Ambitious for a World Class CityThe Liverpool Liberal Democrat Manifesto for the May 2018 Council Elections
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It's my team or Joe's!!
This manifesto contains an ambitious programme for our City but
based on ideas which are deliverable in times of financial constraint.
Over the past few months I and my team have knocked on literally
thousands of doors across the city I have been struck by the anger
that people have towards the Labour administration in the city much of
it directed specifically at Mayor Anderson. This is hardly surprising.
The elected Mayor has all the power in the city – every decision can
be traced back to his door.
Although he has all the power there is nowhere in the council system
where he can be held accountable to the Councillors and people of
Liverpool. We need a council that works for you, and with you.
Over the past 12 months we have seen financial, political and
managerial incompetence on a huge scale in Liverpool. Things are
now so bad that even the Mayor has recognised the problems and
sought outside help for financial support and leadership support from
the Local Government Association. You are paying for this lack of
competence and leadership.
● We have too many mayors, AND an expensive Police Commissioner
● Our City is littered with unfinished tower blocks because the
council was 7 years late in approving its development plan
● The World Heritage Status has been put at risk
● The Hope & Glory festival chaos has damaged our city's reputation
● The St John's Market fiasco has cost more than £1 Million
● Borrowing up by 63% in just 9 months for the Football Hubs
project with the FA and set to reach £1.14 Billion by 2020
● We can't even sell our own assets with a £1,000,000 sales tag for
land at China Town remaining unpaid.
But it doesn't have to be this way. That's is why the Lib Dem team
have worked up proposals to make our City one which can equal any
other city in the World.
Our Liberal Democrat Team will be fighting to produce a better system
of government which will be open and transparent and which will
ensure that we spend every single penny properly. We will fight to
retain our Country's membership of the EU and then again for
Liverpool's place in the World if the stupidity of the Government forces
us out. Our communications, in all ways, with the rest of the World will
grow in importance. We will build on the success of our universities
and successful business sectors such as tourism; bio-sciences and
green infrastructure. We will deal with the problems of a poor
education department and the inequalities which are still so obvious in
There are only two Parties that are really in the fight on May 3rd. You
can either back Joe Anderson's Candidates or my Liberal Democrat
Candidates. You can find details of all the Lib Dem candidates at
Every Lib Dem Councillor elected and every vote we receive will
strengthen our fight to bring good governance back to our City.
Please give us your support.
With best wishes,
Councillor Richard Kemp CBE,
Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Liverpool
We will abolish the post of elected
mayor,which has failed our city
Liberal Democrats will put a stop to
the current unaccountable and
secretive way of running the Council.
We want to see a new culture of
openness and transparency which
involves all the people of our City in
decision making and which lets them
know what the council is doing with their
Liberal Democrats will:
■ Seek to abolish the post of Elected
Mayor before the next mayoral
election in 2020.
Until that can be achieved, we will
ensure the current mayor is held
accountable to you.
■ We will create a Mayoral Select
Committee, chaired by the leader of
the main opposition party, at which
we can quiz the Elected Mayor and
top officials both against their own
performance and, in comparison to
our equivalent councils in the
Country's major cities.
■ We will institute a major reform of our
Select Committees by making half
their membership from special
interest groups within the community
with the power to table motions and
join with councillors in holding
Cabinet Members and officers to
■ We will establish a strategy to ensure
that Council and its staff are fully
representative of the balance in the
City for gender, race and faith.
■ Reintroduce oral questions to the
Mayor in Full Council and to Cabinet
Members in Select Committees.
■ Reform the senior management
structures of the Council to cut waste
and duplication and to recognise the
existence of the new level of City
Region Mayor and its staffing levels.
■ Ensure that every financial proposal,
including the Bramley Moore Stadium
deal, is subject to rigorous internal
and external scrutiny by
■ Ensure that the diary is publicly
produced for all meetings held by the
Mayor and Cabinet Members in
connection with the City and its
Council so that all Liverpool
residents know which individual
companies the Council is dealing
A City that it is well run, well governed and accountable
A city that provides decent housing for its citizens
A housing policy that prioritises the needs
of our city above the profits of developers
Too much of Liverpool's housing
policy has been based on gimmicks.
