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Statement on HEPI research on student migration –…
Posted on: June 25, 2015
  Dear friends,   Today HEPI has released the findings of it's recent survey of students' attitudes towards studying alongside international students.   Here's my statement in response:   "If we want to lead the world in science, research and…


Constituency News
Labour Leadership and Deputy Leadership Hustings come to…
Posted on: June 26, 2015
  Dear friends,   In just a couple of months’ time we will be casting our votes for the next Leader and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.   Before voting opens, our Leadership and Deputy Leadership candidates are being…


Science and Research – Westminster Hall Debate –…
Posted on: June 25, 2015
  Dear friends,   I thought you would be interested to read the transcript of an interesting debate on 'Science and Research in the regional economies' that I took part in yesterday in Westminster Hall.   Liam     Westminster…


Byrne secures Ministerial assurances on HS2 Washwood Heath…
Posted on: June 23, 2015
News from Liam Byrne MP Immediate Release                                                              23 June 2015   Byrne secures Ministerial assurances on HS2 Washwood Heath site   Liam Byrne MP has welcomed Minister Robert Goodwill MP’s offer to meet with him and HS2 officials to discuss…


Statement on Prof Wolf’s report on the Funding…
Posted on: June 24, 2015
    Dear all,   Following the publication this morning of the report by Professor Baroness Alison Wolf: ‘Heading for the precipice: can further and higher education funding policies be sustained?’ which raises serious concerns about the funding of FE,…


Campaigning this week – 13 April 2015
Posted on: April 13, 2015
Dear friends,   Here are the opportunities to get involved in our local campaigns this week. Here is where I and the team will be:   Today (Tuesday 14th April): 16:30 - 18:30 The team and I will be out…


Re-shaping the radical centre – lessons from the…
Posted on: June 15, 2015
  Dear friends,   You may have seen my piece in the Sunday Times yesterday on lessons for the Labour Party from this year's election. You can read it here or below:  (£): http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/article1568686.ece     You can access a set of…


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…


Liam Byrne MP statement on Tory plans to…
Posted on: June 12, 2015
  Dear friends,   You may have seen the report by the BBC's Newsnight last night on Tory plans to cut student maintenance grants. This is deeply troubling. You can read the full story on the BBC News website here:…


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 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…


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.  …


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…


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…


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…


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…


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