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Lib Dem’s Jo Swinson apologises for voting for austerity cuts in bid to win votes in Andrew Neil grilling

LIB Dem leader Jo Swinson yesterday apologised for her Coalition role in a desperate bid to win votes.

In a grilling by Andrew Neil, she said sorry for voting for austerity cuts.

 Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson has apologised for her Coalition role in a desperate bid to win votes
Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson has apologised for her Coalition role in a desperate bid to win votesCredit: BBC One

Ms Swinson served as a junior business minister from 2012-15 in the Tory/Lib Dem government.

She told the BBC’s Mr Neil: “I am sorry I did that. It is one of the things we did get wrong.”

Ms Swinson said she had acted out of “collective responsibility”.

She went on: “Some cuts were necessary but the balance between cuts and tax rises I don’t think was the right balance.”

The party leader earlier faced Extinction Rebellion protesters who had glued themselves to her campaign bus dressed as bees.

They also targeted a Brexit Party constituency office and Labour bus.

In Streatham, South London, Ms Swinson said: “There’s clearly a little bit of an irony in gluing yourself to an electric bus. But I recognise the point.”

 Ms Swinson served as a junior business minister from 2012-15 in the David Cameron and Nick Clegg's Tory/Lib Dem government
Ms Swinson served as a junior business minister from 2012-15 in the David Cameron and Nick Clegg's Tory/Lib Dem governmentCredit: Getty - Pool
 In a grilling by Andrew Neil, Swinson said she had acted out of 'collective responsibility'
In a grilling by Andrew Neil, Swinson said she had acted out of 'collective responsibility'Credit: PA:Press Association
Andrew Neil grills Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson over her undemocratic policy to revoke Article 50 without a second vote



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