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

Sir Vince Cable was the Liberal Democrats MP for Twickenham from 1997 to 2015. During the coalition government he was secretary of state for business, innovation and skills.[1]

Cable lost his seat in 2015 by 2,017 votes to the Conservative's Tania Mathias.[2]

He was knighted in the 2015 dissolution honours lists on 27 August 2015. [3]


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. [4]

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. [5]

After government

Having left his post as secretary of state after the last general election, Sir Vince sought the advice of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACOCA) regarding a number of new appointments.

Provided that he serve a two year lobbying ban from his final day in office and that he did employ and privileged information he accessed while in government, Cable was permitted to take on the following positions;

In October 2016, he received further approval to take up a non-paid role as non-executive director of White Capstan Limited, an asset management company that deals in automotive parts. ACOBA noted the role would not require any contact with government, and while he will have met a wide range of competitor companies through his time as business secretary, any privileged information has would be out of date. [6]


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.

Ministerial aides


  • 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

Special advisers



See: Fracking Spads


  1. Her Majesty’s Government,, accessed 12 May 2010.
  2. BBC News Twickenham, accessed 11 May 2015.
  3. Dissolution Honours 2015,, 27 August 2015, accessed 10 November 2016.
  4. Vince Cable stands down as Lib Dem deputy leader, BBC News, 26 May 2010, accessed 15 November 2016.
  5. Profile: Vince Cable, BBC News, 21 December 2015, accessed 15 November 2016.
  6. Sir Vince Cable summary of business appointments,, accessed 23 May 2016