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Richard Kemp and Liverpool Lib Dems set up street stall outside Labour Conference

Knowing that there may be a lot of unhappy Labour members once the leadership result is announced, Richard Kemp and the Liverpool Liberal Democrats are setting up a stall outside Labour’s conference to offer them a home if they are feeling that their party has moved too far from them.

They will be outside the Liverpool Museum at the Pier Head between 11 am and 1pm.

They will be looking for people like Mark Robinson:

Good luck to them. You have to admire their nerve.

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Liberal Democrat success in Liverpool

I tend not to write pieces for political websites as I don’t consider myself a great writer and often shy away from the challenge.

However, I couldn’t resist an opportunity to talk about, and thank our many volunteers, for the excellent results we had in Liverpool on Thursday night and Friday morning.

First, a bit of context.  When I became Chair at the end of 2014, the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool were facing an enormous challenge.  Once the largest Lib Dem groups in Europe could soon face having just one councillor left with Erica Kemp CBE. As brilliant as she is, I’m sure she wouldn’t have enjoyed the council on her own.  So we put in place a strategy to identify a number of different wards where we could hold and finish a strong second – not just spread our resources too thinly across the city.  We decided that a huge door-knocking effort would be to key to success alongside lots of hard hitting leaflets.  The result was holding on to Richard Kemp CBE with an increased majority and a good result in our target wards going forward.

A year on, nearly 11,000 doors knocked and hundreds of thousands of leaflets delivered we have reaped the rewards of our strategy.

Richard Kemp secured 21.1% of the Mayoral vote (up from 6% previously), finishing second and cutting into the ‘gutter politics’ Labour Mayor’s vote, and finishing well above the Greens.

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Thanks Liverpool!

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My photo of the stage at the replica Cavern Club, The Beatles Story, Liverpool.

When we visit a city for a conference, it has a significant positive impact on the local economy of that area. Our arrival is very well flagged up in advance with posters and publicity. Then when we arrive everyone knows we’re there due to the extra security presence and hordes of…..well let’s just say unusual looking people with yellow badges and bundles of papers wandering around.

Much of the time during the conferencee, the representatives are charging around like blue-bottomed flies chasing to the next debate or meeting.

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++EXCLUSIVE++ REVEALED: Evidence of LDV editor skiving off essential constitutional minutiae

caron penny lane nickIt was clearly the duty of all hard-working members of the Liberal Democrat Voice team to be paying attention and taking notes at the constitutional consultative session yesterday afternoon at conference. The last conference decided to move to OMOV, one member one vote, whereby all party members have the right to attend and vote at conference. But there still remained the leg work – the hard yards – that had to be done, going through each line of the constitutional changes – line by line – to check the wording, semantics and punctuation. The meeting yesterday involved much pained discussion over commas, parentheses and potential tautologies.

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Two important deadlines for next week’s conference

Before the weekend is over, a couple of quick reminders about important deadlines to do with next week’s Conference in Liverpool.

I am ridiculously excited about heading back to Liverpool. I’ve been there twice before in my life. The first time was almost 30 years ago as a student. The second was in 2011 when me, my niece and my sister (who was the responsible adult accompanying us) went to see Paul McCartney perform on the very stage that Nick Clegg will be speaking on next weekend. No pressure on him, then. If you are interested, you can read all three gushing instalments of that trip on my own blog here.

Anyway, before I get myself caught up in a mellow spiral of nostalgia, down to business.

Amendments deadline

Should you want to submit an amendment to any of the motions, you need to do so by 1pm on Tuesday 10th March. You can submit it online here. You must also submit emergency motions by this deadline.

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Eddie Clein on ‘Falling off the Fence’, his memoir of six decades in Liverpool politics

falling off the fence eddie cleinEddie Clein, a long-standing former Lib Dem councillor and former Lord Mayor of Liverpool, has recently published his memoirs of his six decades’ involvement in the city’s politics – from his first win in 1969 through to his final defeat in 2012, aged 77. Here Eddie tells LDV a little more about his life and what the book covers…

As a key player in Liverpool’s Liberal Democrat administration (1998-2010), I thought it was important to place on record some of the party’s achievements and some of the

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Kiron Reid resigns from Lib Dems to run as independent police commissioner in Merseyside

Kiron Reid, three-times Lib Dem parliamentary candidate and a councillor in Liverpool for a decade, has resigned from the party to enable him to run for the post of Police and Crime Commissioner as an independent. He’s explained his decision in an open letter on his website:

It is with regret that I resign from the Liberal Democrats. I joined the Liberal Party in May 1987 and have been a member with the same membership number ever since. Despite the party’s current problems I did not want to leave and had no intention of falling out with the Party. But I believe that the post of Police and Crime Commissioner should not be party political. I have argued this internally for

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