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Cable makes headlines... again

Cable makes headlines... again

by Sam Macrory / 16 Sep 2013 19:09

So you thought Vince Cable had run out of headline-making steam at the Liberal Democrat conference? Think again.

The business secretary has just given an interview to the Independent's Steve Richards at a fringe event, and casually lobbed a few more hand grenades in the direction of the coalition and its future.

Cable broke from the Lib Dem line pushed by Nick Clegg in suggesting that the coalition could split before the election, also hinted that he

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Cable: Attack on Tories & Labour wooing

Cable: Attack on Tories & Labour wooing

by Anoosh Chakelian / 16 Sep 2013 12:34

An attack on the Tories was always bound to feature in “perpetual Jeremiah” business secretary Vince Cable’s speech to Lib Dem Conference today. He has been taking swipes at George Osborne’s economic recovery narrative recently, and there were even hints he may not vote with the party’s ‘Strengthening the UK Economy’ motion this morning in favour of coalition economic policy (he voted in favour in the end – a relieving win for Nick Clegg, following

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Lib Dems looking for Labour?

Lib Dems looking for Labour?

by Sam Macrory / 16 Sep 2013 01:15

To the delight of the watching Lib Dem masses, Ed Davey's conference speech on Sunday was peppered with its fair share of rabble-rousing Tory-bashing. Further proof of gloves being loosened, if not quite removed, as the coalition approaches its final 18 months.

But just as telling was the energy secretary's handling of the Labour Party. Sure, there was a rather wonkish attack on Labour’s policy to abolish energy regulator Ofgem, but Davey also expressed his desire

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Cable: 'Pathetically low level' of women at the top

Cable: 'Pathetically low level' of women at the top

by Anoosh Chakelian / 28 May 2013 14:37

Today at a Start-Up Loans event targeted at female entrepreneurs, dangling high in the mist of suitably innovative venue Altitude 360, Millbank Tower, Vince Cable admitted both business and government are still failing to represent women.

As the ‘women problem’ perennially plagues David Cameron, whether from people defending the PM or slamming him for seemingly inching away from filling his cabinet with more women, the business secretary acknowledged: “Women are underrepresented in both sides of

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Vince Cable toys with the Tories while building his legacy

Vince Cable toys with the Tories while building his legacy

by Anoosh Chakelian / 24 Sep 2012 12:22

On a potential Tory rift between Boris Johnson and David Cameron, the business secretary today told the conference: “perhaps a pillow fight got out of hand in the dormitory.”

“I have been told,” Vince Cable said with a twinkle in his eye, “that jokes about social class are not good for the coalition.” You could almost hear his aides sighing in sweaty-palmed relief, before… “but as a mere pleb, I couldn’t resist!”

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Lib Dems reveal an identity crisis on day one of conference

Lib Dems reveal an identity crisis on day one of conference

by Anoosh Chakelian / 22 Sep 2012 15:04

Just when you were getting the hang of Lib Dem v Tory coalition divisions, a new tension reveals itself in the harsh yellow light of conference season: Lib Dem v Lib Dem.

The official theme is 'fairer tax in tough times', but from the consternation on tired faces, nervously chewed lanyards and restlessly twitching beards, it is clear from the onset that this is actually the soul-searching season - who are the Lib

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Omneologismshambles: today’s political dictionary

Omneologismshambles: today’s political dictionary

by Anoosh Chakelian / 12 Sep 2012 09:52

Proalition

A handy little portmanteau for Lib Dems and Tories alike to suggest that, in spite of various recent crises of loyalty, they still support the coalition. The Guardian handily points out that this is a neologism, rather than a typo. It also offers the cynic’s alternative: ‘noalition’. You can even call it the snowalition at Christmas. If it’s still around.

Gazelles

Vince Cable’s favourite new description for innovative,

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Cable speech: more ego massage than stimulating growth

Cable speech: more ego massage than stimulating growth

by Aisha Gani / 11 Sep 2012 15:49

Vince Cable has been flexing his muscles in the last few days, and in this afternoon’s major speech about industrial strategy, he set out the action to be taken to get UK growth on track. 

However timing is of the essence for a man that still has big ambitions, especially as Tories Michael Fallon and Matthew Hancock have already been throwing their weight around, having been placed by the prime minister in BIS

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Reshuffles fulfil our need for gossip but that is all

Reshuffles fulfil our need for gossip but that is all

by Emma Burnell / 15 May 2012 11:55

It’s reshuffle time again. Let joy in Westminster be uncontained. Rumours abound. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who’s in, out or sideways?

For Labour questions include the unlikely Will this be a glorious leftist revolution? and the more likely Will it be steady as she goes? The coalition have more to worry about right now. Does Cameron have enough women in the Tory Party to move Theresa May, Cheryl Gillan, Baroness Warsi

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Vince Cable’s lack of oomph at BIS

Vince Cable’s lack of oomph at BIS

by Caroline Crampton / 27 Apr 2012 12:48

Curbing the worst excesses of executive pay was supposed to be something the Lib Dems could claim as their own. Vince Cable, their secretary of state with an economic portfolio, was meant to be the man to do this. It should be a good news story both  for the government and for Clegg’s party – Andrew Hawkins is excellent here for Total Politics on just how much the public are worried about this

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Enterprise zones yet to give business the boost it needs

by Max Burman / 11 Apr 2012 14:13

Eric Pickles has today declared England's new enterprise zones operational. But, a year after the Chancellor unveiled the plans, it remains unclear what impact they have had.

On the surface there seems little to argue with. Tax breaks, reduced planning restrictions and ‘superfast’ broadband aren’t exactly dramatically contentious issues. Indeed, local councils have spent the last year queuing up to get in on the regeneration the policy promises.

At a national level,

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Norman Lamb: Get past Conservative emotion and we'll make progress on Europe

Norman Lamb: Get past Conservative emotion and we'll make progress on Europe

by Ben Duckworth / 02 Mar 2012 11:26

Following my George Eustice blog yesterday, where I covered how the Conservative MP had started naming Lib Dem MPs he’d like to work with on reclaiming powers back from Europe, I had a quick interview with Norman Lamb. The new consumer affairs minister in BIS was very open to the idea of working with Conservatives on reforming Europe. Just as there is talk of the Lib Dems working hard to differentiate themselves from

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