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Vince Cable livid over sting by paper’s reporters

Vince Cable has said he is “quite angry” about the newspaper sting that left him clinging to his Cabinet position this week.

The Business Secretary accused The Daily Telegraph of undermining his work as an MP by secretly recording what he thought was a private discussion with constituents.

He was rebuked by David Cameron and stripped of his responsibility for media competition after his caustic views of the coalition and media baron Rupert Murdoch were revealed.

But in an interview with his local newspaper, the Twickenham MP sought to turn the tables by saying the episode had done “great damage” to the relationship between MPs and their constituents.

Speaking to the Richmond and Twickenham Times, he said: “I feel quite angry and strongly about this. I've had constituency surgeries now for 13 years every week, that's well over 600.

“Thousands of constituents have been to see me, often on very difficult and confidential issues.

“Then somebody who isn't a constituent falsifies their name and address and comes in with a hidden microphone — it completely undermines the whole basis on which you operate as a local MP.’’

Mr Cable was taped by two undercover reporters posing as constituents at one of his surgeries.

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