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Cable’s TUC conference invite removed in protest over spending cuts

Trade Unions have withdrawn Business Secretary Vince Cable’s invitation to speak at the Trades Union Congress conference this autumn in protest over the Government’s public spending cuts, according to the Financial Times.

The FT says representatives of the biggest unions decided to remove Cable’s invitation at a meeting last week. The move follows David Cameron’s decision to turn down an invitation to the event because it would clash with the birth of his child.

However, the TUC says it is not looking to end dialogue with Cable and says it will offer him an opportunity to discuss important issues in the future.

A TUC statement says: “Rather than Vince Cable addressing congress, which at one time had been planned, Brendan Barber and Vince Cable have agreed that he will meet a TUC delegation which will provide a full opportunity for the TUC to discuss with him at length issues within the Business, Innovation and Skills department remit.”

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