New Lord Mayor to be sworn in

Councillor Erica Kemp will be sworn in as the new Lord Mayor of Liverpool on Wednesday 11 June.

Councillor Kemp, who was born in Southend-on-Sea, has made Liverpool her home since moving here with her mother following the death of her father in 1962.

She said: “It is an honour and a privilege to be asked to take on the role of Lord Mayor of Liverpool.

“I am passionate and proud of this wonderful city and its rich mixture of people. I am hoping that this position will enable me to meet with as many of the wonderful Liverpudlians who make this city so special.

“I am also delighted that my younger daughter will be joining me on the momentous journey.

“I aim to not only raise money for some very worthy causes, but also to engage the local community in volunteering and making a difference to the area in which they live.

Erica, along with consort, daughter Rachel, will make up the first all-female mayoral team since 1997.

A qualified teacher, Councillor Kemp has taught at schools in Liverpool and Knowsley specialising in teaching children with learning and behavioural difficulties. She left the profession in 2002 to work in local government and is married to fellow Councillor Richard Kemp.

Her nominated charities are The Alzheimers Society, The County of Merseyside Branch of The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA), Teenage Cancer Trust and The Reader Organisation.