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Statement on Education Committee report on apprenticeships and…
Posted on: March 9, 2015
The House of Commons Education Committee has produced a major report on the government's record on apprenticeships and traineeships for 16-19 year olds. The report shows that not enough teenagers are taking up apprenticeships and that among 16 to 19…


Constituency News
My statement on today’s Ofsted reports on Park…
Posted on: March 24, 2015
  Dear friends,   You may have seen that Ofsted has brought out new reports today, including ones into Park View and Nansen Primary School.   You can see my statement in response here below: “I welcome today’s Ofsted report…


Labour will reduce tuition fees from £9,000 to…
Posted on: February 27, 2015
Earlier today Ed Miliband announced Labour’s fully funded plan to reduce tuition fees at English universities to £6,000 from September 2016. Both Ed Miliband and I know that Britain needs a higher education system that's fit for the future. Our…


Unemployment figures – March 2015
Posted on: March 19, 2015
Dear Friends, I thought I would share with you some figures from the House of Commons Library on unemployment in Hodge Hill.  The total number of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants in Birmingham, Hodge Hill constituency in February 2015 was 4,461. This…


Statement on BIS skills funding letter
Posted on: February 26, 2015
Today the Department for Business Innovation & Skills published its skills funding letter, which sets out the funding priorities and available budget for the further education (FE) and skills sector for the 2015 to 2016 financial year. In response to…


Statement on Education Select Committee – Extremism in…
Posted on: March 18, 2015
Dear friends,   Yesterday the House of Commons Education Select Committee published a report entitled: "Extremism in schools: the Trojan Horse affair" criticising the response of the Department for Education and Ofsted to the so-called 'Trojan Horse Affair' last year.  …


Statement on Public Accounts Committee report on private…
Posted on: February 24, 2015
Today the Public Accounts Committee published its report on 'Financial support for students at alternative higher education providers'. The full report is available here. Commenting on the report Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills said: “These…


Parkfield Community School design Hodge Hill Flag for…
Posted on: March 6, 2015
  Dear friends,   Early last year Parkfield Community School won my first ever Hodge Hill School award for their amazing work helping redesign the nearby old tyre park into an innovative new fitness area. As the winners, I nominated…


Building the British ‘Dual System’ – my speech…
Posted on: February 12, 2015
“Building the British ‘Dual System’” A speech to the 2015 Skills Summit by Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Minister for Universities, Science & Skills Westminster Central Hall, 12th February 2015   It’s a great pleasure to join you at the last…


Follow up letter to Residents Meeting on 28th…
Posted on: March 4, 2015
Dear Friend, A huge thank you to everyone who came along to my residents’ meeting the other Saturday, together with Cllrs Ansar Ali Khan and Mohammed Idress, or returned a survey. As promised, I am writing with a summary of…


Discussing ‘The Good Economy’ with Archbishop Justin Welby
Posted on: February 5, 2015
Last night saw the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby give a keynote speech exploring how to re-connect wealth creation and social justice.  The speech was delivered at an event hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Inclusive Growth, chaired…


What’s on in Hodge Hill from Active Parks…
Posted on: March 4, 2015
  Dear friends,   I wanted to let you know about some great new activities that are available in Hodge Hill thanks to the Council's Active Parks:    


Visit to the Crossrail Site
Posted on: February 2, 2015
I was incredibly impressed to see the amazing progress of the Crossrail tunneling project under Tottenham Court Road when I was shown around by Crossrail Chairman Terry Morgan. It was also great to hear about the Crossrail academy which is…


My visit to Palestine – 2015
Posted on: February 26, 2015
  Dear friends,   I wanted to share with you the report of my visit to Palestine earlier this year. Click on the image below to see it full size.       With all best wishes Liam Byrne  


Statement on Universities UK Letter to the Times…
Posted on: February 1, 2015
  Commenting on the letter from Universities UK (UUK) to the Times newspaper, Labour's Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills Liam Byrne MP said:      "The Tory-led government trebled fees and now it is crystal clear that the student…


Progress at last – Letter from Nicky Morgan…
Posted on: February 25, 2015
  Dear friends,   I wanted to share with you the letter I have received from Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education, earlier this week.   You read the letter below (click on the letter for larger image).  …


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