Before remarrying, Vince Cable was married to Olympia Rebelo for 33 years. She helped Mp in the early days of his career.
Sir John Vincent Cable was leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2017 to 2019 when he quit.
He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Twickenham from 1997 to 2015 and from 2017 to 2019. He was also a member of the cabinet from 2010 to 2015 when he was Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.
In the 1960s, the politician worked as an economic adviser for the Kenyan government. He did the same for the Commonwealth Secretariat in the 1970s and 1980s. Cable went to Cambridge and Glasgow to study economics. In these places he went to school.
At the same time he taught economics at Glasgow University. He then worked as chief economist for Shell in the 1990s. Cable was initially a member of the Labor Party and in the 1970s a Labor Councilor in Glasgow.
During this time, Vince was also John Smith’s special counsel. Smith was Secretary of Commerce at the time. On the other hand, in 1982 he changed sides and joined the brand new Social Democratic Party, which later merged with the Liberal Party to form the Liberal Democrats.
Vince Cable comes from a right-wing political family
Cable was born in York into a working-class family that identified as conservative.
His parents both worked in the chocolate shop. Len was a handyman for Rowntree’s and Edith worked for Terry’s wrapping chocolates.
Cable holds a Ph.D. In economy
Cable attended Nunthorpe Grammar School for his education, where he became Head Boy.
He then went to Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and earned a degree in economics. At first he had studied natural sciences, but then changed his mind. In the 1965/66 school year he was President of the Cambridge Union.
He also served on the committee of the Cambridge University Liberal Club, where he was eventually elected President. However, he left the Liberal Party before he could become president of the club.
Vince Cable joined the same groups as members of the Cambridge Mafia while a student at Cambridge University.
After graduating from Cambridge University in 1966, Cable went to Kenya to work as a Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute, also known as the ODI Nuffield Fellow. He took care of it.
He went to the University of Glasgow in 1973 to do his Ph.D. in economics from this school. In his dissertation he dealt with how national economies are connected and how factories are built.
Cable started out in politics with the Liberal Party but later switched to the Labor Party
Cable was a member of the Liberal Party while in college. In 1966 he switched parties and joined the Labor Party.
In 1970 he ran for Labor and tried to replace Tam Galbraith as Conservative MP for Glasgow Hillhead but he did not win. Cable ran for election to the Corporation of Glasgow in the Partick West Borough that same year but did not win.
He was elected Maryhill Parish Representative as a Labor Councilor in 1971, a position he held until 1974. In 1979 he ran for the Labor Party seat in Hampstead, but lost to Ken Livingstone, who also failed to win the seat.
Vince Cable was an Aa Member while in Parliament
On his second attempt, in the 1997 general election, Cable beat Toby Jessel, the Conservative MP who was already in office in the Twickenham constituency. As a result, he was elected to the House of Commons.
In the following elections in 2001 and 2005 he was able to expand his majority, and in 2010 he did even better. In 2015 he lost the election and lost his seat, but won it back in a special election in 2017.
After the Orange Book came out, Cable was one of several Liberal Democrat MPs (MPs) to oversee the party’s move toward economic liberalism and a free-market approach.
Some have suggested that this change played a role in the 2010 Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition. That was one of the reasons the Orange Book was so controversial.
In late 2005 or early 2006, Vince Cable gave Charles Kennedy a letter signed by eleven of the Liberal Democrats’ twenty-three front benchers, including himself. In the letter, people said they didn’t trust Kennedy to lead the Liberal Democrats.
Cable was one of the signers. On January 5, 2006, Charles Kennedy announced a leadership election at which he promised to run again. This was in response to criticism from his frontbench team and an ITN News story about his drinking.
Vince did this because he thought he could keep his job. Nevertheless, he submitted his resignation on January 7th. Cable did not run for party leadership. Instead, he helped Menzies Campbell win the election.
In 2019, Vince Cable ended his career as a politician and retired
In May 2019, during the European Parliament elections, Cable led the Liberal Democrats to their best national performance since the 2010 election.
The Liberal Democrats took fifteen seats. During the election campaign, the party pushed for retention and opposed Brexit. He then said he wanted to leave politics for good, and resigned as party leader on July 22, 2019 after Jo Swinson was elected as the new party leader.
He also gave up his seat in Parliament ahead of the 2019 general election.
How Vince fit into the European movement
On July 2, 2022, it was announced that Cable had been appointed Vice President of the European Movement.
Olympia Rebelo, Vince Cable’s first wife, died of breast cancer
Cable’s first wife was Olympia Rebelo, a Kenyan raised in a Roman Catholic family in Goa.
Cable says they first met “in the unromantic surroundings of a psychiatric hospital in York,” where they both worked as nurses during the summer break. In 1976 she received her Ph.D. in History from Glasgow University. At this point she had three children with him, so her family was complete.
In 1987, shortly after the election, Olympia found out that she had breast cancer. After apparently effective treatment, the disease made a comeback in the mid-1990s, just before the 1997 general election. She died just a few months after the 2001 presidential election.
The officer who retired married Rachel Wenban Smith
In 2004, he and Rachel Wenban Smith married
Cable said in January 2009 that he wears the wedding rings of both his marriages when he is on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs program in the UK.
Ballroom dancing is very important to Vince
Cable is a big fan of ballroom dancing and has long said he would like to appear on the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing, which is hugely popular.
He eventually appeared on the show in the 2010 Christmas episode. He and his partner Erin Boag danced the foxtrot. He did a good job and the judges gave him an overall score of 36/40. The top judge, Len Goodman, gave it a perfect score.
Ann Widdecombe, a former MP and Conservative Party member, was the first elected official to ever appear on the show.
Community service is something Cable’s grandson does.
Cable’s eldest grandson is social activist and entrepreneur Ayrton Cable. His work to improve food and water safety has garnered him a lot of attention.
What is Vince Cable Net Worth?
Vince Cable is believed to have a net worth of around $3 million.
Sources say Vince makes between $300,000 and $700,000 a year, but not much else is known about him.
How I grew up and went to school
Cable was born in York into a working class family that supported the Conservative Party. Len, his father, worked as a handyman for Rowntree’s and Edith, his mother worked for Terry’s wrapping chocolates. Cable went to Nunthorpe Grammar School and was head boy there. He then went to Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge, where he first studied natural sciences and then switched to economics. In 1965 he was President of the Cambridge Union. He was also on the committee and was later elected President of the Cambridge University Liberal Club, but resigned from the Liberal Party before becoming President. He went to Cambridge at the same time as the Cambridge Mafia.
After graduating from the University of Cambridge in 1966, Cable was sent to Kenya as a Nuffield Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute.
In 1973 he received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Glasgow. His research looked at how economies are becoming more integrated and industrialized.
Cable taught part-time at the University of Glasgow and was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics from 1999 to 2004. In 2016 the University of Nottingham appointed Cable Honorary Professor of Economics.
From 1966 to 1968 he worked for the Kenyan government as Treasury Finance Officer. In 1969 he traveled to Central America to learn more about the Central American Common Market that had just been established.
From the early to mid-1970s, Hugh Carless Cable served as First Secretary in charge of the Latin American branch of the Foreign Office. During this time he went on a CBI trade mission to South America and worked on trade diplomacy for six months. In the late 1970s, when John Smith was Secretary of Commerce, he was his special adviser. In the 1970s and 1980s he was an adviser to the British Government and then to Shridath “Sonny” Ramphal, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.