Sir Vince Cable expected to win Liberal Democrat leadership

Sir Vince Cable expected to win Liberal Democrat leadership

The MP for Twickenham is set to become the new party leader

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sir Vince Cable is set to be confirmed as the new leader of the Liberal Democrats later on Thursday (July 20)

The MP for Twickenham is thus far the only person to put himself forward to replace Tim Farron, and the nominations window closes later today.

Farron resigned in the wake of the June election after saying he wouldn't be able to reconcile his Christian beliefs with the pressure of leading a progressive party. He had previously been heavily criticised for his views on a number of tiopics, notably same-sex marriage.

Cable has said he is ready to work with "like-minded people in other parties" to ensure the public get a final say on the terms of Brexit, and made it clear he wants the option to stay in the European Union if the agreement is not satisfactory. 

The former business secretary has enjoyed a long and distinguished parliamentary career, but critics suggest that, at 74, he is too old to helm a major party.

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