Vince talks Hospitals, Business and Brexit

December 7, 2018 8:39 PM

Liberal Democrat Leader Sir Vince Cable was welcomed to Market Harborough and Oadby yesterday as he met local business leaders, community organisations and was quizzed by local residents.

Sir Vince arrived at Market Harborough railway station to view the improvements there. Vince said that local Lib-Dem group leader Cllr. Phil Knowles, who backs a People's Vote on Brexit, with an option to continue with our membership of the European Union, had a view that "probably coincides with more people".

Vince Cable said he suspected that Harborough's Conservative MP who supports Theresa May's deal, was in the minority - not just in Parliament but in the country as a whole.

Vince in discussion with staff at the Leicester Royal Infirmary
Vince Cable at the LRI
Zuffar Haq hosted Vince Cable's Q & A in Oadby (photo by Robert Male Photography )
Q&A with Vince at the Leicester University Oadby Halls (Used with kind permission of Robert Male Photography
The audience builds up for the Q&A with Vince
The audience gathering for Vince's Q &A

After meeting business and community representatives at Market Harborough Theatre - the Liberal Democrats want urgent reform of business rates - Sir Vince also visited the Leicester Royal Infirmary before taking a public Q&A session with health campaigner Zuffar Haq at the University Halls in Oadby.

Topics covered included Brexit, housing and university funding. Brexit dominated much of the discussion, particularly the continued increase in people joiinng the Liberal Democrats as they see that both the Conservatives and Labour are set on a course for a hard Brexit come what may.

Answering a question on student support and fees, Vince talked about the need to ensure better funding for Further Education (his mother benefitted from FE college education) and the idea of moving away from loans and towards a graduate tax, which in effect the current system is in all but name.