Local Lib Dems criticise “stitch-up” selection of Rishi Sunak

Steffan Aquarone and the North Norfolk Liberal Democrats have accused the Conservatives of a “stitch up” after Rishi Sunak was appointed by Conservative MPs as Prime Minister without the public being given a say.

Sunak was supported by North Norfolk MP Duncan Baker, who had previously supported Liz Truss’ campaign against the former chancellor over the summer, as well as Penny Mordant before that.

The Liberal Democrats have tabled a Bill in Parliament calling for an election by the 1st December.

Responding to Rishi Sunak being appointed the third Conservative Prime Minister in three months, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for North Norfolk, Steffan Aquarone said: 

“This Conservative Party stitch-up has left the country with another out of touch Prime Minister who nobody voted for. 

“Rishi Sunak has shown time and time again that he doesn’t understand the challenges facing struggling families and pensioners – whether it’s paying their heating bills this winter or being unable to get an appointment with their GP or dentist. We didn’t vote for this.

“I’ve spoken to hundreds of people around North Norfolk in the past few weeks. They are rightly furious that the Conservative Party has trashed the British economy, pushed our local health services to the brink, and added hundreds of pounds to people’s monthly mortgage payments. 

"People in North Norfolk are fed up with this Conservative government taking our area for granted. It's time to give local people a say over the country's future, and let them vote for a new kind of politics, through a General Election.”



  • The Liberal Democrats have tabled a Presentation Bill to call for an early general election. A Presentation Bill is a type of Private Members Bill that can be tabled by any MP. The MP reads the title of the bill out at First Reading with the bill then scheduled for debate at a future sitting Friday

Text of the bill:

  • General Election (Date) Bill

  • Bill to amend the Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Act 2022 to provide for a general election to be held no later than 1 December 2022; and for connected purposes

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