Cherry slams Brexit choice
SNP MP Joanna Cherry has said she will focus her energies on defending “Scottish democracy from Boris Johnson” in the pursuit of a second independence referendum.
The SNP MP for Edinburgh South West was returned to her seat with 24,830 votes and an 11,982 majority.
She used her victory speech to describe the Prime Minister as “a stranger to the truth, an avoider of scrutiny and a huckster who would sell the NHS to the highest bidder”.
She said: “Scotland now has to decide whether it is time for us to embark on a different journey from the rest of the UK.
“My message to Westminster is this: Scotland didn’t vote for Boris Johnson, Scotland didn’t vote for Brexit.”
JO Swinson has indicated she wants to see a woman replace her as leader of the Liberal Democrats, after she lost her seat at the General Election.
In a speech in central London following a dismal night for her party, Swinson name-checked several re-elected MPs, including education spokeswoman Layla Moran and home affairs spokeswoman Christine Jardine, who had the “experience” to succeed her.
She said that “smashing the glass ceiling” by becoming the party’s first female leader had meant “a lot of broken glass comes down on your head”.
An emotional Swinson said: “I’m proud to be the first woman to lead the Liberal Democrats and I’m even more proud that I will not be the last.
“In Sarah (Olney), Wera (Hobhouse), Christine and Layla, we have four fantastic and experienced women MPs.
“And in Daisy (Cooper) and Munira (Wilson) and Wendy (Chamberlain), we have exciting new talent.
“They will take the Commons by storm.”
Wilson held former leader Vince Cable’s Twickenham seat after he stepped down from the Commons.
Cooper made a LibDem gain in St Albans against the Conservatives, while Chamberlain took Fife North East from the SNP.
LibDem rules say the party leader must be a sitting MP.
Following Swinson’s defeat to the SNP in East Dunbartonshire, deputy leader Sir Ed Davey and party president Baroness Brinton