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Welcome to our new leader and deputy leader!

July 24, 2017 11:22 PM

Jo Swinson and Vince CableVince Cable and Jo Swinson are the new Liberal Democrat leadership team.

Vince Cable is the MP for Twickenham and the Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Vince was born to a working class family in 1943. His father, Len, was a craftsman for Rowntree and his mother packed chocolates for Terry's.

Vince Cable read Natural Sciences and Economics at Cambridge University, where he was President of the Union, followed by a PhD at Glasgow University.

Read more about Vince on the Liberal Democrat website.

Jo Swinson is the Liberal Democrat MP for East Dunbartonshire and our party's Deputy Leader and Shadow Foreign Secretary. She was a Business Minister and Minister for Women and Equalities in the Coalition Government (2012-2015).

A former marketing manager, in 2015 Jo founded her own consulting business advising organisations on workplace diversity. She has written a book, Equal Power, which will be published by Atlantic Books in early 2018.

As a Minister, Jo introduced shared parental leave, extended flexible working rights, clamped down on unscrupulous payday lenders, increased penalties on employers failing to pay workers the minimum wage, improved corporate reporting, introduced new rights for consumers buying online, created the Groceries Code Adjudicator to improve supermarkets' treatment of suppliers and won government support to bring in gender pay gap reporting.

Outside of politics, Jo enjoys running; she completed the Loch Ness Marathon in 2007 and the London Marathon in April 2011, and is running the Stirling Marathon in May 2017.

Read more about Jo on the Liberal Democrat website.