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Vince Cable’s party conference speech was a plea for relevance

The Lib Dems have still not recovered voters’ trust. The danger is they never will

By Tom Quinn  

Vince Cable speaks to the Liberal Democrat conference in Bournemouth. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA Images

Vince Cable’s rather sedate first speech as leader to the Liberal Democrat party conference in Bournemouth was a plea for relevance. The Lib Dems made net gains of only four seats in June’s general election, giving the party just 12 overall, while their vote share actually declined to 7.4 per cent. It’s a long way from the 62 seats Charles Kennedy won in 2005 or the 23 per cent vote share achieved by…

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