Gayathri Sathyanath calls for immediate General Election

7 May 2024
Gayathri Sathyanath

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

Locally, Havant’s Liberal Democrats gained 5 new seats in Havant Borough Council, taking the whole of Hayling West and two-thirds of both Bedhampton and Purbrook. The Conservatives dropped from having 30 councillors and control of the Borough Council, to only having 13 Councillors in a devastating message from the people of Havant to the Conservatives. When we look at the Havant Constituency, there are now only 4 Conservative Councillors in Havant Borough Council and the previous leader of the Conservative-led Council, lost his seat by 10 votes.

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 total number of Councillors.

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, Gayathri Sathyanath Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Havant, said:

“Alan Mak 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.

“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.”

Gayathri Sathyanath

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.”

Ed Davey in front of a crowd holding Liberal Democrat posters

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