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Wera Hobhouse

Liberal Democrat - Bath

Liberal Democrat Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

(since September 2020)

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Justice)

(since September 2020)

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Women and Equalities)

(since September 2020)

Department Event
Wednesday 3rd March 2021
Ministry of Justice
Legislation - Main Chamber
Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill – report stage
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Department Event
Thursday 4th March 2021
Leader of the House
Business Statement - Main Chamber
Business Questions to the Leader of the House
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Department Event
Thursday 11th March 2021
Leader of the House
Business Statement - Main Chamber
Business Questions to the Leader of the House
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Department Event
Tuesday 16th March 2021
Ministry of Justice
Oral questions - Main Chamber
16 Mar 2021, 11:30 a.m.
Justice (including topical questions)
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Department Event
Thursday 18th March 2021
Leader of the House
Business Statement - Main Chamber
Business Questions to the Leader of the House
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Department Event
Thursday 25th March 2021
Leader of the House
Business Statement - Main Chamber
25 Mar 2021, 9:30 a.m.
Business Questions to the Leader of the House
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Speeches
Thursday 25th February 2021
Growing Back Better Report

Given the report’s focus on the need to address our ecological crisis without delay, does the right hon. Gentleman agree …

Written Answers
Friday 26th February 2021
Waste Management: Local Government
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding and resources the Government will make …
Early Day Motions
Thursday 25th February 2021
Women prisoner leavers and homelessness
That this House notes official statistics showing that 42 per cent of women released from prison in 2019-20 were discharged …
Bills
Wednesday 14th October 2020
Election Candidates (All-ethnic-minority Shortlists) Bill 2019-21
A Bill to amend the Equality Act 2010 to permit political parties to use all-ethnic-minority shortlists for the selection of …
MP Financial Interests
Saturday 11th January 2020
2. (b) Any other support not included in Category 2(a)
Name of donor: Michael Maude
Address of donor: private
Amount of donation, or nature and value if donation in kind: …
EDM signed
Thursday 25th February 2021
Yemeni human rights and Saudi arms sales
That this House notes the continued disaster of the war on Yemen which has helped create what the UN has …
Supported Legislation
Wednesday 10th June 2020
Local Electricity Bill 2019-21
A Bill to enable electricity generators to become local electricity suppliers; and for connected purposes.

Debate information

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Sparring Partners
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative) Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons (44 debate interactions) View debates with Jacob Rees-Mogg Sajid Javid (Conservative) (34 debate interactions) View debates with Sajid Javid John Bercow (Speaker) (33 debate interactions) View debates with John Bercow View All MP Sparring Partners

Significant Bath Petitions

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
125,214
c. 658 added daily
148,151
(Estimated)

Implement a two week school lockdown before 24 December to save Christmas

Sign this petition Gov Responded - 1 Dec 2020 Debated on - 7 Dec 2020 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
2 Apr 2021
closes in 1 month

Schools should move to online learning from 9 December so that all students and school staff have a chance to isolate for two weeks and then can safely meet older relatives.

211,974
Petition Closed

Cancel GCSEs and A Levels in 2021

Gov Responded - 20 Oct 2020 Debated on - 7 Dec 2020 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
19 Feb 2021
closed 1 week, 2 days ago

The Government should cancel GCSEs and A Levels in 2021 due to the disruption of Covid-19. By the time students go back to normal learning, 6 months will have passed since schools were closed to most pupils. This has already had a huge impact on the studying of so many.

428,490
c. 2,517 added daily
483,720
(Estimated)

Reclose schools and colleges due to increase in COVID-19 cases

Sign this petition Gov Responded - 25 Nov 2020 Debated on - 7 Dec 2020 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
22 Mar 2021
closes in 3 weeks

Close down schools and colleges due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. We are seeing cases of students and teachers catching the virus since schools have reopened.

70,337
Petition Closed

Keep schools closed until Covid 19 is no longer a threat

Gov Responded - 25 Nov 2020 Debated on - 7 Dec 2020 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
5 Dec 2020
closed 2 months, 3 weeks ago

The threat of covid19 is real. Children can’t be expected to maintain sufficient social distancing to keep this virus from spreading. They are social creatures. Allowing them back to school could cause a new spike in cases. They could bring it back home, even if they are a-symptomatic.

200,461
c. 1,267 added daily
237,499
(Estimated)

Allow football fans to attend matches at all levels

Sign this petition Gov Responded - 21 Oct 2020 Debated on - 9 Nov 2020 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
29 Mar 2021
closes in 4 weeks

Football is a powerful tool of which allows a range of benefits such as employment, and other important aspects of life. Football can be associated with passion, emotion, excitement and dedication across the community. With Fans attending football games a range of economic benefits are there too.

