About Richard Kemp

Cllr Richard Kemp CBE was the Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Local Government  and Vice Chair of the Local Government Association of England & Wales. for 7.5 years ending in August 2011

He has been a member of Liverpool City Council for 40 years having held major portfolios in both control and opposition. He is Leader of the Liberal Democrats on the Council. He is currently the Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Leader of the Opposition. He is the Councillor for the world famous Penny Lane area

He is the chair of QS Impact a global charity which helps young people throughout the World deliver the UN’s SDGs in their own communities. He also is chair of the Local Authority Mutual Investment Trust which looks after £3.5 million of Council’s short, medium and long-term funds for councils large and small across the UK.

He is an adviser on localism & local government to a range of councils in England.

He is husband to a former Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Alderman Erica Kemp CBE, and has three children and five grandchildren.

7 Responses to About Richard Kemp

  1. James Evison says:


    I’ve just read your blog piece on housing and am interested in your comments regarding housing in Liverpool. Specifically, I am writing an article for the MJ about the government’s empty homes policy and how it could potentially benefit councils such as Liverpool, Manchester and Bradford, where the number of empty properties is high.

    I wondered, especially as a Liverpool councillor, what your opinion of the policy was, and if it will make any difference to local authorities now HMRI pathfinder cash has gone?

    Kind regards,

    James Evison
    Senior Reporter
    Municipal Journal

  2. “About Richard Kemp | But what does Richard Kemp think?

    ” was in fact a incredibly great blog post, . Continue publishing and I’ll try to keep on reading! Thanks a lot ,Patrick

  3. Sue says:

    I have just heard your comments on LBC, I really could not believe that a proffessional person with your background could have such a ridiculous opionion. My work with the humanitarian sector has seen first hand the war crimes being committed there.

  4. Sue says:

    My sincere apologies, I am really glad it was not you. Sue

  5. Pingback: For Liverpool - read the North East - Extracts from a blog by Richard Kemp - Gnoname's North East Councils' News

  6. Rory Gallacher says:

    I had to laugh at your suggestion about you wanting fat pupils in schools to have their own Physical Education lessons, because having to do PE lessons with thin pupils might make them feel bad.

    Mr Kemp, until this country rids ourselves of PC liberal types like you, we will never ever get back to the Great Britain we used to be. You and your ilk have been shoving PC down all our throats for long enough, so give it a rest. Please do something better with the position you hold in local government, and don’t come out with such pathetic ideas.

    Oh, am I allowed to say fat and thin, or is that not PC?!

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