I've been told to wear low-cut tops while campaigning, says Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson

James Morris
Senior news reporter, Yahoo News UK

Jo Swinson has said she has been told to wear low-cut tops during the general election campaign.

The Liberal Democrat leader, who said the comments were “unsolicited” and not from her own campaign team, said she would be “true to myself”.

The MP for East Dunbartonshire also said she has been told to speak differently, during an interview on BBC Breakfast on Monday.

She said: “I get lots and lots of unsolicited advice. I’m not short of people telling me that I should speak differently or wear different shoes or wear different earrings.

Jo Swinson on the campaign trail in Edinburgh last week. (David Cheskin/PA via AP)

“Or in one case, somebody suggested that I should wear lower-cut tops.

“I mean, as if that’s going to be the thing that changes the poll rating. I’m not short of unsolicited advice.”

Asked if the “advice” was coming from her own election team, she said: “Not in my election team, but as I say, I do get these gems of advice that come to me.

“I am who I am and some people will not like the way that I dress or talk or my accent or whatever.

— Read more from Yahoo News UK —

Boris Johnson dodges Tory claim Jeremy Corbyn election win will lead to 52 more murders

Tory candidate slammed for suggesting food bank users struggle with budgeting

Boris Johnson says riding his bike on the pavement is the naughtiest thing he has ever done

“And fine. In a sense, that’s their problem. I’m going to stand here, do the best that I can arguing for the positions that I believe in because I do believe our politics can be better.

“And I’m going to be true to myself in the way I do it.”

Meanwhile, the latest election poll by Survation has put Ms Swinson’s party in third with 11%, compared with Labour on 31% and the Conservatives on 45%.

— What is a hung parliament? —