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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)

Debate information

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Significant Bath Petitions

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
200,058
c. 3,172 added daily
594,567
(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 months

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.

148,351
c. 763 added daily
153,217
(Estimated)

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

Sign this petition Gov Responded - 30 Jul 2020 Debated on - 12 Oct 2020 View Wera Hobhouse's petition debate contributions
1 Dec 2020
closes in 6 days, 8 hours

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.

148,883
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 1 month, 4 weeks 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 1 month 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 2 months, 2 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 10 months 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, 3 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, 2 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, 4 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, 3 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, 6 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 1 year, 9 months 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, 7 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 1 year, 11 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 1 year, 10 months 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, 6 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, 5 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, 8 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, 8 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, 8 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
7 Oct 2020
Wera Hobhouse signed this EDM on Thursday 8th October 2020

Congratulating Prime Minister Ardern on New Zealand’s response to coronavirus

Tabled by: Richard Burgon (Labour - Leeds East)
That this House congratulates New Zealand’s Labour Government, led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, on its 7 October 2020 declaration that the country has eliminated local transmission of coronavirus; notes that this comes after there were no new cases for 10 days in Auckland, its largest city, after a cluster …
19 signatures
(Most recent: 9 Oct 2020)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 12
Scottish National Party: 4
Liberal Democrat: 2
Independent: 1
1 Oct 2020
Wera Hobhouse signed this EDM on Tuesday 6th October 2020

Support for Further Education colleges

Tabled by: Robert Halfon (Conservative - Harlow)
That this House recognises the unique role that colleges play in supporting people, employers and communities to thrive and central role in rebuilding the economy; endorses the vision of the Independent Commission on the College of the Future for a strategic and expanded role for colleges in empowering people with …
9 signatures
(Most recent: 9 Oct 2020)
Signatures by party:
Conservative: 4
Labour: 2
Green Party: 1
Alliance: 1
Liberal Democrat: 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

Title Bill Type Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Voyeurism (Offences) Bill 2017-19
Presented by Wera Hobhouse (Liberal Democrat)
Private Members' Bill
Presentation Bill
1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 11 Jul 2018, 11:13 p.m.
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.

Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill [HL] 2017-19
Presented by Wera Hobhouse (Liberal Democrat)
Private Members' Bill
Lords
1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 18 Jun 2019, 10:57 a.m.

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

Hate Crime (Misogyny) Bill 2019-21
Presented by Wera Hobhouse (Liberal Democrat)
Private Members' Bill
Presentation Bill
1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 2nd reading: House of Commons

15 Jan 2021

4 Nov 2020, 2:57 p.m.

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.

Election Candidates (All-ethnic-minority Shortlists) Bill 2019-21
Presented by Wera Hobhouse (Liberal Democrat)
Private Members' Bill
Presentation Bill
1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 2nd reading: House of Commons

12 Mar 2021

15 Oct 2020, 11:57 a.m.

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

Vehicle Emissions (Idling Penalties) Bill 2017-19
Presented by Wera Hobhouse (Liberal Democrat)
Private Members' Bill
Presentation Bill
1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 9 Jul 2019, 5:29 p.m.

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.

Postnatal Check-ups (Mental Health) Bill 2017-19
Presented by Wera Hobhouse (Liberal Democrat)
Private Members' Bill
Presentation Bill
1st reading: House of Commons 8 Mar 2019, 10:47 a.m.

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.


154 Written Questions

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Local Government Finance: Coronavirus Private Rented Housing: Energy Private Rented Housing: Standards Housing: Standards 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 Landlords Private Rented Housing: Licensing Fines Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government: Reorganisation Electrical Safety: Departmental Responsibilities Sleeping Rough Social Rented Housing: Rents Social Rented Housing: Electrical Safety Rented Housing: Electrical Safety Mental Health Services: Standards Obesity: Eating Disorders 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 HIV Infection General Practitioners: Training Veterinary Medicine: Migrant Workers Aviation: Sweden Buses: Electric Vehicles Buses: Hydrogen High Speed Two Railway Line: Forests Helicopters: Licensing Airports: Standards Public Transport: Voyeurism Cycling Taxis Taxis: Safety Taxis: Safety Taxis: Regulation Taxis: Registration Railways: Finance Great Western Railway Line: Electrification Great Western Railway Line: Electrification Great Western Railway Line: Electrification 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 Wind Power and Solar Power Private Rented Housing: Energy Green Homes Grant Scheme Ofgem Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs Solar Power: EU External Trade Intellectual Property Biofuels Renewable Energy: Finance Biofuels Biofuels: Subsidies High Rise Flats: Electrical Safety