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Five ex-Lib Dem MPs in the news today as standing in general election

Very welcome news from Vince Cable: with a snap general election, he’s standing for Parliament again in his former Twickenham constituency:

I am limbering up for my 10th General Election and am optimistic that I can win back Twickenham for the Lib Dems.

It was tempting to give up in 2015: go off to a quieter life on the red benches, spend more time in the garden. I certainly haven’t been idle: I’ve written a couple of books including a novel, filled several professorships, done some charity work.

But I feel that there are big political battles still to be fought. The country is heading in the wrong direction and the Lib Dems are the best hope of providing a coherent alternative to the present government.

Also in the media today as standing again are:

Expect more to join that list given the previous announcements about Liberal Democrat selections last year in order to be ready for a snap election.

Eight of the nine incumbent Liberal Democrat MPs are re-standing.

UPDATE: Jo Swinson and Bob Russell are also both re-standing.

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