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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.

Let’s create a fairer Liverpool

One of the reasons that I joined the Liberal Party, as we were then, 54 years ago was because liberals believe passionately in internationalism and in true equality of opportunity. We don’t care about the colour of a person’s skin … Continue reading

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Why haven’t more Labour Councillors resigned?

On Tuesday a precedent was set which I hope will be followed by other Labour Councillors in Liverpool. Cllr Robertson-Collins resigned as Cabinet member for the Environment and Climate Change on Tuesday in protest at Labour’s plans for the Strand … Continue reading

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Liverpool’s need is a Lib Dem Lead

As I’ve listened to the discussions about the future of the City Council following the Caller Report I have been struck by how many people know what they are against. They are against the mayoralty, corruption, waste, incompetence, dodgy deals. … Continue reading

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Putting decency, honesty and transparency back into Liverpool Council

People have asked me recently on a number of occasions how I will put decency, honesty and transparency back in to our Council after the Caller report showed how much they are missing from our day to day work. I … Continue reading

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Labour’s Mayoral Candidate must come out of hiding

Last Monday I wrote ina very polite and courtesous way to Cllr Anderson to suggest to her two things: “Firstly, I think that you should apologise for all the scandals and corruption that the Labour Party have caused to the … Continue reading

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Liverpool Council must deal with the boring bits

If I was going out canvassing and opened my conversation with, “we’ve got some really exciting ideas about due process and governance which will transform our City”, I would be looked at with amazement which I would see in the … Continue reading

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What I’ll do within 10 minutes of becoming Mayor of Liverpool

Today my nomination papers have been submitted and I am officially the Lib Dem Mayoral Candidate for Liverpool. I am looking forward to the campaign although, because of Covid restrictions, it will be very different to any I have fought … Continue reading

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What did I know about Liverpool’s scandals?!

Since I became Leader of the Liverpool Lib Dems in 2012, I have received hundreds of tip offs by email about bad behaviour in the Council. Some days I get 6 or 7 and I have a number of regular … Continue reading

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The damning report that shows Liverpool to be the worst Council in England

This is my response on behalf of the Liberal Democrats to the publication of today’s Inspection Report by The Government. Liberal Democrats response following the publication of the Caller report into Liverpool City Council. Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Richard … Continue reading

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What should Liverpool expect from the Inspector’s Report?

Today is an important day in the life of Liverpool although we will only know how important next week. Today the Inspection team led by Max Caller is going to submit its report to the Government on the dreadful state … Continue reading

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