Articles tagged with Vince Cable
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
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!”
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
by Anoosh Chakelian / 12 Sep 2012 09:52
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.
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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
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
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
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,
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
by Charlotte Henry / 17 Feb 2012 12:39
Diversity has long been a contentious issue in the Liberal Democrats. We frequently get stuck between wanting to make progress, and a genuine mistrust of quotas and A-lists. The answer though, I would hope, is not found within these binary options, and will come by the party as whole deciding to move forward on the issue, instead of fighting over it.
I’ve said it before, but it is worth repeating – it is
by Caroline Crampton / 23 Jan 2012 15:57
We were expecting Vince Cable’s announcement on executive pay in a speech tomorrow afternoon, but not as soon as this. If you listen to shadow secretary Chuka Umunna, Labour have ‘forced’ him to come to the Commons to make the announcement first - the Speaker granted Umunna an urgent question, meaning that Cable had to make is announcement in a statement to the Commons first.
Cable told the House that he “welcomed this
by Amber Elliott / 16 Jan 2012 09:59
Today is known as Blue Monday. It's supposedly the most depressing day of the year, calculated by arbitrary variables such as 'debt', 'motivation', 'weather' and 'need to take action'.
It's difficult to see how you would calculate such a formula, but they seemed appropriate values to raise as Nick Clegg stood to speak at Mansion House this morning.
The weather variable certainly indicated it was Blue Monday -