Keeping our strongest possible relationships with Europe and the rest of the World will be a key aim of the Liverpool Lib Dem campaign
Liverpool Liberal Democrats have today become the first Party in Liverpool to announce their team for the 2017 General Election.
The team will be led by the Leader of the Lib Dems in Liverpool Cllr Richard Kemp who will contest the Liverpool Wavertree seat. Anna Martin will contest Garston and Halewood; Tom Sebire will contest Liverpool Riverside; Kris Brown will contest Liverpool Walton and Paul Parr will contest Liverpool West Derby.
Cllr Kemp says: “All the evidence is that Liverpool Wavertree which voted heavily for Remain is within the Lib Dems grasp this time. In Parliamentary and local elections up and down the Country the 48% who opposed Brexit and coalescing behind Lib Dem candidates. In Wavertree as in the rest of the Country we will be offering a clear pro-Europe and internationalist message.
This will be a good election for the Lib Dems in Liverpool. After the near rout in 2015 we have trebled our membership; doubled our number of councillors; have money in the bank and are eager for the fight. Last year’s Mayoral Election when my vote went up from 6 to 21% shows the direction of travel in the City. This can also be clearly seen by the fact that 20 people have joined us since the PM announced her cut and run tactic of an early election.
We will fight against Brexit and for Liverpool’s place in the World; we will fight to reverse savage Tory cuts made in benefits in the last two years; we will fight to refashion our National Health Service and integrate it with social care; we will defend our environment and green spaces with new proposals for legislation to protect the nation’s parks including those under threat from Labour in Liverpool”.
ENDS: Cllr Kemp can be contacted on 07885 626913
Photographs of all candidates attached
Our Lib Dem Team:
Tom Sebire: Tom joined the Liberal Democrats in 2015, following the General Election. He lives in Liverpool and is supporting the continued drive to re-establish a strong Lib Dem presence on Liverpool City Council. He stood as a candidate for St Michaels ward in the 2016 elections. Tom is married to Catherine, a junior doctor working in Liverpool. Tom is a management consultant, working with Water and Energy companies to improve their processes and organisations, helping them to deliver a better and more efficient service to customers. Tom is passionately pro-European, and is determined to maintain our privileged economic relationship with the EU.
Cllr Richard Kemp CBE: Richard is the longest serving member of Liverpool City Council completing 34 years of service at the end of April. In addition to serving as a Liverpool Councillor he was the Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Local Government and Vice Chair of the LGA for 8 years. He currently serves as Lib Dem Spokes on Health & Social Care at the LGA. He is married to Erica who served as a councillor for 23 years and was Lord Mayor of Liverpool in 2014/15.
Anna Martin: Anna is a local business owner in Garston and has lived in the area all of her life. Anna is Secretary of the Liverpool Lib Dems and stood in Garston and Halewood in 2015. She increased the vote for Cressington ward in the 2016 local elecitons. Anna will be working closely with local councillors Mirna Juarez and Malcolm Kelly to deliver a great result on 8th June and build the foundations for more Lib Dem gains on the council. Anna is partnered to Kris Brown, Liverpool Walton candidate and has three children.
Paul Parr: Paul lives in West Derby village with his wife, Dr Elizabeth Parr. He is a management consultant in financial services and enjoys spending his spare time with family and on his allotment. Paul was a city councillor in Knotty Ash from 2007 to 2011 and, having stood for Parliament in West Derby in 2010 and 2015, is standing in this election as the local candidate who is passionate about our area and will work hard for everyone.
Kris Brown: Kris is currently Chair of the Liverpool Liberal Democrats and stood for Wallasey at the 2015 General Election. Kris works and studies in mental health care and has previously worked for John Pugh MP where he organised the election/re-election of many Lib Dem councillors. Kris was the Agent for Britain Stronger in Europe for Liverpool in the June 2016 referendum. He partners Garston and Halewood candidate, Anna Martin and has two children.