Author Archives: Richard Kemp

Cllr Richard Kemp writes… RIP Sir Trevor Jones

 

Sir Trevor Jones
Sir Trevor Jones died on 8th September in hospital in Chester. He was an inspiration to a generation (and more) of Liberal and then Liberal Democrat activists after he saved the Party from a near death experience in the 1970 General Election. This Welsh descended scouser linked his deep liberal traditions and principles to the marketing techniques which had led him from being a seaman to owning the biggest and oldest ships chandlers in Liverpool.

He was the second Liberal councillor in Liverpool and worked with Cyril Carr to take control of the Council in 1973. He joined because his business was going to be razed to the ground to build a inner city ring road. Not only would his business be affected Bur scores of others I a city which even in the 60s was desperate for jobs.

Liverpool was the first major council to be Liberal controlled for more than 40 years. He never forgot his antipathy to demolition and as Chair of the Housing Committee produced his “Big Thick Book” a proposal to end the demolition of communities which would have brought the end to all but 5,000 terraced homes in the city by 1995. Instead the BTB produced the biggest housing renewal programme in the Country and subsequently the biggest housing cooperative programme in Western Europe.

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The Local Government slot: winning with localism

It’s very possible to get a bit glum at the moment isn’t it? All the talk is about cuts and the health service reforms with our opponents blithely ignoring the facts that they were a principal cause of the deficits and that they would have had to deal with the growing problems of the NHS.

So when I am down a bit I think of the many good things that have been done by this government and work out how I can take full advantage of them both politically and for my community.

Chief amongst these is the continued drive for localism. …

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Opinion: Planet Earth to Grayson

Oh Dear, oh dear. I have just read Richard Grayson’s Observer article and to say it is lacking in reflection and analysis is an understatement.

I touched on this on my own blog site yesterday but perhaps I could expand a little.

Ed Milliband was a supporter then a member of a highly illiberal government. Let’s not forget how bad the Labour Government was when it:

  • Entered into an illegal war in Iraq
  • Allowed the banking crisis to fester in spite of warnings
  • Developed expensive bureaucracies to deal with problems
  • Allowed the social housing stock to decrease by 37,500 in their time in government
  • Attacked

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Richard Kemp writes… We can’t go on like this

My comments at the Lib Dem Conference that we need to strike a new balance between the parliamentary and councillor wings of the party has clearly struck a chord with councillors.

The immediate reason for my outburst was the way that the police debate had been approached by the Parliamentary Group – well, to be fair, we should not blame them all too much. This paper was discussed under ‘any other business’ at a shadow cabinet meeting. Most MPs had not seen it until the week before conference. Although conference delegates had seen the resolution when the agenda was published, …

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  • User AvatarDavid Evershed 26th Apr - 1:10am
    Surely the big news is Tim's new haircut shown in the picture?
  • User AvatarHywel 26th Apr - 12:00am
    I like the comment about it not being fair. Kind of tempted to say (a la Peep Show) 'Welcome to big school'. Political campaigns aren't...
  • User AvatarKatharine Pindar 25th Apr - 11:55pm
    To me, Christian values and Liberal Democrat values are very much in sync, since both emphasise the rights of individuals to flourish, and that we...
  • User AvatarPeter Watson 25th Apr - 11:34pm
    @David Becket "can we have the view of the Vicar’s Daughter" Why is the job of Theresa May's father relevant? Tim Farron's and Theresa May's...
  • User AvatarDJ 25th Apr - 11:25pm
    The Last Leg, although not the most serious of shows, had one comment on Tim's voting record and several jokes or other about sin. What...
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 25th Apr - 11:12pm
    This is very good, thanks Paul. Have just read about Christine, a fine councillor by the articles I read, and elected unopposed due to her...