Socialist. Trade Unionist. Loyal party member. Accessible community representative. These are some of the qualities that many of us like to see in our Labour councillors. All are attributes possessed in abundance by Brian Kenny.
Brian’s own journey in the Labour Party has been a long one. Almost half a century in fact.
Have the years of service led to a weariness and disenfranchisement? Not at all. Quite the opposite as it happens. He is still known for his unique effervescence and enthusiasm within the Labour group.
Brian’s first taste of political engagement goes all the way back to 1970 with the CWU. 50 years later, he remains very much a full-time trade unionist with no signs of slowing down!
The cross over between trade union and Labour Party activity is well-known, and something Brian quickly discovered.
“After being a full-time trade unionist for a couple of years, I realised that to get real benefits for working people, you need to have a ‘political voice.’ My Dad told me when I was young that ‘The only Party interested in working people is the Labour Party.’ With that in mind, I joined in 1972 and have been active ever since.”
It is the community activity that Brian has become well-known for over the years, routinely helping residents with housing issues, tackling antisocial behaviour, helping to improve public facilities and instigating community litter picks and environmental initiatives. You can guarantee that if there’s an issue locally, Brian will be on hand to stand up for local residents.
But it isn’t just in Bidston where Brian’s tireless work can be seen. His campaigns against the Tories’ bedroom tax and Universal Credit gathered support from across the Labour movement on the Wirral.
At the 2018 Labour Northwest Conference, Brian successfully moved a motion calling for the S*n newspaper to be boycotted at Labour events following its coverage of the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster.
Serving on the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Brian has also campaigned against cuts to our local fire service.
Whether it’s in Councillor surgeries, in the Council chamber, or out on the streets of Bidston, Beechwood or Ballantyne, it is impossible to deny that Brian’s commitment to representing local residents, CWU members and the Borough as a whole across a range of issues.
Nationally, Brian remains entirely committed to the cause – “Despite the heartbreaking defeat in the General Election, I’m determined to help bring about a Labour Government as soon as possible. We live and work in a very unfair and unjust world, and I am determined to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity, respect and fairness.
I have seen how Tory policies have hit hard against decent, ordinary working people. I want to continue to expose these policies and fight for fairness and justice for everyone regardless of their age, gender, colour, income or religion.”
When he isn’t being Councillor Kenny, Brian is a very keen football fan, and has been an Everton season ticket holder since the 1962/63 season.
He also enjoys music, in particular Bruce Springsteen (who he has seen live a staggering 97 times). As a long-serving Councillor, perhaps it was the Boss himself that told Brian he was ‘Born To Run.’
Brian also enjoys keeping fit, going to the gym and competing in Marathons, going as far as New York to do so!
To contact Councillor Brian Kenny with any concerns big or small, email firstname.lastname@example.org