Poll shows Swinson could lose East Dunbartonshire at next election

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MP Jo Swinson faces losing her East Dunbartonshire constituency seat according to the findings of a bombshell new opinion poll.

A Panelbase survey shows that the LibDems could lose five of their 11 Westminster seats in Scotland after their share of voting intentions slumped from 19 per cent at the last election to just seven per cent now.

Analysis shows that Ms Swinson - minister for employment relations and consumer affairs - is amongst the big hitters who could go.

The poll of 1,002 voters suggests that the LibDems are paying a heavy price for their involvement in coalition government with the Tories.

Results show that 54 per cent of voters are less likely to back the LibDems because of their involvement in the coalition.

However, Ms Swinson hit back, saying she is confident that her record as a constituency MP will see her through.

She said: “Over the last eight years I’ve worked hard for our area as East Dunbartonshire’s MP, and I hope at the next General Election local people will vote for me to continue as our representative in Parliament. Of course East Dunbartonshire is a marginal seat. It was close between me and Labour in 2005 and 2010 and I expect it will be a close race again between me and Labour in 2015.

“Everyone knows the Conservatives can’t win in East Dunbartonshire.

“Voting Conservative here will just let Labour back in.”

She was backed by her party leader, and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.

Mr Clegg, on a visit to Lairdsland Primary in Kirkintilloch on Tuesday, said: “Jo Swinson is an excellent MP who speaks with great enthusiasm about her constituency and is also a great government minister.

“Of course I don’t want to lose MPs like her at the next election, but these polls are just part of the ups and downs of party politics.

“I hope that this is only a short-term issue and that by the time the vote comes people will give us respect for what we have achieved in the coalition.”