148,388
Petition Closed

Reduce curriculum content for year 10 & 12 students who will sit exams in 2021.

Gov Responded - 30 Jul 2020 Debated on - 12 Oct 2020 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
1 Dec 2020
closed 2 months, 4 weeks ago

A significant number of students will sit their final 2021 examinations. The outcome of which undoubtedly will be their passport, for many of their future life chances and successes. In order for this to be done fairly, it is imperative that the amount of content they are tested on is reduced.

148,884
Petition Closed

Review the decision to use previous data to calculate exam grades

Gov Responded - 4 Sep 2020 Debated on - 12 Oct 2020 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
27 Sep 2020
closed 5 months ago

We want the Education Secretary and the Government to step in and review the exam board’s decision on how GCSE and A-Level grades will be calculated and awarded due to the current coronavirus crisis. We want a better solution than just using our previous data to be the basis of our grade.

238,884
Petition Closed

Extend maternity leave by 3 months with pay in light of COVID-19

Gov Responded - 14 May 2020 Debated on - 5 Oct 2020 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
20 Oct 2020
closed 4 months, 1 week ago

In light of the recent outbreak and lock down, those on maternity leave should be given 3 extra months paid leave, at least. This time is for bonding and social engaging with other parents and babies through baby groups which are vital for development and now everything has been cancelled.

107,436
Petition Closed

Extend the transition; delay negotiations until after the coronavirus outbreak

Gov Responded - 9 Apr 2020 Debated on - 5 Oct 2020 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
10 Sep 2020
closed 5 months, 3 weeks ago

The government should consider delaying negotiations so they can concentrate on the coronavirus situation and reduce travel of both EU and UK negotiators. This would necessitate extending the transition period; as there can only be a one off extension, this should be for two years.

123,309
Petition Closed

Demand the EU & UN sanction Brazil to halt increased deforestation of the Amazon

Gov Responded - 30 Sep 2019 Debated on - 7 Oct 2019 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
24 Jan 2020
closed 1 year, 1 month ago

The government of Brazil led by Bolsonaro favour the development of the Amazon rainforest over conservation, escalating deforestation. Deforestation threatens indigenous populations who live in the forest, loss of a precious and complex ecosystem and a vital carbon store that slows global warming.

153,506
Petition Closed

Make online homophobia a specific criminal offence

Gov Responded - 28 Mar 2019 Debated on - 1 Jul 2019 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
12 Aug 2019
closed 1 year, 6 months ago

As a gay man I find it devastating how members of the LGBT community are still subjected to homophobic abuse online.

183,422
Petition Closed

Parliament must honour the Referendum result. Leave deal or no deal 29/03/19

Gov Responded - 4 Apr 2019 Debated on - 1 Apr 2019 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
4 Sep 2019
closed 1 year, 5 months ago

The UK voted in a referendum in 2016 to Leave the EU....this wasn't dependent on a " deal" ....but rather just "Leave"
we are now demanding that all mp's honour this result .conservative and labour mp's also agreed to leave on 29/03/19...... deal or no deal as part of their gen election campaign

194,336
Petition Closed

Hold a second referendum on EU membership.

Gov Responded - 30 Jan 2019 Debated on - 1 Apr 2019 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
16 Jul 2019
closed 1 year, 7 months ago

The Brexit process has been a failure. At the end of two years, our ruling party is bitterly divided, the main opposition not a viable replacement for it, and the deal we have negotiated is almost universally opposed.
No one voted for this to happen.

6,103,056
Petition Closed

Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU.

Gov Responded - 26 Mar 2019 Debated on - 1 Apr 2019 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
20 Aug 2019
closed 1 year, 6 months ago

The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is 'the will of the people'. We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now, for remaining in the EU. A People's Vote may not happen - so vote now.

113,825
Petition Closed

Increase funding for schools

Gov Responded - 5 Feb 2019 Debated on - 4 Mar 2019 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
19 May 2019
closed 1 year, 9 months ago

Schools are having to make difficult choices on how to spend their limited funding as their income has not kept pace with the rise in costs since 2010. All schools are working very hard to “make ends meet” but this is becoming increasingly difficult and verging on almost impossible.

116,485
Petition Closed

Brexit re article 50 it must not be suspended/stopped under any circumstances

Gov Responded - 29 Jan 2019 Debated on - 4 Feb 2019 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
31 Jan 2019
closed 2 years ago

the full details are well known to everyone the media has covered it fully

72,241
Petition Closed

Increase college funding to sustainable levels - all students deserve equality!

