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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…


Constituency News
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).  …


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…


East Birmingham Growth Prospectus – 24 February 2015
Posted on: February 24, 2015
  Dear friends, I wanted to share with you a copy of the East Birmingham Growth Prospectus which I launched this morning.    This is the biggest plan for jobs in East Birmingham we've ever had. It was hard fought.…


Statement on Public Accounts Committee report on private…
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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…


Birmingham Labour sets out bold plans for 9,000…
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  Birmingham Labour sets out bold plans for 9,000 jobs in East Birmingham   The City Council’s East Birmingham Growth Prospectus, backed by a new plan for the old LDV-Alstom marshalling yard, and £1 million skills investment by the government…


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…


Constituency Wide Residents Meeting on the NHS –…
Posted on: February 10, 2015
Dear friends,   Many of you will have read, in my Winter Newsletter, about the three constituency wide residents meeting that I am holding between now and the election in May. They’re on the 3 big issues residents tell me…


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…


Statement from Monitor on Heart of England NHS…
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Press release from Monitor, Thursday 5th Feb 2015: Monitor secures extra help for Heart of England to improve services and strengthen leadership An experienced former NHS chief executive will help Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust to improve its services…


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…


Byrne demands summit with NHS chief – 3…
Posted on: February 3, 2015
  News from Liam Byrne MP   Liam Byrne has today demanded talks with NHS chiefs to stop East Birmingham health services falling into crisis.   The move comes as health service regulator Monitor insists on further steps to ensure…


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…


Birmingham schools debated in House of Commons –…
Posted on: January 29, 2015
  Here's the Council's response to the Secretary of States' statement in the House of Commons which I talked about in my last post:   'Cllr Brigid Jones said: "Birmingham City Council has been calling for some time now for…


Press coverage of my A13 trip – urging…
Posted on: January 28, 2015
  Dear Friends Last week I had the pleasure of getting out on the road (motoring down the A13) to meet young people and talk about their aspirations for the future.   It was an invigorating trip and hopefully, with…


Birmingham Schools debated in House of Commons –…
Posted on: January 29, 2015
  Dear Friends The House of Commons heard an update from the Secretary of State for Education on progress in implementing the recommendations contained in Peter Clarke’s report on Birmingham schools. I was present to represent the parents and schools of…


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