Jo Swinson’s 'fake crying' in speech backfires as viewer asks 'why don't you resign?'

Jo Swinson was attacked online as she delivered a speech in London ahead of the December 12 general election. The Liberal Democrat leader appeared emotional and nearly broke down as she criticised the Prime Minister over the way he handled the case involving Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Ms Swinson claimed the Prime Minister only cares about himself, but quickly received a furious response for her comments.

One online commentator wrote: “Jo Swinson doing fake weepy wobbles in her speech would be amusing if it wasn’t so menacing.”

Another quickly added: “Jo Swinson why don’t you resign instead of talking down political counter parties”.

A third online commentator said: “Jo Swinson not a very caring comment about Boris’ knowledge of tech. Bad acting with attempting to cry. Not even a watery eye. You have lost many votes from that stunt #oscars”.

A fourth wrote: “How did anyone see anything remotely inspirational or leader like in Jo Swinson. Lib Dems have played an absolute shocker of a campaign, and thrown away opportunity to become the party to control the outcome. Demise of Brexit and Lib Dem self-destruction handing election to Boris.”

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Jo Swinson criticised online during her speech (Image: SKYNEWS)

Jo Swinson

Jo Swinson appeared to become emotional during her speech (Image: SKYNEWS)

Liberal Democrat leader Ms Swinson accused the Prime Minister of having a sense of “Etonian entitlement” and not caring about jailed British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe during her speech.

She said: “Boris Johnson only cares about Boris Johnson. He will do whatever it takes, sacrifice whatever or whoever is needed to get what he wants.

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“This is a man who decided which side to support in the EU referendum by game-playing what would be most likely to get him the keys to Number 10.

“His life has been about becoming prime minister. Not out of some burning desire to make people’s lives better, but out of some sense of Etonian entitlement, because it’s what people like him get to do.

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Boris Johnson was criticised by the Liberal Democrat leader (Image: GETTY)

“Boris Johnson doesn’t care about you and your family. Just take the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

“A British mother wrongfully imprisoned, a small child devastated, separated from her mum.

“On visits to the prison, she would sit on the floor drawing pictures with Nazanin. She even asked to have her fifth birthday party in that prison.

“Boris Johnson couldn’t even be bothered to read his brief when talking about that case.

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“His words would be used against Nazanin at her trial, how appalling, how shocking.“

During her speech, the Liberal Democrat also said the Tory leader Mr Johnson was “not fit to be Prime Minister after “lying to the Queen” over prorogation.

“Boris Johnson is not fit to be Prime Minister not just because he doesn’t care, not just because he lies, but also because he is complicit in stoking division and fear in our communities,” she said.

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It comes following a critical YouGov poll which found Mr Johnson is on track to secure a huge majority in the 2019 general election.

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Labour suffered a huge blow in the latest election poll (Image: GETTY)

The constituency-by-constituency estimate by YouGov, published in The Times, indicates that if the election was held on Thursday, the Conservative Party would win 359 seats, 42 more than they took in 2017.

It would also take 43 percent of the vote, and in number of seats this would be its best performance since 1987.

Labour, meanwhile, is set to lose 51 seats, falling from 262 seats in 2017 to 211 now, and taking 32 percent of the vote, a nine percentage point decrease.

The poll also suggests none of the candidates who switched to the Lib Dems in recent months will win in their constituencies.

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Jo Swinson has vowed to put a stop to Brexit (Image: GETTY)

Chris Curtis, political research manager at YouGov, said the current analysis shows the Tories have a “comfortable majority”, with seats coming their way at the expense of Labour in the North and Midlands.

He said: “As expected, the key thing deciding the extent to which each of these seats is moving against Labour are how that seat voted in the European Union referendum.

“In the seats that voted most strongly to Leave in 2016 (60 percent or more in favour of departing the EU), the swing to the Conservatives is over six percent.

“This is allowing the Tories to overturn quite substantial majorities in places like West Bromwich East, the seat held until recently by Tom Watson, and Don Valley, the seat currently held by Caroline Flint.

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“The only silver lining for Labour is that there are still 30 seats where it is currently 5 percent or less behind the Tories. If it can manage to squeeze the gap over the coming fortnight, it may be able to paste over the cracks in their so-called Red Wall. But with just two weeks to go, time is running out for Labour.”



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