Former Lib Dem business secretary Vince Cable is seeking a parliamentary return in Twickenham

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Cable lost out in a battle with Conservative Tania Mathias in 2015. (Source: Getty)

Former business minister Sir Vince Cable has announced that he will bid to return to parliament in the General Election expected in early June.

Prime Minister Theresa May announced she will seek a vote earlier today, and Cable has seized the first opportunity to declare his candidacy.

The Lib Dem had represented Twickenham for almost 20 years before losing out at the last General Election to Conservative Tania Mathias.

However, the constituency remains one of the most finely balanced in London - Mathias has a majority of just 2,017 - and Cable has revealed he will seek to replicate the success of Richmond Park candidate Sarah Olney who defeated Mathias' ally Zac Goldsmith in nearby Richmond Park in early December.

Cable served as business secretary throughout the coalition government, establishing a reputation as a firebrand politician, lobbying then Prime Minister David Cameron to do more to prevent foreign takeovers of British companies.

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