo Swinson and her husband, fellow Liberal Democrat MP Duncan Hames, welcomed their son Andrew Lennox Marshall Hames into the world on Sunday December 22 2013, weighing 7lb 10 oz.

Jo and Duncan are both thrilled and all are doing well.

Jo will be spending time getting to know her newborn son, and in the meantime her office will be running normally. If you have anything you would like to raise please get in touch at jo.swinson.mp@parliament.uk or 0141 943 1568.


30 million people in jobs a new record

Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire has welcomed the news that 30 million people in the UK are in employment, the highest level it has ever been.  Locally in East Dunbartonshire, unemployment has fallen by more than a quarter since last year.

Commenting, Jo said:

“Nationally, employment has reached a record high with more than 30 million people in work. Here in East Dunbartonshire more people continue to find jobs and fewer have to claim Jobseeker’s Allowance.

“This is another encouraging step on the road to recovery that could not have happened without the Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government.

  • The number of people claiming JSA in East Dunbartonshire has decreased by 269 from November 2012 to 701 in November 2013, and is down 57 from October of this year according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Millersneuk Primary, now a Fairtrade school - Jo

Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire is congratulating Millersneuk Primary on achieving Fairtrade school status.  Millersneuk has met the 5 goals which include using and selling Fairtrade products as much as possible and learning about Fairtrade in at least three subjects in two year groups.

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3000 homes in East Dunbartonshire eligible for home heating help

Jo Swinson MP is calling on local residents to prepare for winter. As Scottish households respond to the recent extreme weather events and prepare to face freezing temperatures, new research reveals 3000 households in East Dunbartonshire are eligible for assistance from their energy supplier with heating their homes. 

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Festive visit to Milngavie sorting office

Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire visited the Royal Mail sorting office in Milngavie on Friday to see first-hand the staff’s hard work during the busy festive period.

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2013 Christmas Card competition winners

Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire has visited local schools to congratulate the winners and runners-up of her annual Christmas card competition. The winners of the Christmas Card competition were chosen by a panel of judges in Bearsden last month.

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Autumn Statement delivers for families in East Dunbartonshire – Jo

Local MP Jo Swinson today welcomed new support for families and businesses in East Dunbartonshire after the UK Government’s Autumn Statement confirmed new measures to cut energy bills, keep the cost of petrol down and crack down on tax cheats.

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Have your say on revised plans for Lenzie Post Office – Jo

Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire is calling on local residents to give feedback on the latest proposed changes to the Lenzie Post Office branch on Kirkintilloch Road.

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SNP White Paper doesn’t tackle the tough questions – Jo

The Scottish Government’s Independence White Paper has left voters in East Dunbartonshire none the wiser over what leaving the UK would mean, local MP Jo Swinson said after the document failed to address fundamental questions over currency and other issues.

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