Gov Responded - 25 Feb 2019 Debated on - 21 Jan 2019 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
10 Apr 2019
closed 1 year, 10 months ago

We call on the Government to urgently increase college funding to sustainable levels, including immediate parity with recently announced increases to schools funding. This will give all students a fair chance, give college staff fair pay and provide the high-quality skills the country needs.

52,148
Petition Closed

Prevent avoidable deaths by making autism/learning disability training mandatory

Gov Responded - 25 Jul 2018 Debated on - 22 Oct 2018 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
7 Dec 2018
closed 2 years, 2 months ago

My son Oliver was only 18 when he died in hospital on 11 Nov 2016. I believe his death could have been prevented if his doctors and nurses had received mandatory training. He had autism and a mild learning disability, and they weren't trained to understand how to make reasonable adjustments for him.

203,235
Petition Closed

Rescind Art.50 if Vote Leave has broken Electoral Laws regarding 2016 referendum

Gov Responded - 9 Jan 2019 Debated on - 10 Sep 2018 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
12 Jan 2019
closed 2 years, 1 month ago

If Vote Leave has broken any laws regarding overspending in 2016 EU referendum then Art.50 should be immediately withdrawn and full EU membership continued.

113,612
Petition Closed

Parliament's vote on the Brexit deal must include an option to remain in the EU.

Gov Responded - 19 Dec 2017 Debated on - 11 Jun 2018 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
17 May 2018
closed 2 years, 9 months ago

A lesser of two evils choice between a bad deal and no deal is not acceptable. Our country deserves better than Hobson's choice, and our MPs should be allowed to vote with their conscience to deliver what they believe is best for the country.

156,835
Petition Closed

Call on PM to take action to build public trust in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Gov Responded - 5 Jan 2018 Debated on - 14 May 2018 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
30 May 2018
closed 2 years, 9 months ago

Bereaved families & survivors call on PM to exercise her powers under the Inquiries Act 2005 to appoint additional panel members with decision making power to sit alongside Chair in Grenfell Tower Inquiry: to ensure those affected have confidence in & are willing to fully participate in the Inquiry

141,835
Petition Closed

Leave the EU immediately

Gov Responded - 17 Oct 2017 Debated on - 22 Jan 2018 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
14 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 11 months ago

The Government should walk away from the Article 50 negotiations and leave the EU immediately with no deal. The EU looks set to offer us a punishment deal out of spite. Why wait another 18 months when we could leave right away and fully take back control of our country, lawmaking powers and borders?

145,118
Petition Closed

Hold a referendum on the final Brexit deal

Gov Responded - 28 Sep 2017 Debated on - 11 Dec 2017 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
12 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 11 months ago

We, the undersigned, call upon HM Government to give the people of this country the final say on the Brexit deal negotiated by the UK and EU. This would be done through a referendum that would take place prior to the April 2019 exit date.

14,438
Petition Closed

No referendum on the final deal for the UK to remain in the European Union.

Gov Responded - 17 Oct 2017 Debated on - 11 Dec 2017 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
15 Mar 2018
closed 2 years, 11 months ago

We, the undersigned, herby call upon HM government to dismiss calls for a referendum on the final deal as the British people were asked an important question on the 23rd June last year, the choices were abundantly clear, remain or leave the European Union and leave won a decisive vote.


Most recent EDMs signed by Wera Hobhouse

Date Tabled Title Signatures
25 Feb 2021
Wera Hobhouse signed this EDM as the primary signatory on Thursday 25th February 2021

Women prisoner leavers and homelessness

Tabled by: Wera Hobhouse (Liberal Democrat - Bath)
That this House notes official statistics showing that 42 per cent of women released from prison in 2019-20 were discharged into unsettled accommodation; further notes that the Safe Homes for Women Leaving Prison initiative estimates that as many as six in ten women leave prison with nowhere safe to go; …
1 signatures
(Most recent: 25 Feb 2021)
Signatures by party:
Liberal Democrat: 1
25 Jan 2021
Wera Hobhouse signed this EDM on Thursday 25th February 2021

Yemeni human rights and Saudi arms sales

Tabled by: Jeremy Corbyn (Independent - Islington North)
That this House notes the continued disaster of the war on Yemen which has helped create what the UN has designated the worst humanitarian catastrophe anywhere in the world, threatening the lives of millions of Yemenis; further notes that the Government continues to allow arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the …
43 signatures
(Most recent: 25 Feb 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 22
Scottish National Party: 10
Independent: 4
Plaid Cymru: 3
Liberal Democrat: 3
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 2
Green Party: 1
View All Wera Hobhouse's signed Early Day Motions

Commons initiatives

2 Urgent Questions tabled by Wera Hobhouse

Date Forum Title
11 Feb 2019 Commons Chamber Legislation against Female Genital Mutilation
18 Jun 2018 Commons Chamber Upskirting

Wera Hobhouse has not been granted any Adjournment Debates in the current sitting

6 Bills introduced by Wera Hobhouse


Parallel Parliament Note:

The substantive text of this bill was re-introduced by the Government as the Voyeurism Offences Act which received Royal Assent during the 2017-2019 Parliament.

