Former business secretary says anti-Brexit message did not resonate with voters and party needs to offer ‘hope and inspiration’

Vince Cable, the only declared contender for the Liberal Democrat leadership, says his party should try to mimic the success of Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential race and offer “hope and inspiration”, after its anti-Brexit message failed to cut through at the general election.

The 74-year-old former business secretary, who began his political life in the Labour party, regained his Twickenham seat on 8 June, having lost it two years ago, and almost immediately threw his hat into the ring to lead the party when Tim Farron resigned.

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