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London MP elected less than two weeks ago launches a bid to lead his party

A London MP elected less than two weeks ago today launched a bid to lead his party.

Tim Farron and Vince Cable Credit: PA

Sir Vince Cable, captured Twickenham for the Liberal Democrats after losing the seat to the Tories in 2015.

The 74-year-old former Business Secretary in the 2010-2015 Coalition government said he was offering 'energy, dedication and drive as well as experience.'

Vince Cable

Sir Vince was briefly Acting Leader of the Lib Dems in 2007 following the resignation of 66-year-old Sir Menzies Campbell who stepped down after coming under pressure because of his age.

Sir Vince said he would campaign for a second referendum on British membership of the EU.

I am ready to commit my energy, enthusiasm and experience to the task of leading the Liberal Democrats through what will be a period of chronic uncertainty. With the prospect of another election looming large, we must be ready for the fight.

– SIR VINCE CABLE MP

Earlier this month Sir Vince indicated he had no interest in replacing Tim Farron.

I'm not going back in order to compete for the leadership.

– SIR VINCE CABLE, SPEAKING TO ITV NEWS JUNE 1ST