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Sir Vince Cable

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Leader of the Liberal Democrats
In office
20 July 2017 – 22 July 2019
Deputy Jo Swinson
Preceded by Tim Farron
Succeeded by Jo Swinson
Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson
In office
8 May 2017 – 20 July 2017
Leader Tim Farron
Preceded by The Baroness Kramer
Succeeded by The Baroness Kramer
In office
12 June 2003 – 11 May 2010
Leader Charles Kennedy
Menzies Campbell
Nick Clegg
Preceded by Matthew Taylor
Succeeded by Danny Alexander (2015)
Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
President of the Board of Trade
In office
12 May 2010 – 11 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by The Lord Mandelson
Succeeded by Sajid Javid
Leader of the Liberal Democrats
Acting
In office
15 October 2007 – 18 December 2007
Preceded by Menzies Campbell
Succeeded by Nick Clegg
Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats
In office
2 March 2006 – 26 May 2010
Leader Menzies Campbell
Nick Clegg
Preceded by Menzies Campbell
Succeeded by Simon Hughes
Liberal Democrat Trade and Industry Spokesperson
In office
9 August 1999 – 12 June 2003
Leader Charles Kennedy
Preceded by David Chidgey
Succeeded by Malcolm Bruce
Member of Parliament
for Twickenham
Assumed office
9 June 2017
Preceded by Tania Mathias
Majority 9,762 (14.7%)
In office
1 May 1997 – 30 March 2015
Preceded by Toby Jessel
Succeeded by Tania Mathias
Personal details
Born
John Vincent Cable

9 May 1943 (1943-05-09) (age 78)
York, England
Political party Liberal Democrats (1988–present)
Other political
affiliations
Liberal (Before 1965)
Labour (1966–1982)
Social Democrats (1982–1988)
Spouse(s) Olympia Rebelo (1968–2001)
Rachel Smith (2004–present)
Children 3
Alma mater Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
University of Glasgow
a. Office vacant from 12 May 2010 to 7 January 2015.

Sir John Vincent "Vince" Cable (born 9 May 1943 in York, England) is a British politician. He was the Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2017 to 2019. Cable 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.

Early life

Vince Cable studied economics at university and became an economic advisor to the Kenyan government in 1966.

Early career

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.

Before the leadership

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.

Leader of the Liberal Democrats (2017-2019)

After Tim Farron resigned, Cable said he would stand for leader. No other MP decided to stand against him and Cable became leader on 20 July 2017.

Cable announced in September 2018 that he would resign as Leader of the Liberal Democrats in May 2019. He later changed his retirement date to whenever "Brexit is resolved or stopped". On 24 May 2019, Cable said he would step down as party leader on 23 July. He was replaced by Deputy Jo Swinson on 22 July 2019.

Personal life

Cable was a contestant in the BBC's Christmas 2010 Strictly Come Dancing contest. He did not win. Cable was the second politician to appear on the show, after Ann Widdecombe.

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