However, he was first elected to the 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
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, cutting the council tax, improving services and attracting jobs and investment, while reducing the number of council employees by 5,000.
He was a central 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 council tax (until then the highest in the country), improving council services (previously the worst in England) and attracting jobs and investment.
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.
He lost his seat to 18-year-old Jake Morrison in 2011.
House of Lords
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. He was created Baron Storey, of Childwall in the City of Liverpool on 2 February 2011.
Storey is currently the Liberal Democrat education spokesman in the House of Lords and co-chair (alongside Simon Wright MP) of the party parliamentary education, families and young people committee. He was a party whip between 2010-14 and a member of the Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Committee in 2012-13. He speaks on education, regeneration and the arts.
Storey is also a member of the Regional Growth Fund independent advisory panel, a trustee of Mersyside think-tank, ExUrbe.
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 long-serving headteacher of Plantation Primary School, Halewood.
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