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Vince Cable

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Secretary of State for Business,
Innovation and Skills
In office
12 May 2010 – 8 May 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by The Lord Mandelson
Succeeded by Sajid Javid
Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats
In office
2 March 2006 – 26 May 2010
Leader Sir Menzies Campbell
Nick Clegg
Preceded by Sir Menzies Campbell
Succeeded by Simon Hughes
Liberal Democrats Treasury Spokesman
In office
12 June 2003 – 11 May 2010
Leader Charles Kennedy
Sir Menzies Campbell
Nick Clegg
Preceded by The Lord Taylor of Goss Moor
Succeeded by Vacant
Member of Parliament
for Twickenham
In office
1 May 1997 – 8 May 2015
Preceded by Toby Jessel
Succeeded by Tania Mathias
Personal details
John Vincent Cable

9 May 1943 (1943-05-09) (age 77)
York, England
Political party Liberal Party (Before 1965)
Labour (1966–1982)
Social Democratic Party (1982–1988)
Liberal Democrats (1988–present)
Spouse(s) Olympia Rebelo
(m. 1968-2001, her death)
Rachel Smith (m. 2004–present)
Children 2 sons, 1 daughter
Alma mater Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge
University of Glasgow

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 was 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.

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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