Wera Hobhouse MP praises work of Bikeability in Bath and slams government for "pedalling back on active travel plans"

12 Jan 2024

On the 11th of January, Wera Hobhouse, Liberal Democrat MP for Bath and spokesperson for Energy Security and Net Zero, called for the government to propose a comprehensive plan for renewable energy development. 

The Bath MP responded to a statement given by the Parliamentary Under Secretary for Energy Security and Net Zero, Andrew Bowie, on the Civil Nuclear Roadmap. She reminded Mr Bowie that the best way to achieve affordable energy security was through renewable resources. 

Mrs Hobhouse criticised the extensive delays to renewable energy development that have occurred under the Conservative government. She also drew attention to the huge increase in costs for offshore wind projects, noting that they had risen by 40%.  

The Liberal Democrat Energy spokesperson demanded that the government propose a renewables road map to address the current challenges to renewable energy development. She also urged the government not to fall behind their international partners and lose their competitive advantage in offshore wind development. 

Wera Hobhouse, Liberal Democrat MP for Bath and spokesperson for Energy Security and Climate Change, commented: 

“The UK was once a world leader on climate change. Yet the Conservatives have damaged our reputation severely by not taking the opportunities to properly develop our renewable energy and offshore wind projects. Their dither and delay is costly for both purses and the planet.

“Nuclear power is blighted by delays and sky-high costs, which the government is rarely honest about. Instead, we should be turning to the cheaper and greener alternative: renewable energy.”  

Wera Hobhouse MP and Emily Cherry, CEO of The Bikeability Trust
  • Further information on the Bikeability Trust including how to access training across England can be found here.  

  • Further information on the Prime Minister’s plans to prioritise drivers can be found here

  • Further information on Bikeability cycle training in Bath can be found here.