|The Right Honourable
Sir Vince Cable
|Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Treasury|
8 May 2017
|Preceded by||The Baroness Kramer|
12 June 2003 – 11 May 2010
|Preceded by||Matthew Taylor|
|Succeeded by||Danny Alexander (2015)|
|Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
President of the Board of Trade
12 May 2010 – 11 May 2015
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||The Lord Mandelson|
|Succeeded by||Sajid Javid|
|Leader of the Liberal Democrats
15 October 2007 – 18 December 2007
|Preceded by||Menzies Campbell|
|Succeeded by||Nick Clegg|
|Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats|
2 March 2006 – 26 May 2010
|Preceded by||Menzies Campbell|
|Succeeded by||Simon Hughes|
|Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Trade|
9 August 1999 – 12 June 2003
|Preceded by||David Chidgey|
|Succeeded by||Malcolm Bruce|
|Member of Parliament
9 June 2017
|Preceded by||Tania Mathias|
1 May 1997 – 30 March 2015
|Preceded by||Toby Jessel|
|Succeeded by||Tania Mathias|
|Born||John Vincent Cable
9 May 1943
|Political party||Liberal Democrats (1988–present)|
|Liberal (Before 1965)
Social Democrats (1982–1988)
|Spouse(s)||Olympia Rebelo (1968–2001)
Rachel Smith (2004–present)
|Alma mater||Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
University of Glasgow
Sir John Vincent "Vince" Cable (born 9 May 1943 in York, England) is a British politician who was the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government. He is the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Twickenham.
Vince Cable studied economics at university and became an economic advisor to the Kenyan government in 1966. He was an advisor to the British government and to the Commonwealth Secretary-General in the 1970s and 1980s. He served as Chief Economist for the oil company Shell from 1995 to 1997. In the 1970s, Cable was active in the Labour Party and became a Glasgow councillor. However, in 1982, he joined the Social Democratic Party (SDP) which would go on to form the Liberal Democrats and he unsuccessfully contested seats in the elections of 1983, 1987 and 1992 until being elected as the MP for the London constituency of Twickenham in the 1997 general election.
He was the main economics spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats from 2003 to 2010 and became the Liberal Democrats' Deputy Leader in 2006. In May 2010, a coalition government was formed between the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats and Vince Cable was made the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. He has promised a 'very radical overhaul' of the state pensions system. He resigned from his position as Deputy Leader in May 2010.
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- "Vince Cable Resigns!". Iaindale.blogspot.com. 26 February 2010. http://iaindale.blogspot.com/2010/05/vince-cable-resigns.html. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
- "guardian.co.uk". The Guardian (London). 22 December 2010. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/dec/22/dr-cable-vince-mr-bean.
- "Vince Cable to star in Christmas Strictly Come Dancing". BBC News. 16 November 2010. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-11767413. Retrieved 2101-11-16.
- "Sir Vince Cable to run for Lib Dem leadership". 20 June 2017. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-40339334.