Sir John Vincent “Vince” Cable, a British politician and economist, was born on May 9, 1943 in York, England. He attended the Nunthorpe Grammar School in York. Cable received his Bachelor’s at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge in 1969, and later in 1973, he received his Ph.D. from University of Glasgow. He began his political career in the 1970s, when he joined the Labour Party in Glasgow and took up the post of City Councillor in 1971. Later, in 1974, he served the British government as an economist and in the 1980s, he began working with the Commonwealth Secretariat.
In 1982, due to his disagreement over the excessive concessions made to trade unions by the Labour Party, Cable switched his alliance to the newly emerged Social Democratic Party. In 1988, with merger of SDP and the Liberal Party, Cable became a Liberal Democrat. In 1997, he took up the post of chief economist at the Shell Oil Company, where he worked for the next seven years. In 1997, he was elected the MP for Twickenham in West London.
After being elected MP, Cable did extensive work on the betterment of local causes and social issues such as MRSA and hospital cleanliness; hospice funding and the Shooting Star children’s Hospital; specialised nurses for chronic illnesses; and cancer screening. He attempted to get the Greenwich Judgment repealed and to eliminate the hurdles in the Private Finance Initiative in schools. He has collaborated with the residents’ groups to secure tighter regulation of odour and river pollution by Thames Water at Mogden sewerage works.
Vince Cable chaired the All Party Police Group for 5 years. He took up the initiative to raise many powerful social issues in Parliament such as gun crime, and more recently the “knives destroy lives” campaign with the Victims of Crime Trust based in Twickenham. He is also responsible for launching a probe into Feltham Young Offenders Institution, contributing to less over-crowding and improvements in education and medical treatment. He led a national campaign to fight the closure of post offices.
He has also been a member of the Treasury Select Committee and he serves as the Liberal Democrats’ Shadow Chancellor. He is invited to speak on many issues such as bank profits, personal debt, and equitable life. In March 2006, he was elected by his colleagues MPs as Deputy Leader. He also serves as the Chairperson of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Adoption, Pulmonary Hypertension, Police, and Victims of Crime and treasurer of the Internet Group.
Before receiving the office of an MP, Vince Cable was a regular contributor on economic and political issues at The Independent and The Economist, as well as, a regular broadcaster on BBC World Service radio and television. His literary contributions include Multiple Identities: Living with the new politics of identity, Regulating Modern Capitalism and Global Governance among others.