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Government u-turn on Disabled Students Allowance
Posted on: September 12, 2014
Over the last few months, I have been joined by NUS, CaSE and numerous MPs including Kate Green and David Blunkett, in campaigning against the government's plans to axe vital support for disabled students. We launched a viral twitter campaign,…


Constituency News
Statement on Nicky Morgan’s appearance at the Education…
Posted on: October 15, 2014
  Dear all,   Please find below a statement from Liam Byrne MP.   Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, has been giving evidence at the Education Select Committee (#edselctte) this morning on problems in Birmingham schools. The questions covered the…


Students need less coalition squabbling and more answers
Posted on: September 11, 2014
Once again, this Government is plagued by utter confusion and huge divisions between the Liberal Democrats and Tories when it comes to higher education. This morning at parliamentary questions, I asked Nick Boles, the Minister of State for Skills and…


OfSTED note on Birmingham Schools – 14 October…
Posted on: October 14, 2014
Dear friends,   Please see below for copies of Ofsted's note to the Department for Education which has been released this morning. They relate to a number of inspections which happened at the beginning of the school term in early…


Greg Clark gets it wrong on international students
Posted on: September 10, 2014
Last night, Greg Clark made his first major speech on higher education to the UniversitiesUK annual conference. Addressing an audience of HE enthusiasts, think-tanks and Vice-Chancellors, he refused to back the many sensible calls to remove students from the net…


Statement on Ofsted’s note on Birmingham Schools –…
Posted on: October 14, 2014
  Dear friends,   In response to Ofsted's note, published today, on Birmingham Schools I have issued the following statement?   “This is incredibly frustrating for the parents I’ve been working with non-stop since the summer.   They are being…


Responses to ‘Robbins Rebooted’ – 28 August 2014
Posted on: August 28, 2014
  Dear friends,   I've been delighted by the response to my pamphlet, ‘Robbins Rebooted’, where I set out the terms for a 21st Century debate on the future of higher education. Below is a short selection of responses so…


Statement on Palestine vote
Posted on: October 10, 2014
Dear friends, Please find below a letter to all those constituents who have contacted me about the debate on Palestinian Statehood taking place on the 13th of October. Letter on Palestinian Statehood    


Liam Byrne publishes ‘Robbins Rebooted’ – laying out…
Posted on: August 28, 2014
  Dear friends,   Today the Social Market Foundation (SMF) has published my pamphlet entitled 'Robbins Rebooted'.   You can view an electronic version of the pamphlet here.   In it I set out options for reform of Britain's universities to…


Press Release: Liam Byrne condemns George Osborne’s attack…
Posted on: October 1, 2014
Press Release: Liam Byrne condemns George Osborne's attack on Birmingham's children Tuesday 30th September     Liam Byrne today condemned George Osborne's attack on Birmingham's children as the politics of 'you're on your own'.   George Osborne's freeze of working…


My question to the Prime Minister on civilian…
Posted on: July 21, 2014
  Dear friends,   Today in the chamber I pressed the Prime Minister on what he and the Government are doing to stop the deaths of civilians in Gaza. You can see my question and his response below:   Mr…


Statement on news of National College for High…
Posted on: September 30, 2014
  Dear friends,   I am delighted to share with you the news that the Government has today confirmed that both Birmingham and Doncaster will jointly host the new National College for High Speed Rail. This college will train the rail…


‘The market is failing – we need a…
Posted on: July 17, 2014
  Dear friends,     Earlier this week I became Chair of the APPG on Inclusive Growth at the group's inaugural meeting.     To mark the occasion I have written a piece for the Evening Standard which was published this…


My letter to Sir Albert Bore: “Power to…
Posted on: September 19, 2014
  Dear friends,   Please see below my letter to City Council Leader Sir Albert Bore, dated today, entitled "Power to our people: A Birmingham Constitutional Convention"      


My letter to constituents and to William Hague…
Posted on: July 14, 2014
  Dear friends,   Please find below a letter to all those constituents who have contacted me about the terrible scenes unfolding in Gaza Below this you can see the letter I have written today to the Foreign Secretary William…


My letter to Hodge Hill residents: what is…
Posted on: September 19, 2014
  Dear friends   What should be Westminster's vow to Birmingham?   I've spent this week in Glasgow campaigning to keep our country together. I passionately believe that the challenges we have in Hodge Hill are easier to solve if…


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