My letter to the Foreign Secretary on Bedouin village in Israel facing demolition

I write to you on behalf of my constituents who have raised the issue of the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in the South of Israel which is facing demolition to make way for new settlements. This is a huge concern to me, and to my constituents. A basic injustice is being done. We must […]

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November 29th, 2016

Community Pharmacy cuts

Community pharmacies offer a very important service to their local communities, particularly to the elderly, the disabled and those with long term illnesses. Pharmacies also provide vital services to support over-stretched GP surgeries and hospitals. They have a special place in our communities. Despite this, the Government will be pushing ahead with huge cuts to […]

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November 28th, 2016

Higher Education and Research Bill

It is my view and that of the Labour Party that there are substantial parts of the Bill which need radical improvement. As such we outright reject particular parts of this Bill. This Bill produces 20th Century answers to the problems faced in the 21st Century. It is based on market-led ideology and not reflecting […]

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November 28th, 2016

Calais

The situation in Calais was a dreadful one. These were real people fleeing war and economic devastation, who were living in appalling conditions. In the absence of any effective government action, they were at the mercy of people smugglers and criminal gangs. I believe we in Britain are a caring and compassionate country and that […]

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November 28th, 2016

Disability Equality Training Bill

When 42% of assistance dog users are refused a taxi service. There is a big problem. That is why training is absolutely crucial. This is an issue that affect many in the country and many in Hodge Hill. I support this Bill which will take steps to provide vital training to taxi drivers and mini-cab […]

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November 28th, 2016

Policy response to Centenary of Balfour Declaration debate

Britain and Israel have an enduring relationship shaped by our historical ties, bilateral trade, security cooperation and the values of freedom and tolerance we share. It was the British Labour party that led the way in supporting the right of the Jewish people to have a homeland in Palestine. Three months prior to the adoption […]

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November 28th, 2016

Policy responses to constituents regarding the Homelessness Reduction Bill

The Homelessness Reduction Bill is a Bill that I support, that the Labour Party supports as it makes strides towards addressing the plight of the thousands of people facing homelessness across the country. In Birmingham alone there are currently over 3,524 cases of households who are statutory homelessness and in priority need of assistance, which […]

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November 15th, 2016

New research from Liam Byrne reveals the “staggering” scale of “everyday” Islamophobia

New research conducted by Liam Byrne reveals the “staggering” scale of Islamophobia.  The research pulls together extensive surveys of his Hodge Hill constituents’ experience of Islamophobia over the last year. Launching his new report at the House of Lords today, Mr Byrne said: ‘Britain is now facing a shocking rise in Islamophobia and as a country […]

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November 2nd, 2016

West Midlands Police Statement on the conviction of Allan Richards

Below is the West Midlands Police statement released earlier today regarding the conviction of Allan Richards. Former West Midlands Police officer convicted of child sex offences A former West Midlands Police officer has been convicted of dozens of sex offences against children over a 38 year period, the majority of which were committed while he […]

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October 21st, 2016

Statement on the conviction of Allan Richards

Following the conviction of Allan Richards, MP Liam Byrne said: “Justice has been finally done for the victims of Allan Richards – but it should never have taken this long. I salute the incredible bravery of all those who came forward to make sure this man is now where he belongs – behind bars, I […]

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October 21st, 2016