Clive Jones calls for immediate General Election

9 May 2024
Clive outside with a yellow rosette on

Clive Jones, and the Liberal Democrats have called for an immediate General Election in light of last Thursday’s Local Election results.

Locally, Wokingham’s Liberal Democrats gained a seat and in the Wokingham parliamentary seat achieved nearly 50% of the vote against the Conservatives.

This is the 6th successive year that the Liberal Democrats have gained seats on Wokingham Borough council.

Nationally, the Liberal Democrats were the big winners at the 2024 local elections, gaining over 100 seats, winning control of councils in Dorset and Tunbridge Wells, and finishing ahead of the Conservatives in the total number of Councillors. Across the country the Lib Dems won 522 seats to the Conservatives 515.

In Parliament, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey has tabled a motion of no confidence in Rishi Sunak’s Government in a bid to force a June General Election. 

Commenting, Clive Jones Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Wokingham, said:

“John Redwood is on notice, the Liberal Democrats are on the up and we’re ready for a General Election. 

“This set of local elections has been damning for Rishi Sunak’s Conservatives, nationally they have been pushed into third place by the Liberal Democrats who saw stunning gains across the country.

“During the campaign, people told us they wanted change and they wanted to send the Conservatives a message they couldn’t ignore - now they have. 

"Looking at the wards that are entirely in the new Wokingham Parliamentary constituency the Lib Dems achieved 49.6% of the vote and won 18 council seats and the Conservatives won 34.3% and only 6 seats with labour getting 13.7% and 3 seats.

“We urgently need a General Election, from the cost of living crisis to the NHS crisis, this dire Conservative government needs to be removed from office.” 

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey MP added: 

“Conservative MPs need to wake up and smell the coffee, and back giving the country the election it so desperately wants and needs. The longer this appalling government stumbles on, the worse it is for the NHS, people’s living standards and our environment.”

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