Sir Vince Cable was the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Twickenham from 1997 to 2015 and Secretary of State for Business in the coalition government from 2010 to 2015. In 2017, he became the leader of the Lib Dems. Along with campaigning on current issues, Vince Cable remains at the centre of political and economic discourse.
Sir Vince Cable was the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Twickenham from 1997-2015. In 2017, he became the leader of the Lib Dems.
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. Sir Vince was Knighted in the Dissolution Honours List 2015.
Vince 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.
Previously Vince was Shell’s Chief Economist and Head of Economics at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Vince is an expert in matters of the economy and finance.
He was made head of the economics programme at Chatham House and he has held appointments as 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 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, formerly chaired, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Victims of Crime and is involved in several other groups formed to discuss issues such as Policing, Pulmonary Hypertension, Overseas Development, Warm Homes, Primary Care and Public Health and Insurance and Financial services.
Since gaining his degree in Natural Science and Economics from the University of Cambridge, where he was also President of the Union, he has gained his Ph.D. at the University of Glasgow. He was also a special professor at the University of Nottingham, is a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, and a frequent lecturer on Economics at the University of Glasgow.
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.
A regular broadcaster and columnist, he has written for The Independent on economic and political issues, and for The Economist. He has written many books, including some on Trade Policy and International Finance, Globalisation and tackling the fiscal crisis.
Vince is a superb speaker and is a sought-after conference speaker on business, economics, the emerging markets and finance.