Dear Mr Milliband………

Cllr Richard Kemp CBE,

Liverpool Liberal Democrats,

16, Dovedale Road,

Liverpool L18 1DW;



Rt Hon. Edward Milliband Esq. MP.,

Leader of the Opposition,

House of Commons,

London SW1A 0AA

24th January 2012

Dear Mr Milliband,

Suggested visit to Liverpool

At our council meeting last week the Labour Party moved an amendment to a resolution that we had put down requesting the Chief Executive to invite Nick Clegg to Liverpool. We are, of course, always happy to see our Leader in Liverpool, indeed he came to see us last summer.

It appeared to me to be discourteous to invite Nick without sending a similar invitation to you especially as since Christmas You and Mr Balls have made some major changes in Labour policy.

In accepting that:

  1. The deficit arose on your watch
  2. That you accept public sector pay and pension constraint
  3. That you have said that you cannot reverse the cuts that have been made
  4. You would have made many of those cuts yourselves to deal with both the deficit and the Eurozone crisis

you have moved into an entirely different position in respect of the debate that we should be having about how to take the country out of its current problems.

This has created a major problem for your colleagues in Liverpool who have opposed every cut that the Government has made, have suggested that you wouldn’t have made them and have basically been in deficit denial.

So I thought that it would be useful for you to come to Liverpool and meet public sector workers and community activists and explain why you have publicly adopted the 4 positions above and what you would have done in the last 18 months to curb the deficit that would have been markedly different to the cuts made by the Government.

This clarity would massively improve the debate in thiscountry about future pressures which are not only financial but also demographic.

I look forward to hearing from you and perhaps welcoming you once again to this wonderful city of ours.

Yours sincerely,


Cllr Richard Kemp CBE,

Deputy Leader,

Liverpool Liberal Democrats

About richardkemp

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool. Deputy Chair and Lib Dem Spokesperson on the LGA Community Wellbeing Board. Married to the lovely Cllr Erica Kemp CBE with three children and four grandchildren.
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