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Edge Hill University hosts former Liberal Democrat Leader Sir Vince Cable

November 22, 2023

Edge Hill University will host former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable for an In Conversation event, exploring his career as a two-time party leader, Cabinet Minister, and noted author. 

Sir Vince was Liberal Democrat leader during highs and lows. He led the party to excellent results in the local and European elections of 2019, signing off on the party’s famous “B****cks to Brexit” slogan. He also saw and experienced the losses of 2015 and the failure of the ‘Remain Campaign’.

In 2010 when the Coalition was formed, Sir Vince was one of the five Lib Dems in Cabinet, being appointed as Business Secretary and President of the Board of Trade, staying in post for the whole Parliament. After losing his Twickenham seat in 2015, he bounced back, being re-elected in the 2017 snap election. Sir Vince stood down in 2019 and saw his successor, Munira Wilson, hold the seat.

The free In Conversation event takes place on Tuesday 28 November 6-7.30pm at Edge Hills Ormskirk campus. To find out more and book a place visit

Politics Programme Lead Paula Keaveney said: “Sir Vince’s career has spanned the highs and lows, giving him unrivalled experience of everything politics can throw at you. He’s gone from the heights of power in the Coalition Government to leading his party through challenges and defeats. 

“His first-hand experiences of recent political history and perspective on current events are sure to be insightful and inspirational for our students and everyone attending this event.” 

Sir Vince is recognised as a prescient expert on the economy as one of the few who forecasted the credit crunch, as he explains in his books The Storm and After the Storm.

Since leaving Parliament, Sir Vince has written more books and has developed an interest in the geopolitics of China. Two of his recent books discuss the need to engage with China – The China Conundrum and The Coalition years – Partnership and Politics in a Divided Decade. This latter work gives his partner Rachel’s perspective as well as his own.

As a politician, Sir Vince has wide-ranging experience, from grassroots campaigning to media commentator. Before his political career, he worked in industry as a civil servant, diplomat and university lecturer. He became Chief Economist at Shell, which provided highly relevant expertise for his Parliamentary work.

Discover more about Edge Hill’s new politics courses, including BA (Hons) Politics and International RelationsBSc (Hons) History and Politics and LLB (Hons) Law and Politics

November 22, 2023


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