22 Dec 2009
Vince Cable has emerged as the accountants’ choice for the next Chancellor following the pre-Budget report.
In a poll of around 600 readers conducted by Accountancyage.com both before and after the pre-Budget report, the Liberal Democrat deputy leader and shadow chancellor proved popular with members of the profession, with 44% and 45% of voters wanting him as next chancellor rather than political rivals Alistair Darling and George Osborne.
While the chances of the Liberal Democrats winning the general election outright next year are virtually nil, they could hold the balance of power in a hung parliament. Some have suggested that Labour or the Conservative party could bring the Lib-Dems on board by offering Cable the role of chancellor.
The biggest loser in the PBR with accountants has been George Osborne. Before the chancellor’s statement, the Tory’s opposite number topped the poll with 45% of the votes. But his response to the statement failed to impress, and his share of the vote dropped to 38%.
Current chancellor Alistair Darling did see a boost in his popularity following his speech, but still lags far behind his rivals with just 17% of the vote.
Our poll results: Who do you want as the next chancellor?
George Osborne 45%
Vince Cable 44%
Alistair Darling 10%
Vince Cable 45%
George Osborne 38%
Alistair Darling 17%
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