It relies on speculative City Centre
student flats and small apartments,
which are often sold off-plan to
This means that our young people have
been forced into poor quality
accommodation at high rents. Traditional
areas of terraced housing have been
emptied of owner occupiers or brought
by landlords who fail in their obligations.
Liverpool has enough brown-field
sites to build 70,000 new homes, yet
the council has encouraged developers
to build on green field sites against the
wishes of local communities.
Liberal Democrats will:
■ Ensure the rapid development for
private housing of the former
International Garden Festival site with
a mixture of outright sales; low cost
affordable housing and social
■ We will halt the development of further
student and small studio apartments
in the City Centre for which there is
already a proven oversupply.
■ We will encourage the development of
2 bedroomed flats and apartments
in the City's Southern areas to allow
movement from large, under occupied
houses to homes in people's long-
■ We will ban the development of
housing on parklands; green spaces
habitually used by the community and
land used for communal open-air
activities. We will support residents in
turning public green spaces into
“Town and Village Greens” to ensure
they are preserved for future
■ We seek to will end the council’s
controversial partnership with
■ Provide area-based regeneration of
selected terraced areas to ensure that
empty properties are brought back
into use and home ownership in an
orderly and inclusive way.
■ Support sustainability of existing
communities by ensuring the council
gets basic services right, and takes
swift action to tackle unsightly vacant
properties that can blight
Regardless of Brexit, we must
maintain Liverpool’s role
as a Premier European City
Liverpool as a confident global city
Liberal Democrats believe that the
best way that our city can prosper
and enhance our place in the world
is by retaining our membership of
If we cannot do that we must build on
other links both within Europe and
throughout the rest of the world to
market our City; our City Region and its
potential for trade, commerce,
educational and cultural links.
Liberal Democrats will:
■ Continuing to fight for the UK's
membership of the EU; the Single
Market and the Customs Union.
■ If we leave the European City we
will strive to keep our role as a major
European City intact and seek to
ensure Liverpool's place in Europe
by working within the City Region to
create a Liverpool Trading
Embassy in Brussels.
■ Outside the EU we will seek to use
our own multi-national communities
and the alumni groups of our
Universities to foster trading,
educational and cultural links
through these networks.
■ Seek to host major business;
political and government
conferences in our City to generate
a strong identity for the City
globally in all spheres
■ Capitalise on the tours and global
reach of our two football clubs and
the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic to
reach new audiences for our
businesses and to promote the
■ Seek to repair the damage caused
by property investment schemes to
Liverpool’s global reputation as a
safe place for people to invest
and do business.
A green, safe and pleasant city to live, work and play
Having a clean, green & safe
environment in which people can live
and bring up their children is a key way
of encouraging mental and physical
health. It will help us attract new
people and businesses to our City.
Liberal Democrats will encourage this by:
■ Introducing measures to permanently
safeguard our World Heritage
Status and use it as a base to
develop high quality urban design
■ Protecting our Parks and green
spaces by retaining their ownership
but wherever possible transferring
management to local non-profit
making companies led by local
residents and park users.
■ Scrapping the unwanted city centre
highway proposals at Lime Street and
the Strand and use the money
instead for junction improvements,
bus and cycle lanes and road
safety schemes throughout our City.
■ Working with public and private
landlords, public and commercial
landowners and individual home
owners to develop power generation
in the city to make us Carbon
Neutral by 2035.
■ Create on-street charging points in
district centres for electric vehicles.
We will also look for innovative ways
to enable residents in areas without
off street parking to switch to zero
emission electric cars.
■ Creating deliverable targets for air
quality improvement by
programmes targeting transport,
domestic and industrial pollution.
