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Michael Fallon (second right) at the launch of Royal Mail Plc last year. (Image: Royal Mail Group/Getty Images)

Blame it on the bankers’ boogie

12 April 2014 11:30

Vince Cable and Michael Fallon, ministers responsible for the Royal Mail sell-off, have been summoned for another select committee grilling after Easter. Meanwhile, Labour’s irritatingly smug business spokesman Chuka Umunna… Continue reading

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Bank Of England Cut Interest Rates To All Time Low

Jobs for the girls

13 March 2014 11:22

Martin Vander Weyer tells an interesting tale in his Any Other Business column this week of Business Secretary Vince Cable demanding that companies appoint more women to senior positions: ‘The… Continue reading

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Today’s GDP figures are useful ammunition for the Conservatives

28 January 2014 11:16

That the UK economy grew by 0.7 per cent in the final three months of 2013, leading to the fastest growth annually since the financial crisis, is obviously very good… Continue reading

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Coalition starts 2014 with exhausting round of bickering

7 January 2014 8:55

If George Osborne and David Cameron did fire the starting gun for the 2015 election campaign over the weekend and yesterday, then what will that campaign look like? Labour wants… Continue reading

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Vince Cable in last minute bid to be Christmas Grinch

22 December 2013 16:50

While Anna Soubry’s short joke about Nigel Farage on Marr has been causing the biggest row, it was actually Vince Cable’s interview earlier in the programme that was clearly intended… Continue reading

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Vince Cable: London is ‘becoming a kind of giant suction machine’

19 December 2013 8:53

Vince Cable’s Today interview was remarkable for two reasons. The first was that the Business Secretary announced that he doesn’t want to ‘rush into legislation’ on zero hours contracts and… Continue reading

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Vince Cable is right, Britain is most likely to leave the EU under a Labour government

7 December 2013 13:56

Vince Cable is surely right in his comments yesterday that the most likely scenario for Britain leaving the EU is if Ed Miliband is Prime Minister after the next election.… Continue reading

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We have a repeat of this spectacle to look forward to in 2015.

Leaders debates are on: officially

4 December 2013 13:17

Westminster Christmas party season is in full swing. Half the Cabinet dropped by the Sky News bash at the Intercontinental last night. Mick Hucknall was also there, which was odd.… Continue reading

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Who feels grumpier about the recovery?

25 October 2013 18:15

The Tories were expecting Ed Balls to be a little grumpy today after the ONS’ latest figures showed the economy was growing at its fastest rate in three years. And… Continue reading

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Edward Snowden and the Guardian have started a debate…in the Kremlin and Beijing

11 October 2013 15:14

I was on the Daily Politics earlier, discussing the Guardian / Snowden leaks and debating against a representative from the campaign group ‘Liberty’. The ‘Liberty’ representative kept saying what a… Continue reading

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Royal Mail Misses All Performance Targets

Royal Mail shares surge in early trading

11 October 2013 8:59

Royal Mail shares are currently trading at 421p, 91p above its 330p opening price. This morning, the shares hit 456p before falling back slightly. This increase of more than a… Continue reading

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The week, in audio

20 September 2013 16:05

Britain’s no3 political party held their annual conference this week. But before that, the Liberal Democrats met in Glasgow. The week started with Nick Clegg evading questions about Vince Cable’s… Continue reading

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Why Cable’s zero hours contracts crackdown won’t ruffle Tory feathers

17 September 2013 12:39

What do the Tories make of Vince Cable’s crackdown on zero hours contracts? The Business Secretary’s review has been long-known, but yesterday he announced that he would ‘act against abusive… Continue reading

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An Alternative View Of The Liberal Democrats Annual Party Conference

Lib Dem conference: Vince Cable says Coalition could end before 2015

16 September 2013 20:34

Cabinet colleagues’ concerns over the housing bubble and immigration was only one facet of Vince Cable’s fringe interview this evening. What he told Steve Richards about the Coalition was also… Continue reading

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An Alternative View Of The Liberal Democrats Annual Party Conference

Lib Dem conference: Vince Cable says Tory Cabinet colleagues are worried about housing bubble

16 September 2013 19:26

‘People think that I’m quite blunt,’ joked Vince Cable to Steve Richards at a fringe event this evening. The Business Secretary was being interviewed on his job, his relationship with… Continue reading

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The Liberal Democrats Hold Their Annual Party Conference

Lib Dem conference: Vince Cable undermines Clegg’s ‘reasonable party’ strategy

16 September 2013 14:41

Another year, another speech by Vince Cable attacking those nasty Tories. After his rather undignified to-ing and fro-ing over the economy vote that left him looking confused and selfish while… Continue reading

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Lib Dem conference: Vince Cable’s speech – full text

16 September 2013 13:55

listen to ‘Vince Cable's speech to the Lib Dem conference 2013’ on Audioboo Friends. It is a special pleasure to speak to Conference in the city where I had my… Continue reading

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Lib Dem conference: Vince Cable graces economy debate with presence and support

16 September 2013 10:48

So after all that fuss overnight, suddenly Vince Cable has decided that he can spare time to pop along to his party’s crunch debate on the economy, to vote and… Continue reading

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Speakers Address The Annual CBI Conference

Lib Dem leadership enjoys victory on two key motions… but Cable’s planned no-show causes economy debate jitters

15 September 2013 23:58

One of the Lib Dem leadership’s key aims for this conference in Glasgow is to move the party into a pragmatic mindset that involves accepting and moving on from certain… Continue reading

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Eeyore Cable undermines George Osborne by echoing his comments on the economy

11 September 2013 8:47

Poor Vince Cable. He just can’t help but brim with joy about the economy. He’s often spotted skipping across Parliament square to the Business department, humming ‘Oh, Happy Day!’ under… Continue reading

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Zero-hours contracts are not for everyone; but they can be a good option for those groups that can't work regular hours.

Zero-hours contracts have their place in the labour market

5 August 2013 18:32

One million people on zero hours contracts, scream the media - quoting figures released today by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. This is at odds with recent ONS figures that… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Visits Heathrow Airport

Commons committee worsens the Tories’ immigration headache

28 July 2013 11:55

Yesterday saw a spate of articles about the government’s immigration van pilot scheme. And today the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) damns immigration figures as a ‘blunt instrument’ and not ‘fit… Continue reading

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George Osborne Delivers His Autumn Statement On The Economy

Spending review: All departments settle

23 June 2013 22:01

All departments have now reached agreement with the Treasury in the spending review. Vince Cable’s Business Department, which was not expected to settle until the last possible moment, settled earlier… Continue reading

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Vince Cable made it clear he objected to some of the language used by George Osborne about benefit claimants. Picture: Getty

Cable talks going to the wire

23 June 2013 12:12

The Treasury is keen to downplay any sense of drama surrounding the spending review. On Marr this morning, George Osborne declared that he was ‘confident’ that he and Vince Cable… Continue reading

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David Willetts and Vince Cable - the mostly house-trained ministers. Photo: Getty Images.

Cable and Willetts: the house-trained ministers?

18 June 2013 17:22

There are few worse insults for a minister than to be called ‘house trained’. It implies that the vested interests of your department have you under their thumb. So, Vince… Continue reading

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