With Vince Cable having been elected unopposed to the position of Lib Dem leader, what has he voted for and against in the past?
That’s it. Cable is the Lib Dem’s new leader following a nomination period during which only one candidate put their hat in the ring. Party members and political pundits will be wondering where Cable will take the party in the next few years, but what about his past record? Which aisle did he walk through on certain certain votes?
Data gathered by TheyWorkForYou tells us how Cable voted in previous votes in the Commons.
On taxation, Cable has voted for increasing the personal allowance for income tax, a key Lib Dem policy under the coalition. He voted for such increases on twelve occasions. He never voted against bills including such motions, but he was absent for six votes.
While such votes suggest he favours a more progressive taxation system, his votes for VAT rises suggest otherwise. As VAT disproportionately affects those with lower incomes it is a regressive form of taxation. Cable has tended to vote for increases in VAT, and was one of 320 MPs who voted for the increase from 17.5% to 20% back in 2011. The vote passed.
As for corporation tax, the new Lib Dem leader has tended to vote for bills that propose reducing the tax, with 11 votes in favour and just one against.
When it comes to education, the issue of tuition fees is one strongly associated with the Liberal Democrats as it contributed to their collapse in the polls during the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition.
According to TheyWorkForYou, Cable voted for raising the tuition fees cap to £9,000 back in 2010 alongside 27 other Lib Dem MPs at the time. The issue split the party as 21 of its MPs voted against the increase while eight abstained of were absent from the vote. This contrasts with Tim Farron who voted against the measure and was not a minister in the coalition government. However, before the coalition happened Cable did vote against cap increases, indicating that his later votes were due to coalition compromise rather than principal.
Furthermore, constitutional reform is fundamental to what the Liberal Democrats believe in so it is worth looking at the new leader’s votes on that. The new leader of the Liberal Democrat has tended to vote for proportional representation elections for the House of Commons, as well as for a fully elected upper chamber.
Finally, on social issues, Sir Vince Cable has always voted in favour of legalisation for same-sex marriage, and has voted consistently against the hunting ban and for smoking bans.
All vote records were from ‘TheyWorkForYou’, which can be accessed here.