■ Reclaim our pavements and verges
as safe spaces from selfish drivers
■ Developing with owners and
managers of licensed premises the
'Ask for Angela' initiative to reduce
sexual violence and vulnerability.
■ Creating 'vertical farms' on disused
commercial land and properties to
promote the local production of
salads and fish.
■ Bringing back in-house the litter
enforcement officers currently
working for Kingdom and use them
firstly as educators and only secondly
■ Build on the provisions of our newly
established City Plan to develop each
neighbourhood to have accessible
and high quality public spaces in
properties which aspire to high
standards of thermal and noise
efficiency and durable design.
Protect our city’s green spaces from
development and improve our environment
Liverpool at one stage was at the
heart of global trade and our port
was one of the most important in the
Trade routes are important to us for
trade, commerce and tourism. Yet we
are at risk of becoming isolated.
Whilst our Port has been enhanced to
take all but the biggest 5% of ships, the
rail services that connect us to the rest
of the UK, and onward to Europe, are
creaking at the seams.
Liberal Democrats will:
■ Continuing to press for the building
of the final 20 miles of the High
Speed Rail network, to ensure that
Liverpool isn’t left behind.
■ We will work to ensure the capacity
freed up on the West Coast Main
Line by HS2 is utilised to improve
rail freight links from our city’s
ports to the rest of the country and
■ Campaigning for the development of
the main eastward rail routes out of
Liverpool, including HS3, to link us
with Manchester, Yorkshire and the
North East to assist trade, industry
commerce and tourism.
■ Working with Liverpool John Lennon
Airport and adding to their efforts to
increase capacity and routes served
both within Europe and further
■ Pressing for the development of a
heavy or light rail link to improve
access to our airport.
■ Upgrading and providing support
for Liverpool’s taxi drivers, and
others in the hospitality industry, to
act as a knowledgeable and
supportive front door to our City for
A City which is connected to the rest of the world
We will fight to ensure Liverpool
has the transport links we need
to thrive as a major trading city
Too many of our residents are in
poor, low paid jobs or in no jobs at
We still have housing needs that
must be addressed and too few of
the key public and private sector
decisions about our city are made
by people based many miles from
our city with minimal knowledge of
Liberal Democrats will:
■ Support local schemes such as the
Liverpool Pound and Independent
Liverpool to encourage more of our
residents to use local businesses
that keep their profits here and
recycle them into the community
rather than spirit them away in tax
■ Recreate the inward investment and
business support company,
Liverpool Vision as an
independent body working with the
Council to promote the City. In
consultation with the Regional
Mayor we will seek to extend it’s
remit to act as a City Region body.
■ Developing a localised peer to peer
lending mechanism which will
enable a low-cost method for local
people to invest in local businesses
■ Establishing a Graduate Enterprise
Centre to help staff and students
from our three Universities to
develop businesses to employ both
themselves and other workers in the
■ Review all the spending of the
Council and its agencies to ensure
the maximum spend within the City
for both revenue and capital
■ Providing marketing and logistical
support for credit unions. Helping
them to expand their reach and
protect local people from
exploitation by high interest
■ Re-establishing the City's food fares
as places for Liverpool owned and
led businesses in the food
manufacturing or retail sectors.
A city that can stand on its own two feet
The council must support and help grow
more of our own local businesses to
retain talent and profit within Liverpool
A City of Good Health and enhanced Life Expectancy
Liverpool has huge disparities of life
expectancy and healthy life
The difference in expected longevity
is up to 12 years in wards of the city
just 3 miles apart. 30% of our 11 year
olds are obese - 5% of them clinically
obese. Liverpool still has too many
smokers and drugs users.
There are not enough places for our
elderly, either when they come out of
hospital in the short term or when they
need long-term care towards the end of
Liberal Democrats will:
■ Create three new council run
residential homes for the elderly
to assist with the problems caused
by 'bed blocking'.
■ Working with supermarkets and food
retailers to promote healthy eating
and drinking, alongside
programmes in schools to educate
and support children and parents
into cost-effective eating actions.
