Vince Cable announces he is standing down as an MP at next election

Following the news of a former party leadership candidate set to retire, comes this from a former party leader:

Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable is to step down as an MP at the next general election.

Sir Vince has represented Twickenham since 1997 and served as business secretary in the coalition government.

After losing his south-west London constituency seat at the 2015 general election, the 76-year-old regained it in the snap poll two years later.

He took over Lib Dem leadership from Tim Farron, continuing to lead the party in its opposition to Brexit. [BBC]

Jo Swinson responded to the news saying:

Note: under the party’s rules, an all-women shortlist would be used to select the next Liberal Democrat PPC (Prospective Parliamentary Candidate).


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