Liverpool Lib Dem Manifesto for the May elections


A full copy of the manifesto can be downloaded at

On May 5th there are three elections taking place on the same day. I am standing for the post of Elected Mayor, Chris Carubia is standing for the post of Elected Police Commissioner and a full team of candidates will be fighting in every part of our city for the councillor positions.

That is why the Lib Dems and I are launching our manifesto for the elections more than 5 weeks out from those elections. We want to put to the people of Liverpool our ideas and our proven competence in rescuing the City from the brink of disaster in the years that followed our taking control of the council in 1998.

We want the people of Liverpool to vote for us positively and not just because  we are not Joe Anderson and his team (although many will do just that). We are happy for our Manifesto to be scrutinised, pulled apart and questioned because we are confident that these are the ideas that will once again pull Liverpool back from the brink of disaster. We would be pleased to defend these ideas at community or media led hustings; on the door step or by e-mail or social media.

We believe that this is a manifesto which provides new hope and leadership for our City at a time when Labour have raided the councils’ reserves and increased our borrowing. The manifesto is full of ideas about bringing people together to solve Liverpool’s problems ourselves rather than continuing to hope that the Government will bail us out.

Highlights include:

  • Increased support for Credit Unions and the development of a commercial Peer to Peer lending/borrowing mechanism so that local people can invest in local businesses.
  • Support for organisations like Rex and Independent Liverpool to improve the local supply chain and support for locally led and locally tax paying businesses.
  • A pledge to immediately stop the selloff of parts of Sefton Park; Walton Hall Park; Calderstones Park and the transfer of their management to locally based, community led none profit making companies.
  • Establish a ‘Think & Do tank’ with our universities, social enterprises and business leaders to ‘future proof our City’ and provide long term direction for the public and private sector’.
  • Develop partnerships to tackle the increasing problems of dementia and obesity
  • Conduct a complete review of the taxi policies and operations in the City.
  • Piggy back on visits by Liverpool and Everton Football Clubs with trade mission to the countries they are playing in.
  • Developing Alumni Associations with the three Universities to build on the links created with former students once they have returned home.
  • Developing ‘Garden Towns’ on the derelict land in Liverpool 1,3,7,8 and 15.”

If you want to read the manifesto in full please go to where you will find a link to the full manifesto.

We hope that the other Parties will also produce a similar full manifesto so that the people of Liverpool can decide how to vote on May 5 on the basis of competing ideas not just competing Parties.

If you have questions or want to make comments about it please feel free and we will respond as quickly as we can.

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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