Mike Storey

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The Lord Storey
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Official portrait, 2022
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
2 February 2011
Life Peerage
Lord Mayor of Liverpool
In office
7 May 2009 – 25 May 2010
Preceded bySteve Rotheram
Succeeded byHazel Williams
Leader of Liverpool City Council
In office
7 May 1998 – 25 November 2005
Preceded byFrank Prendergast OBE
Succeeded byWarren Bradley
Liberal Democrat Group Leader
on Liverpool City Council
In office
2 May 1991 – 25 November 2005
Preceded bySir Trevor Jones
Succeeded byWarren Bradley
In office
10 June 2004 – 5 May 2011
Preceded byWard Created
Succeeded byJake Morrison
Majority1,791 (53.4%)
Liverpool City Councillor
for Church
In office
3 May 1984 – 10 June 2004
Preceded bySally Atherton
Succeeded byErica Kemp
Majority2,560 (64.2%)
Liverpool City Councillor
for Clubmoor
In office
12 April 1973 – 3 May 1984
Preceded byJ. F. Jones
Succeeded byW. Lafferty
Majority995 (19.6%)
Personal details
Born (1949-05-25) 25 May 1949 (age 74)
Political partyLiberal Democrats

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

He was City Councillor for the Liverpool ward of Wavertree from 2004 to 2011 and Leader of Liverpool City Council from 1998 to 2005.

He was first elected to the Council in 1973, and became the youngest Chair of Education in the history of Liverpool from 1980 to 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, 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.[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] In 2009 he was present, as Lord Mayor, at a ceremony organised by Sons of Confederate Veterans, allegedly a Neo-Confederate organisation at Toxteth Park Cemetery rededicating the grave of Irvine Bulloch[2]

He lost his seat to 18-year-old Jake Morrison in 2011.[3]

Lord Mayor[edit]

Storey served as Lord Mayor of Liverpool[4] for the Council session 2009–2010. He was preceded by Cllr Steve Rotheram 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.[5] He was created Baron Storey, of Childwall in the City of Liverpool on 2 February 2011.[6]

Storey is currently the Liberal Democrat education spokesman in the House of Lords and co-chair 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 and a trustee of Mersyside think-tank ExUrbe.


Storey was appointed an OBE for political services in 1994 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.


  1. ^ "Leader quits after 'plot' probe". BBC News. 25 November 2005.
  2. ^ "Liverpool deals with strong US-based Neo-Confederate links - CNN Video" – via edition.cnn.com.
  3. ^ "Teenage Labour candidate beats ex-Lib Dem leader". BBC News. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  4. ^ "The Lord Mayor". www.civichalls.liverpool.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 11 December 2007. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Latest peerages announced". GOV.UK.
  6. ^ "No. 59691". The London Gazette. 7 February 2011. p. 2053.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Prendergast
Leader of Liverpool City Council[1]
Succeeded by
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by Gentlemen
Baron Storey
Followed by
The Lord Stephen
  1. ^ "Leaders of Liverpool City Council Plaque". Liverpool Daily Post. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2010.