Mike Storey

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Lord Storey in 2013

Mike Storey, Baron Storey CBE (born 25 May 1949) is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He is currently the party spokesman on education, families and young people in the House of Lords.

He was councillor for the Liverpool district of Wavertree from 2004–2011 and Leader of Liverpool City Council from 1998-2005.

He was first elected to the city council in 1973, and became the youngest Chair of Education in the history of Liverpool from 1980–1983, during which time he was also Deputy Leader of the Council under Sir Trevor Jones.

Leader of the Council[edit]

In 1998 the Liberal Democrats gained control of Liverpool City Council and Storey became Council Leader. He aimed to set about rebuilding the city's reputation, by cutting the council tax, attempting to improve services and trying to attract jobs and investment, while reducing the number of council employees by 5,000.

He was part of Liverpool's successful bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2008 and was widely credited with transforming the City and Council's reputation by cutting the council tax (until then the highest in the country), improving council services (previously the worst in England) and attracting jobs and investment.[citation needed]

He resigned as Council Leader on 25 November 2005 after being found to have breached the members' code of conduct, following the disclosure of correspondence with former Council media chief, Matt Finnegan, which appeared to show the two men seeking to pressure the departure of then Chief Executive, Sir David Henshaw.[1]

He lost his seat to 18 year old Jake Morrison in 2011.[2]

Lord Mayor[edit]

Storey served as Lord Mayor of Liverpool[3] for the Council session 2009-2010. He was preceded by Cllr Steve Rotherham and succeeded by Cllr Hazel Williams.

House of Lords[edit]

On 19 November 2010, it was announced that Storey would be created a life peer and will sit as a Liberal Democrat in the House of Lords.[4] He was created Baron Storey, of Childwall in the City of Liverpool on 2 February 2011.[5]

Storey is a party whip and co-chair of the parliamentary party education committee. He speaks on education, regeneration and the arts.


Storey was awarded an OBE for political services in 1992 and a CBE for services to regeneration in 2002. He is a retired primary school teacher and formerly head of a primary school in Halewood.

Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Prendergast
Leader of Liverpool City Council[6]
Succeeded by
Warren Bradley


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