Sunday, July 01, 2012

Jo Swinson tipped for promotion to Cabinet

Maybe it is only Sunday paper talk, but Scotland on Sunday has an article by David Maddox tipping Jo Swinson (currently Nick Clegg's parliamentary private secretary) for promotion to the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Scotland:
According to a source close to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Swinson, the MP for East Dunbartonshire, who from 2005 to 2009 was the youngest MP in the House of Commons, has impressed the party leadership since the Tory-Lib Dem coalition came together in 2010. 
In particular, her decision not to rebel over the coalition decision to increase university tuition fees, despite building a political career on trying to get them scrapped, marked her out for promotion with the leadership of both parties.
This is accompanied by some vague damning of the current incumbent, Michael Moore - apparently he is seen as "a safe pair of hands," but his approach to fighting the SNP’s referendum plans is "over cautious".

The other candidate mentioned if there is to be a new Secretary of State for Scotland is Alistair Carmichael:
who is seen as being a tough and likeable option to take on the Nationalists and is well regarded by both coalition parties in his role as deputy chief whip.
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