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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.

Liverpool Labour never fail to underwhelm!!

Yesterday’s Council meeting was one in which Liverpool’s rag, tag and bobtail group of Labour Councillors never failed to underwhelm. On three occasions they totally failed to rise to the challenges faced by a Council which is absolutely the best … Continue reading

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Liverpool Labour sell the City short with pathetic response to the current political situation

Liberal Democrats will move an amendment to a motion by the acting Mayor at tonight’s Council Meeting describing it as a weedy and insignificant response from a Council in crisis. The amendment suggests that the Council must recognise the difficult … Continue reading

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Lib Dems call for May elections to be deferred

Liverpool’s Liberal Democrats have written to the Home Secretary asking for a two-month deferment of the elections due on 6 May to the first Thursday in July instead. In my letter I said “to have the elections on the current … Continue reading

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The stalled developments in Liverpool that will cost £billions to put right

In September last year I called for a task force to be established within the Council to look at the size and complexity of the stalled development scene in Liverpool. I also asked for a report under the ‘Councillor’s Right … Continue reading

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Ethical investment – greenwash or something that has real meaning

One of the things that I do that occupies a lot of my time but which I talk about rarely is to be the chair of LAMIT. This is the short version of the Local Authority Mutual Investment Trust. This … Continue reading

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Keir Starmer’s Labour Party rats out on European ideals

I wasn’t surprised but I was upset to hear Keir Starmer break with Labour’s General Election manifesto commitments and indeed the motions passed by the Labour Conference regarding Europe. Keir Starmer has abandoned the commitment of free movement in the EU, … Continue reading

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Council proposals will close St John’s Market for ever

Liverpool City Council never ceases to amaze me although by now I should be beyond surprise. This time it’s a proposal to levy rents and service charges for St John’s Market which will effectively close it for good. Since the … Continue reading

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We MUST make this lockdown work

I took my exercise yesterday, as I did in the first lockdown, walking around my Church Ward. I was surprised at how unlike the first lockdown it was. Allerton Road felt quieter than normal but much more business like than … Continue reading

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Why a Lib Dem ‘Mayor’ would be different for Liverpool

Since the demise of Joe Anderson, a number of people have challenged me to say why it would be different if I become the Mayor on May 6th. It will be very different because I will change the way that … Continue reading

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Joe Anderson will be like the Ghost of Christmas Past in the Council

Today’s announcement by Mr Anderson brings further shame to our City. He won’t resign but he won’t do anything either! He should have resigned when it became clear that the investigation in which has been arrested but not charged will … Continue reading

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