Thanks to those who voted Lib Dem in Liverpool last Thursday from the Liverpool Lib Dem Council Group Andrew Makinson, Richard Kemp, Mirna Juarez and Malcolm Kelly
On Thursday the election results for our City were poor. Joe Anderson was re-elected and I fear now for the physical and green heritage of our City. For the Lib Dems, however, the day was good. In fact it was at the very top end of our hopes for the day and well, well beyond our fears.
In the Mayoral vote I went up from the near death experience of 6.5% in 2012 to a very healthy and competitive 21.1%. In terms of numbers of seats we doubled the size of the Council Group from 2 to 4 and now represent three wards. In all three of those wards we have elected strong and devoted campaigners who are first class liberals.
In Church Ward Erica was replaced by Andrew Makinson who has considerable experience in 13 years as a councillor and our spokesperson on the Passenger Transport Authority. Andrew had a majority of 1,462. He lives in the area and has done all is life and has already been out and about campaigning since his election.
In Allerton/Hunts Cross Ward Mirna Juarez had a convincing majority of 537. A local Mum and committed activist for green issues she has already served for 4 years as a councillor.
In Woolton Malcolm Kelly retook his seat with a majority of 813 after losing the ward twice by about 200 votes. Another old council hand Malcolm will hit the ground running with his 17 years of experience.
I believe that we will go on in all three of these wards to gain all the seats available (3 in 2018) not because the swing is with us; not because we have a right to be the councillors for those seats but because my colleagues and I are committed to the concept of community politics and to caring for our communities. Now that the negativity of the coalition days are behind us we can return to the point where people will elect us based on our commitment to them.
But that is not all the good news. In 5 other wards we came a very good second and will soon be putting candidates in place to work up those wards for 2018. You may think I am foolish revealing this is in a public blog but our opponents will already have worked out what we intend to do and where we intend to do it.
Let’s just mention our opponents for a while. The English Democrats were trounced. I hope they have slithered back into the sewer that they came from with their appalling perversion of Christianity and foul minded assertions about immigrants. The Tories as usual got nowhere and lost their deposit. UKIP almost disappeared from view. As far as we know they didn’t deliver a single leaflet in the City. The Greens showed the depth of their naivety. They had no understanding of what was going on. Had failed to realise that the General Election changed everything and that they were being stuffed in local by-elections across England. They came a poor third in the elections and only managed to hold on to their one seat in St Michaels. They have no prospect for a win anywhere outside that ward.
So what of Labour. It was pitiful really. Yes they have won – for now! They produced a selection of gimmicks which they described as a manifesto just two days before Election Day. No wonder they didn’t want it scrutinised. It had more holes than a Gruyere cheese! On election Day Labour were reducing to reproducing a 6 year old newspaper article to remind people of a coalition that has been dead for a year. They too have not realised that the General Election was a game changer. One half-witted Labour Councillor decided to give people links to blog articles that I wrote in 2011 and 2012. It produced a massive number of hits on Election Day. Mostly though people looked at my more recent blogs about the incompetence of the Labour Party in the City. They refused to stand on their record. They barely mentioned the Mayor as they knew he was a vote loser.
So how do we continue to move forward? Already I have been deluged by e-mails both of congratulations and commiserations. “What can we do next to help the Lib Dems move even further forward?” People ask me. The answer is astonishingly simple. Join us, help us and work for us. It is our intention based on the evidence of these results to move forward across the City. The more people that help us the quicker we can take over and protect what is left amongst the wreckage of Labour’s strategies.
Please take that step today. You can join the Party by clicking the link at www.richardkemp.org.uk. Just a few hours per month will enable us to take this City back with the leadership that it needs. I hope that you will this idea some careful thought. If you want to talk it through just contact me at richardkemp68.yahoo.co.uk and we can arrange to talk things through.