Will Ca­ble star in Coali­tion II?

The Mail on Sunday - - Comment -

VINCE CA­BLE is plot­ting a dra­matic re­turn to Gov­ern­ment.

Af­ter the Lib Dems’ dis­as­trous 2015 Elec­tion per­for­mance, Tim Far­ron and other se­nior col­leagues vowed their party would not en­ter into a new coali­tion deal with Labour or the Con­ser­va­tives. But ac­cord­ing to friends of Ca­ble, pic­tured, he is con­tem­plat­ing a for­mal re­ver­sal of that po­si­tion.

‘Vince is 74,’ an ally tells me, ‘and he’s im­pa­tient. There are things he wants to do for the coun­try and he doesn’t want to spend the next 20 years inch­ing to­wards power. He thinks that if we want to be rel­e­vant as a party, then we have to be pre­pared to serve.’ I’m told his think­ing on the is­sue has firmed up over the past week, as Tory in­fight­ing has re­opened the pos­si­bil­ity of an early Elec­tion. ‘The Gov­ern­ment could col­lapse at any time,’ an in­sider said, ‘and we need to be ready.’ If Ca­ble does shift his party’s stance, he will leave open the pos­si­bil­ity of a deal with Jeremy Cor­byn, Theresa May or her suc­ces­sor. When Ca­ble claimed he could be the next PM he was roundly mocked. But if there’s an­other hung par­lia­ment, he could have the last laugh.

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