Twickenham proves easy hold for Lib Dems’ Cable

LIB Dem treasury spokesman Vince Cable today proved one of few shining lights on the horizon for his party, storming to victory in Twickenham with 54.4 per cent of the vote.

Cable, who swung a further 0.5 per cent of voters in his constituency towards the Lib Dems since the 2005 election, admitted that his party’s results were “disappointing” – a disappointment he said was tempered with anger and frustration over the “arbitrary and unfair nature of the electoral system”.

Cable’s Conservative rival Deborah Thomas upped her share of the vote slightly to 34.1 per cent, though voters shied away from Brian Tomlinson for Labour, whose support fell to 7.7 per cent from 11.4 per cent in 2005.

Cable told City A.M. earlier this week that he would advocate extending party proposals to publish the names of anyone earning over £200,000 in the banking industry to encompass all publicly listed companies.