We won’t put Jeremy Corbyn into Number 10, Sir Vince Cable claims

Sir Vince Cable on Sky News. Photograph: Sky.

Sir Vince Cable on Sky News. Photograph: Sky. - Credit: Archant

Sir Vince Cable has said there is a 'one in a million' chance Jeremy Corbyn will be prime minister - and said the Lib Dems won't support him if there is a hung parliament.

Speaking to Sophy Ridge on Sky News, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats said a Johnson majority could happen - but it was more likely there would be a hung parliamnet which could lead to a second referendum.

"I think we're faced with either a Johnson majority, it could happen. Although I think more likely, no majority, but hung in a different way, with more of us and more SNP."

Asked if Corbyn gets into Number 10 in the event of a hung parliament, Sir Vince said: "No it doesn't and we've been absolutely clear we couldn't possibly allow that to happen.

"It would probably be some more neutral figure and then leading into a referendum to resolve the Brexit issue and another General Election soon after that."

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Sir Vince said that Boris Johnson lacks empathy and comes across as "a bit of a phoney", as he pointed to the flooding in the North of England.

He said that Tony Blair or David Cameron would have visited areas affected by flooding "on day one".

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"Well, if it had been Tony Blair or David Cameron they'd have been there on day one.

"And they would have conveyed empathy, which Johnson doesn't.

"I mean, the Tories regard him as a great electoral saviour. I'm afraid I don't think he's showing signs of that.

"I think to be a really top-class politician, an effective prime minister, you have to have this ability to empathise with people and their problems, and he doesn't.

"He comes across as dishonest, a bit of a phoney, and his record of dishonesty unfortunately shows through, and he just didn't come across right."

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