SIR Vince Cable joined a stronghold of politicians and supporters for a lively debate in Earley on Saturday.

Wokingham Liberal Democrats hosted the party leader at Maiden Place Community Centre.

Councillor Clive Jones led a question and answer session on a number of topics, including better funding for education and the NHS.

There was also a long discussion about Brexit and Sir Vince wasted no time in assessing how other parties were managing the issue.

He said: "A large majority of people think the Conservatives are handling Brexit badly and thought there should be a vote on the final deal.

"John Redwood's views were not in tune with the residents of Wokingham.

"This was a major turning point in British history and it was not being handled very well."

There was also room for more light-hearted discussion, as guests enjoyed hearing about his time on Strictly Come Dancing.

He also said the Lib Dems would increase taxation by 1p in the £ to help the NHS over the next few years.

Cllr Jones added: "The economy had the equivalent of a heart attack in 2008 and much of the world has seen a recovery since then. Britain has been further hit by Brexit.

"Sir Vince was a passionate supporter of the NHS and believed in a public healthcare system.

"We need better funding for the police across the country. there was an urgent need for more police officers to be able to deal with cyber crime and fraud.

"He was aware of the cuts in the Thames Valley force of 450 frontline officers in the last few years."