A Bill to make certain acts of voyeurism an offence.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Tuesday 6th March 2018 and was enacted into law.


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to raise the age of criminal responsibility


Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Monday 17th June 2019
(Read Debate)
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA

A Bill to make motivation by misogyny an aggravating factor in criminal sentencing; to require police forces to record hate crimes motivated by misogyny; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Monday 9th March 2020
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA

A Bill to amend the Equality Act 2010 to permit political parties to use all-ethnic-minority shortlists for the selection of election candidates.


Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Wednesday 14th October 2020
Next Event - 2nd reading: House of Commons
Date TBA
Order Paper number: 12
(Unlikely to be Debated - would require unanimous consent to progress)

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to increase penalties for stationary vehicle idling offences; to grant local authorities increased powers to issue such penalties; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Wednesday 5th June 2019

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require routine six week National Health Service check-ups for new mothers to include mental health assessments and advice; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st reading: House of Commons
Thursday 7th March 2019

233 Written Questions

(View all 233 questions)
Eating Disorders: Research Eating Disorders: Mental Health Services Eating Disorders: Mental Health Services Eating Disorders: Mental Health Services Eating Disorders: Health Services 5G: Health Hazards Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions Influenza: Bath Mental Health: Research Contact Tracing: Computer Software Contact Tracing: Computer Software Eating Disorders: Health Services Overseas Students: Coronavirus Mental Health Services: Standards Obesity: Eating Disorders Coronavirus: Disease Control School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme Obesity Coronavirus: Disease Control Vitamin C: Coronavirus Gender Recognition: Young People Haemochromatosis: Research Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Research Fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia Department of Health and Social Care: Living Wage Department of Health and Social Care: Living Wage Drugs: Licensing Mental Health: Children Ophthalmic Services Social Services: Minimum Wage Social Services: Minimum Wage Social Services: Pay Social Services: Pay HIV Infection General Practitioners: Training Veterinary Medicine: Migrant Workers Domestic Abuse: Victim Support Schemes Local Government Finance: Coronavirus Private Rented Housing: Standards Private Rented Housing: Energy None Housing: Construction Housing: Solar Power Temporary Accommodation: Coronavirus Crisis Loans Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Brexit Second Homes: Council Tax Councillors: Somerset Holiday Accommodation: Non-domestic Rates Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Living Wage Housing: Finance Housing: Finance Unitary Councils Unitary Councils Unitary Councils Local Government: Elections Local Government Local Government: Dorset Local Government: Dorset Local Government Landlords Private Rented Housing: Licensing Fines Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Reorganisation Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Reorganisation Affordable Housing Affordable Housing Electrical Safety: Departmental Responsibilities Sleeping Rough Social Rented Housing: Rents Social Rented Housing: Electrical Safety Rented Housing: Electrical Safety Park and Ride Schemes Park and Ride Schemes Park and Ride Schemes Aviation: Sweden Buses: Electric Vehicles Buses: Hydrogen High Speed 2 Railway Line: Forests Bus Services: Rural Areas Transport: Disability Transport: Charities Helicopters: Licensing Airports: Standards Public Transport: Voyeurism Cycling Taxis: Regulation Taxis: Registration Taxis: Safety Taxis Taxis: Safety Railways: Finance Great Western Railway Line: Electrification Great Western Railway Line: Electrification Great Western Railway Line: Electrification Pre-school Education: Coronavirus Pre-school Education: Coronavirus Pre-school Education Children: Day Care Pre-school Education: Coronavirus Children: Day Care Overseas Students: Coronavirus Pre-school Education: Music School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme Children: Coronavirus Schools: Coronavirus Offences against Children Further Education: Finance Apprentices Home Education Pupils: Hyperactivity Schools: Voyeurism Students: Voyeurism Violence: Females Violence: Females Violence: Females Hate Crime: Disability Police: Training Overseas Students Overseas Students: English Language Hate Crime: LGBT People Hate Crime: LGBT People Migrant Workers: Social Workers Visas: Nurses Immigration: Families Children: Protection Immigrants: Detainees Detention Centres: Overcrowding Crime Prevention Gangs: Crimes of Violence Voyeurism