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Cable: Coalition break 'possible'

Business Secretary Vince Cable has raised the prospect of the Coalition government breaking up before the election, during a fringe event at the Lib Dem conference. Earlier he attacked the Conservatives as "a nasty party which has reverted to type"

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Cable 'not apologetic' about 'ruffling feathers'

Business secretary Vince Cable has come under intense focus at the Lib Dem party conference in Glasgow. Credit: PA

Vince Cable has refused to apologise for "ruffling a few feathers" and defended his "blunt" warning of a potential housing bubble, insisting someone in the Government had to speak out on the issue.

The business secretary repeated concerns the Government's Help To Buy scheme could overheat the housing bubble and should be restricted to areas where prices are already low.

Asked at a fringe event organised by The Independent why he seemed to be at the centre of controversy every year, Mr Cable said: "Maybe people do think I am a bit blunt. I do not regard that as a criticism."

He continued: "Where there are differences in our coalition I am perfectly willing to fire off about it.

"There has been this flurry about the housing market. I thought that someone in Government had to say something. I said it.

"Maybe it's ruffled a few feathers. I'm not apologetic."

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