Author Archives: richardkemp

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.

Why Westminster Corruption affects us all

So, the Police have been called in to examine the claims by a senior Tory MP that MPs are being systematically blackmailed to ensure that they support the Government in votes in the House of Commons. Let’s be clear this … Continue reading

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How, can and should Councils invest money?

I am writing this as news comes in that Warrington Council has become the second Council in England to lose a shed load of money by establishing a company, Together Energy’, to sell electricity. Apparently, the full amount is not … Continue reading

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At last – A chance to get rid of Liverpool’s Elected Mayor

Liberal Democrats have welcomed the change of heart by Liverpool Labour councillors who will now recommend to the meeting of the City Council that we begin a consultation process on the future of the Elected Mayoralty between March and May … Continue reading

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Now is the time for a bold decision on Oglet Shore and Liverpool Airport

The Liverpool Echo ran a story recently about the likelihood of Liverpool Airport expanding in light of the zoning within the Liverpool Plan for the Oglet Shore being made available for export expansion. I believe that such a decision would … Continue reading

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“Do as I say not do as I do” culture in Liverpool’s Labour Party

I believe that Liverpool Labour Party has the same, “Do as I say not as I do culture” as Boris Johnson’s Tory Party after an investigation which has shown that former Labour Cabinet members used a back door route to … Continue reading

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Climate Change and Liverpool – Lib Dems suggest action not words

Motions to Liverpool City Council – 26th January 2022 Liverpool has talked for long enough about the problems of climate change but has done very little about it. Our air quality is poor, our recycling rates dreadful, and our renewable … Continue reading

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Why the Waterloo Dock recommendation is a milestone for Liverpool

In the agenda for next week’s planning committee there is a recommendation from our chief planning officer that a planning application for the development of a bland and banal residential block on the river front at Waterloo Dock should be … Continue reading

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Unmitigated Greed of the Liverpool Commissioners and unmitigated stupidity by the Government

Today I have asked the House of Commons Select Committee that scrutinises the work of the department for Levelling Up and Housing to investigate the 50% increase in fees charged to the Council for the work of the Commissioners. Let … Continue reading

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The corona pandemic must become endemic

There’s been a lot of argument in the past few days about the corona pandemic i.e. acute, to becoming endemic i.e. something which continues to work at a low but containable level in our society. This is not a subject … Continue reading

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Jan 6th – A Day that shamed America and damaged the World

Until a few years ago I believed that we were, as a world, moving slowly but surely towards a society in which democracy was spreading and flourishing and that dictatorships were in retreat against the forces of enlightenment. Then Donald … Continue reading

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