■ Promoting 'a mile a day' walking
programme in every school in the
■ Using our new football hubs for
programmes involving 'walking
football' and other projects aimed at
encouraging older people or people
recovering from trauma or illness
into sport and physical recreation.
■ Working with Food Banks to
promote healthy eating choices as well
as subsistence and emergency foods.
■ Promote social prescribing
programmes to enable access to
therapeutic arts, sports and
■ Working with both private gyms and
council sports centres to encourage
taster courses to encourage more
people to take exercise.
■ Working with schools to understand
the extent of and develop
programmes to deal with 'period
■ Reviewing all bus and cycle lanes in
the city to upgrade them, make them
more relevant to today's traffic
patterns and helping people move
from cars to healthier forms of
We will create three new council run
residential homes for the elderly
The quality of education in Liverpool
has been in decline for the whole of
There has been little leadership of the
education service by politicians or the
council as a whole.
Too many of our city’s teachers and
head teachers are quitting, meaning
some of our children are being taught by
a different supply teacher every day.
We have slipped behind other cities in
terms of qualifications and the number of
young people who are not in
Employment, Education or Training.
Liberal Democrats will seek to remedy
these issues by:
■ Establishing a non-profit making
agency to provide and coordinate
the work of high quality and local
■ We will tackle the causes of the “brain
drain,” - giving our city’s teachers
the support that is currently
lacking from the council.
■ Working with Trades Unions and
schools to stop the drain of newly
qualified teachers leaving the
profession after a few years.
■ Working to provide a variety of
financial and other incentives for
young people to both stay on in
school and to commit better to the
education that they receive whilst in
■ Working to assist our libraries to
develop as learning hubs
encouraging the use of the written
word and subsequent oral language
activities in all their forms by people
of all ages.
■ Encouraging the development of a
'Liverpool Curriculum' to provide a
range of appropriate materials to
address the history of Liverpool and
its culture and localise the national
curriculum to help school leavers
have knowledge appropriate to the
■ Developing further links with
Liverpool's public and private
museums to develop a wider
understanding of the uniqueness of
Liverpool and our place in history by
school and university students.
A city which values education and learning
Liverpool is 'The world in one City'
but too often our multi-cultural
communities, both long standing and
new arrivals are not welcomed into
the city, and fail to deliver their full
potential in the development of our
World Class City.
Women are too often marginalised with
under-representation of Women in
public and private leadership positions
throughout the Liverpool City Region.
To rectify these imbalances the
Liberal Democrats will:
■ Develop a Women's Leadership
think tank composed of members of
the three main Parties; the Women's
Equality Party, the Women's
Leadership Group and women from
academic and business backgrounds
to work together on key issues
connected with the suppression of
women's talent and the creation of
■ Practical assistance methods to
assist women who have financial or
other difficulties connected with family
activities to attend courses and
programmes designed to enhance
their knowledge and capacity.
■ Diaspora by diaspora work to
recognise and develop the capacity of
people excluded from personal and
societal advancement by prejudice,
language or lack of knowledge.
■ Arts programmes which draw on the
huge variety of oral, musical and other
talents based on the former cultures of
our new Liverpool Citizens.
■ Working with our Universities,
colleges and schools to enhance
programmes designed to reskill
workers of all ages for new
opportunities in the jobs market.
■ Recognising the growing problems of
mental ill health, the Council will
produce a comprehensive strategy
to combat loneliness by pulling
together better use of the council's
assets such as parks and libraries
and working with voluntary groups.
■ Will work with major employers,
especially in the City Centre to
ensure that that people behind the
counters and serving customers are
representative of the ethnic and faith
mix of Liverpool as a whole.
■ Ensuring mobility for people using
wheelchairs and other mobility aids,
the Council will review all major
junctions on major shopping centres
and routes to stations and bus stops
to increase the number of marked
dropped disabled access crossings.
A City which recognises the potential of all our citizens
Develop and utilise the talents of all our residents
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