State of Play



This was our response to a recent blog from Peter Kilfoyle. We now find ourselves agreeing with his latest blog as well!

Once again I am in almost total agreement with the thoughts of former Labour Minister Peter Kilfoyle. We now have a spare Mayor thrashing around trying to find something to do. We need to get rid of his position; his hangers on and remove the post of Chief Executive. That would make services run better and save £1,000,000 to be spent on much needed services.


I am in no doubt that there are two key elements to the success or otherwise of the Liverpool City Region. One is the governance arrangements; the other is the lead given by its biggest constituent authority, Liverpool City Council.

Comparisons with our near neighbour down the East Lancashire Road are unavoidable, given its obvious growth, and its additional powers currently unavailable to our own city region. It appears to have a sense of coherence and of purpose lacking in our own local leadership, more concerned with irrelevant distractions than with focussed development. Let me illustrate this.

During the past week, Mayor Anderson has involved himself again in issues and areas of competence outside of his brief. One concerned conditions in Walton Prison; the other was a London lobbying trip to London on transport. Now, it may be pedantic, but the prison issue is clearly a matter for local MP…

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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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