East Dunbartonshire weighs up its future after Jo Swinson defeat

  The Guardian 

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Scottish constituency reflects on SNP resurgence and ongoing battle for independence * Follow the latest political news - live updates East Dunbartonshire is where Miss Jean Brodie would have lived in her prime had Muriel Spark been a Glaswegian. Affluence is worn discreetly here in towns such as Milngavie and Bearsden. Residents of these areas would not have taken kindly to finding themselves on the front pages of Friday’s later editions, a position they secured by tipping Jo Swinson, the Liberal Democrat leader, from her seat. If she ever seeks re-election again she may be asked to explain herself. The diverse nature of the seat is probably a microcosm of Scotland’s larger economic aspirations and challenges. But between 2015 and 2017 Swinson, a locally educated lass o’ pairts, has had it to herself. Her defeat, though not entirely unexpected, still came as a shock to those who had assumed her high national profile would be sufficient to see off a resurgent Scottish National party,

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