48 Facts About Vince Cable

1. Vince Cable calls 'tax abuse' unacceptable as further questions raised over Amazon.

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2. Vince Cable was Business Secretary under the Coalition government, famous for.

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3. Vince Cable was the second politician to appear on the show, after Ann Widdecombe.

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4. In 2018, Vince Cable wrote that he had opposed and still opposed the House of Lords of the United Kingdom, the upper house of the British Parliament for being made up of unaccountable members.

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5. On 23 June 2018 Vince Cable appeared at the People's Vote march in London to mark the second anniversary of the referendum to leave the European Union.

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6. Vince Cable has called for cross-border digital services and a single EU market for Netflix.

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7. Vince Cable ruled out the idea of electoral pacts in mid-April during the 2017 general election campaign.

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8. Vince Cable claims he would not work with the Conservatives either, comparing a coalition with the Conservatives to "mating with a praying mantis" where "You get eaten at the end of it.

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9. Vince Cable has criticised the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn, referring to its economics as "Venezuelan" and believes it is now dominated by "anti-capitalist zealots".

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10. Vince Cable has held differing views over time on the possibility of a new party emerging which could involve the Liberal Democrats.

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11. Vince Cable supports the continuation of the Liberal Democrat policy of a hypothecated 1p rise in income tax to pay for improved health and social care, along with proposals for replacing national insurance taxes with a likewise hypothecated new NHS and social care tax.

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12. Vince Cable warned that a post-Brexit trade deal with the US might lead to accepting lower standards in farming produce, less food being produced in the UK and less employment for farmers.

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13. Vince Cable claimed this was unlike TTIP in which public services were to remain protected and therefore he argued the UK should remain in the EU.

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14. Vince Cable has compared himself to centrist French President Emmanuel Macron, saying that as Business Secretary he had worked with Macron personally and that they have a "very similar" approach.

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15. On 7 September 2018, Vince Cable announced his intention to resign as leader of the Liberal Democrats.

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16. Vince Cable has received significant critical commentary surrounding his leadership of the Liberal Democrats in terms of policy proposals and stances.

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17. In late 2017 Vince Cable revealed that he had become "more interventionist" economically due to experiences while in the Coalition government.

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18. On 20 July 2017, Vince Cable became leader of the Liberal Democrats after facing no other competition.

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19. Vince Cable announced on 18 April 2017 his intention to stand for his former seat of Twickenham at the snap general election.

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20. Vince Cable lost his seat, previously considered safe, to the Conservative candidate Tania Mathias at the 2015 general election.

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21. Vince Cable stated he was then given specific assurances by the Ministry of Defence that the UK would be given oversight of potential bombing targets to minimise the risk of civilian casualties, including involvement in decisions, to a similar level given to the United States.

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22. In February 2015, Vince Cable was reportedly a speaker at an event hosted by various arms companies at a London hotel.

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23. In an article in May 2012, Vince Cable denounced the "red tape factories" of the European Union, calling for increased deregulation and labour market flexibility, as well as the expansion of the Single Market and scrapping of the Working Time Directive.

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24. In November 2011, Vince Cable announced the first of several reforms to employment laws.

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25. In June 2011, Vince Cable said "rewards for failure" were unforgivable at a time when real wages were being squeezed across the country.

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26. In July 2010, Vince Cable sought to reform credit lines amid a "significant demand" of smaller firms finding it harder to secure loans.

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27. Vince Cable said the changes to Capital Gains Tax would help to fulfil the Lib Dem aim of bringing more "fairness" to the tax system: "It's very important that we have wealth taxed in the same way as income.

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28. At the 2010 general election Vince Cable was again returned as MP for Twickenham.

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29. Vince Cable has been vocal over the bonus culture in the banking system.

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30. Vince Cable received significant acclaim during his tenure as Acting Party Leader, with particular praise for his strong performances at Prime Minister's Questions.

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31. In May 2010, Vince Cable declared his resignation as Deputy Leader to dedicate more time to his Cabinet role as Business Secretary.

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32. Vince Cable won plaudits for his repeated warnings and campaigns on the high level of personal debt in Britain.

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33. In 2004, Vince Cable was a contributor to the economically liberal Orange Book, which advocated for policies such as greater private sector involvement in higher education and healthcare.

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34. Vince Cable entered the House of Commons after defeating sitting Conservative MP Toby Jessel in the Twickenham constituency in his second attempt, at the 1997 general election.

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35. In 2017, Vince Cable became a strategic advisor on the World Trade Board for the annual World Trade Symposium co-organised by Misys and FT Live.

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36. Vince Cable worked for the oil company Royal Dutch Shell from 1990 to 1997, serving as its Chief Economist between 1995 and 1997.

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37. From the 1980s onwards, Vince Cable authored and co-wrote numerous publications in favour of globalisation, free trade, and economic integration such as Protectionism and Industrial Decline, The Commerce of Culture, and Developing with Foreign Investment.

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38. Vince Cable served in an official capacity at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting of 1983 in Delhi, witnessing "private sessions at first hand" involving Indira Gandhi, then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Lee Kuan Yew, and Bob Hawke among others.

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39. From the early to mid-1970s, Vince Cable served as First Secretary under Hugh Carless in the Latin American department of the Foreign Office.

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40. In 2016, Vince Cable was made Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Nottingham.

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41. Vince Cable lectured for a time at the University of Glasgow and was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics, for a three-year period until 2004.

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42. Vince Cable was born in York, to a working-class Conservative-supporting family.

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43. Vince Cable has recently announced that he will resign as Leader of the Liberal Democrats once Brexit "is resolved.

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44. Vince Cable resigned from both of these positions in May 2010 after becoming Business Secretary and President of the Board of Trade in the Cameron–Clegg coalition government.

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45. Vince Cable was active in the Labour Party in the 1970s, becoming a Labour councillor in Glasgow.

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46. Sir John Vincent Vince Cable is a British politician serving as Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Member of Parliament for Twickenham since 2017.

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47. Sir Vince Cable says his party can fill the "huge gap in the centre of British politics" left by Labour and the Tories.

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48. Vince Cable will discuss trade in post-Brexit Britain on a visit to drinks giant Diageo.

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