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Clegg: Cable Didn't Know About Polls - He Supports Me

Thursday 29th May 2014

Nick Clegg has told LBC Vince Cable didn't know about polls about his leadership in constituencies other than his own, and the Business Secretary supports him.


It follows the resignation of the Business Secretary's friend Lord Oakeshott yesterday, who quit after commissioning and releasing a poll suggesting Nick Clegg will lose his parliamentary seat next year.

In his resignation letter, the peer said Vince Cable was aware of the polling.

But Mr Clegg dismissed the accusation during Call Clegg this morning.

He said: "I spoke to Vince yesterday, and he explained to me what he said in public - he knew about the poll in his own constituency - and I wouldn't expect him to make me aware of that."

"People are predictably trying to whip this up into some great conspiracy - it isn't. It is quite normal for Vince to have got some polling done in his own constituency - but he was absolutely not aware of polls elsewhere. He has made it very clear that he didn't want any questions about leadership in the poll."  

Mr Clegg even flattered his colleague, calling Mr Cable "an outstanding Secretary of State".

"He supports me, he has said so, he will no doubt say so again. We speak day in day out. Maybe one of the things that can come out of this is an appreciation that although Liberal Democrats are the smaller party, we are the party with the bigger ideas. We are a really impressive team and I am privileged to be a leader."

Nick Ferrari put a final question to Mr Clegg: Will he fire Vince Cable?

"Absolutely not. We are going to carry on working together successfully to deliver many of the policies we've been campaigning for for years."