Vince Cable was the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Twickenham from 1997-2015. He was Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and speaks on issues of finance, European Economic and Monetary Union, and the City. He was Shadow Secretary of State for Trade & Industry from 1999-2003, became Treasury Spokesman in 2003, was elected Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in 2006 and Acting Leader for two months in 2007. In 2010, Vince was chosen by David Cameron to become Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, a post he held until the General Election of 2015.
Vince Cable worked as Treasury Finance Officer for the Kenya Government between 1966 and 1968. After lecturing at Glasgow University in economics he worked as a first Secretary in the Diplomatic Service in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1974-1976). He was then Deputy Director of the Overseas Development Institute, which included a period working for the then Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, John Smith MP, as a Special Advisor. From 1983 to 1990 Vince worked as Special Advisor on Economic Affairs for the Commonwealth Secretary General, Sir Sonny Ramphal.
From 1990 Vince worked for Shell International and in 1995 became Shell's Chief Economist. He was made head of the economics programme at Chatham House and since becoming an MP, has been appointed a fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and a visiting research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the LSE, for a 3 year period until 2004.
Vince Cable served as a Labour Councillor in Glasgow between 1971 and 1974, before joining the Social Democrat Party. In 1997 Vince Cable was first elected to Parliament to represent Twickenham.
He joined the Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet in October 1999 as Spokesman on Trade and Industry after a spell as a junior Treasury spokesman.
He founded and, until recently, chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group on Victims of Crime and is involved in several others groups formed to discuss issues such as Policing, Pulmonary Hypertension, Overseas Development, Warm Homes, Primary Care and Public Health and Insurance and Financial services.
He is very interested in environmental issues and drafted a report for the Commonwealth Prime-Ministers’ Conference on climate change and the ‘Greenhouse Effect’. He helped to prepare the report of the World Commission for the Environment with the Prime-Minister of Norway and Commonwealth Secretary General.
Vince Cable the Author
Vince has published several books and reports on international economics, trade and environmental issues including:
- Protectionism and Industrial Decline
- The New Giants: China and India
- The World's New Fissures; The Politics of Identity
- Globalisation and Global Governance
- Multiple Identities
- Public Services: Reform with a Purpose
- The Storm: The World Economic Crisis and What it Means
- Tackling the fiscal crisis: A recovery plan for the UK
Vince Cable is a superb speaker and is a sought after conference speaker on business, economics, the emerging markets and finance.
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