Cllr Richard Kemp CBE is the Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Liverpool City Council and a former Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Local Government and Vice Chair of the Local Government Association. Cllr Kemp is the longest serving councillor in Liverpool and has held many posts in those 34 years both in control of the Council and opposition.
Cllr Kemp was for 9 years the LGA Spokesperson on International affairs and represented the UK at a Global level for local government. He currently is the Lib Dem Spokesperson at the LGA on Social Care and Health.
His national and international experience has led to many calls on him to speak at major conferences and to address Parliamentary Select Committees and All-Party Groups.
Outside council activity he is an adviser on governance in this country helping councils and parts of the NHS and internationally advising regional associations of councils on both their own governance and that of their member councils.
Before becoming a full time councillor in 2001 Cllr Kemp worked as an adviser on regeneration projects throughout the UK and also as a senior adviser to the Turkish Prime Ministry and to the Dutch Polders Authority. He used his experience as an inner city councillor to assist with development projects in places as diverse as Stoke, the Lake District and East London.
Richard is married to Erica Kemp who served alongside Richard for 23 years as a Councillor and was Lord Mayor of Liverpool 2014/2015. Between them they have 3 children and four grandchildren. They are the only couple in the UK to each have a CBE. They live within 200 yards of the famous Penny Lane and are proud of Liverpool’s Heritage in terms of culture and buildings.
Richard is a staunch defender of Liverpool’s World Heritage Status and a champion for high quality new buildings in the City.