The Liberal Democrats have tabled a motion of no confidence in the Government as Parliament returns this week from the May 2023 Local Election results.

Wera Hobhouse, Liberal Democrat MP for Bath, is backing the motion. If given time for debate in Parliament, the motion could force a general election if it is passed by the House of Commons.

Mrs Hobhouse is challenging the Government to allow MPs to debate the motion as soon as possible, arguing that last week’s local elections demonstrated that “the public clearly has no confidence in Rishi Sunak’s out-of-touch Conservative Government”.

The Conservatives lost over 1,000 seats across England, while the Liberal Democrats gained over 400 including taking control of former true blue areas such as Windsor and Maidenhead, Stratford-on-Avon and Surrey Heath. They also increased the Council’s Lib Dem majority in B&NES. The election gave the local party 41 Councillors after the 4th May’s vote. 

Wera Hobhouse, Liberal Democrat MP for Bath, commented:

“Time is up for Rishi Sunak and his out-of-touch Conservative Government.

“The local elections showed that the public clearly has no confidence in Sunak or the Conservatives, so it is time for a general election now.

“In Bath, people sent a clear message by voting Liberal Democrat at these elections. They believe in our fair deal and are fed up with this Government.”

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey MP added: 

“There’s only one reason Rishi Sunak would deny British people a say at the ballot box: because he is running scared and knows he would lose. It’s time for these out-of-touch Conservatives to face the music for their appalling failures on the cost of living, the NHS, sewage and so much more.”