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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.

Tony McGann – A great fighter for the people of his community

Today I attended the funeral procession, around the Eldonian Village that he created, of Tony McGann MBE. Tony was a fierce fighter for the people of what was Eldon Gardens. These were a set of three and four storey walk … Continue reading

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I salute our three new Citizens of Honour

Sometimes much of what we do as Councillors is just plain boring or worse. However, uniquely, this 24-hour period has presented me with two opportunities to recognise the work of three people who have made unique contributions to the City … Continue reading

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Labour scandals come along like buses in Liverpool

Just when it seemed that we might have got to the bottom of scandals which involve the Labour Party in Liverpool along comes another one. This time it involves inappropriate behaviour from Cabinet Member Abdul Qadir. Although he correctly gives … Continue reading

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The cost of living is a crisis for us all

The biggest set of concerns that are being relayed to me at the moment relate not to council problems but the problems of people having to cope with the daily grind of soaring inflation. Families who have always had enough … Continue reading

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In Liverpool we are doing the right things in the wrong order

Do you remember that incredibly funny sketch in a Morecambe and Wise programme with Andre Previn? Previn is trying to conduct an orchestra whilst Eric Morecambe plays the accompanying piano – terribly. When Previn challenges Morecambe, Ernie patiently explains to … Continue reading

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Liverpool Pride – Liverpool at its best

I had a wonderful time earlier today at the Liverpool Pride march and activities. As ever it was a heady mixture of fun, noise, extrovertist behaviour, fancy dress, and laughter. But we must never forget that it is not only … Continue reading

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Government asked about jailing of Grandma Wong, and Koo Sze-yiu, for participating in pro-democracy demonstrations and says “the Chinese Government …

Grandma WongLord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, has provided the following answer to your written … Government asked about jailing of Grandma Wong, and Koo Sze-yiu, for participating in pro-democracy demonstrations and says “the Chinese Government … Continue reading

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Another £111,000 of council taxpayers money down the drain

So, at 10.30 today the Mazars report on the Liverpool Council electricity purchasing debacle was published. I spent the afternoon yesterday talking about it although the Government only let the press see it in advance. However, I already knew enough … Continue reading

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Alder Hey Hospital and Springfield Park could make a UK leading combination

Earlier today I had a meeting with the Chair of the Alder Hey Trust, Dame Jo Williams and her Development Director. I did so because it seemed to me that relationships between the community and the Trust had broken down … Continue reading

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Liverpool needs a big plan with big ideas after a big conversation

I was quite depressed at the meeting of the Council last Wednesday. The Labour Party totally ignored the results of the flawed consultation that it had led and abolished the Elected Mayoralty, which is good, but introduced the least popular … Continue reading

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