Vince Cable

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Vince Cable- Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Vince Cable is the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.[1] He is the Liberal Democrat MP for Twickenham. [2]


Cable served in the Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet as spokesman on trade and industry from 1999 to 2003. Followed by a role as shadow chancellor from 2003 to 2010. He was deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2006 to 2010. [2]

Outside of Politics, Cable worked as treasury finance officer for the Kenyan Government between 1966 and 1968. From 1968 to 1974 he was a lecturer in economics at Glasgow University. He then worked in a range of senior economic and foreign policy roles, before becoming Shell International’s chief economist in 1995. [2]


Cable attended Nunthorpe Grammar School before going to York and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, where he studied natural science and economics and was President of the Union. He then studied for a PhD at Glasgow University. [2]

Special advisers


  • Tessa Munt, MP, was parliamentary private secretary to Cable from 2011 to January 2015, when she resigned after supporting a Commons vote on a fracking moratorium in the UK



  1. Her Majesty’s Government,, accessed 12 May 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP GOV.UK, accessed 1 October 2014