Vince Cable picks winners for annual Christmas card competition

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Vince Cable presented young Christmas card designers with prizes after picking the winner of his annual card competition.

The Twickenham MP received hundreds of entries from 15 different schools, with the best 15 being awarded with a specials House of Commons teddy bear at his constituency office on December 16.

After a difficult time judging, Dr Cable selected Zara Shattock, a five-year-old from Hampton Infant School and Nursery as this year’s overall winner.

The winning design is featured on the front of the card sent to more than 45,000 households in Twickenham, Whitton, Teddington, St Margarets and the Hamptons.

Dr Cable said: “This is the 12th year I have run this competition and choosing the winner becomes more difficult each year.

“I was very impressed with the creativity that went into designing all of the cards and I want to thank all of the pupils who sent in entries.”

Runners-up included Palvi Patel from Clarendon School, Kira Marks from Buckingham Primary School, Clare Harrison from St Mary’s and St Peter’s School and Demi Hutton from Hampton Junior School.

They will have their designs displayed on the back of the card.

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1:19pm Thu 26 Dec 13

illynillyt says...

Mr Cable should stick to doing useful cosy things like this, rather than continue to slag off the Government (and its Leader) of which he is an important member. If he is so critical of his colleagues, he should go the back benches.
Mr Cable should stick to doing useful cosy things like this, rather than continue to slag off the Government (and its Leader) of which he is an important member. If he is so critical of his colleagues, he should go the back benches. illynillyt

2:10pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Culverin says...

Ignoring the the rubbish spouted above by @illnillyt, Vince Cable should stop wasting his time, put his money where his mouth is and bring this ghastly Tory government down.

The UK has suffered enough in three years, five would be too much. If he really has the power, Cable should act now so that this great country can be restored before it's too late.
Ignoring the the rubbish spouted above by @illnillyt, Vince Cable should stop wasting his time, put his money where his mouth is and bring this ghastly Tory government down. The UK has suffered enough in three years, five would be too much. If he really has the power, Cable should act now so that this great country can be restored before it's too late. Culverin

5:48pm Thu 26 Dec 13

jeremyhm says...

I imagine what the first poster was referring to was the convention known as Cabinet Responsibility. Most governments around the world adhere to this: it means that cabinet ministers do not openly criticize their government's decisions, even if they disagree with them personally. It was adhered to previously, and we now hear of prominent members of the cabinets of Mr Blair and Mr Brown telling us they disagreed. Mr Cable would appear to have broken this.
I do find it difficult to comprehend how Culverin could wish for a Labour government, after all the damage they did before, that we are now paying for, and that is being laboriously repaired. However, I do not wish to be rude to him, as courtesy is an excellence feature of debate and of this blog in particular
I imagine what the first poster was referring to was the convention known as Cabinet Responsibility. Most governments around the world adhere to this: it means that cabinet ministers do not openly criticize their government's decisions, even if they disagree with them personally. It was adhered to previously, and we now hear of prominent members of the cabinets of Mr Blair and Mr Brown telling us they disagreed. Mr Cable would appear to have broken this. I do find it difficult to comprehend how Culverin could wish for a Labour government, after all the damage they did before, that we are now paying for, and that is being laboriously repaired. However, I do not wish to be rude to him, as courtesy is an excellence feature of debate and of this blog in particular jeremyhm

8:24pm Thu 26 Dec 13

psmith5 says...

Collective responsibility applies to government decisions rather than party political opinion for which the 75,000 cap currently is.
Collective responsibility applies to government decisions rather than party political opinion for which the 75,000 cap currently is. psmith5

10:54pm Thu 26 Dec 13

jeremyhm says...

Please note that "cabinet responsibility" -that is what I wrote - is not the same as "collective responsibility" - that psmith wrote.
Please note that "cabinet responsibility" -that is what I wrote - is not the same as "collective responsibility" - that psmith wrote. jeremyhm

12:38pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Culverin says...

Regarding the 'cabinet responsibility' referred to by @jeremyhm, whilst I appreciate your point, I think that a completely different party is not obliged to adhere to it when policy is spun to the media before being discussed and agreed upon by both parties.

Talking of spin, "all the damage" done by the Labour government is nothing compared to the cruel Tories who have borrowed more than Brown and Blair put together (source: Larry Elliot) excluding the global financial crisis. In some ways Osborne's incompetence pales in insignificance when you count the suffering they've caused amongst the community.... cancer patients dying hungry and destitute, hundreds of thousands queuing at food banks, sick/disabled people being kicked out onto the streets, etc, etc, etc.

The cruelty is unforgiveable. Cameron standing at the dispatch box week in, week out all red in the face and shouting what a great job he's doing must be proud of himself..... lower than vermin!
Regarding the 'cabinet responsibility' referred to by @jeremyhm, whilst I appreciate your point, I think that a completely different party is not obliged to adhere to it when policy is spun to the media before being discussed and agreed upon by both parties. Talking of spin, "all the damage" done by the Labour government is nothing compared to the cruel Tories who have borrowed more than Brown and Blair put together (source: Larry Elliot) excluding the global financial crisis. In some ways Osborne's incompetence pales in insignificance when you count the suffering they've caused amongst the community.... cancer patients dying hungry and destitute, hundreds of thousands queuing at food banks, sick/disabled people being kicked out onto the streets, etc, etc, etc. The cruelty is unforgiveable. Cameron standing at the dispatch box week in, week out all red in the face and shouting what a great job he's doing must be proud of himself..... lower than vermin! Culverin

9:57am Sat 28 Dec 13

jeremyhm says...

I think you have now strayed into the realms of fantasy.
Just remind readers - whose government took us into Iraq (on obviously spurious evidence of WMD), and into Afghanistan ""not a shot will be fired"), and left saying "there's no money left"?
I rest my case
I think you have now strayed into the realms of fantasy. Just remind readers - whose government took us into Iraq (on obviously spurious evidence of WMD), and into Afghanistan ""not a shot will be fired"), and left saying "there's no money left"? I rest my case jeremyhm

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