Richard Kemp has been a Party member since 1977 and a member of Liverpool City Council for 37 years where he is the longest serving member of the Council. He is currently the Leader of the Opposition and Liberal Democrat Group on the Council. He has held a wide variety of posts in both opposition and control of the Council.
Richard was last returned to Liverpool Council in 2019 with more than 60% of the vote in his Church Ward.
For 8 years Richard was the Vice Chair of the Local Government Association and Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Local Government. He has held several posts in the LGA where he is the longest serving office holder. He is currently deputy chair and Lib Dem spokesperson on the Community Wellbeing Board which covers health and social care.
For 10 years Cllr Kemp was the UK representative on United Cities & Local Government which is the global body for local government. He helped reunite the pan African body for local government, UCLGA, when it split on language and personality lines and still advises them on governance issues.
Outside politics he is married to Erica who served as a Councillor for 23 years and was Lord Mayor of Liverpool. He has 3 children and five grandchildren who keep him fairly occupied!
Living close to the World-famous Penny Lane, which is part of his ward he is proud to be a champion of both the Liberal Democrat Party and his beloved city of Liverpool.