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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
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"      


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…


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…


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…


Power to our people: its time for radical…
Posted on: September 19, 2014
  Dear friends,   Today, Ed Miliband has taken the bold step of moving quickly to grant new powers to Scotland's people and to propose a UK Constitutional Convention "rooted in our nations and regions, to address the need for further…


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 Birmingham City Council announcement on the…
Posted on: September 17, 2014
  Dear friends,   A number of people have been in touch seeking my views in response to the City Council's announcement yesterday on the dire consequences of the financial situation which the City Council is facing.   My statement…


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…


Letter to Jeremy Hunt re. Health Centres in…
Posted on: September 12, 2014
Today, I attended a high-level meeting with   Cllr John Cotton, the Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board for the city of Birmingham to discuss the complete lack of progress in operationalising health centres. Not a single NHS official  turned out.…


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…


My letter to Nicky Morgan MP following meeting…
Posted on: September 12, 2014
Dear Nicky Park View Education Trust I met today with Adrian Packer, principal of Park View Education Trust and a representative group of parents met today, together with me, along with Pat Smart. Five issues were raised, and I would…


‘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…


Monthly Residents Meeting – Friday 12 September; 18:00…
Posted on: September 11, 2014
Dear friends, Please do join us at our next Resident's Meeting this Friday (12 September) evening from 18:00 - 19:00 at Small Heath Methodist Church, Blake Lane, B9 5QT. More details below, I look forward to seeing you there. With all…


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…


‘Giant HS2 yard is ‘battering’ east of the…
Posted on: September 8, 2014
  Dear friends,   I wanted to share the Birmingham Post's article from yesterday on my evidence session at the HS2 Bill Committee earlier last week.   Giant HS2 yard is 'battering' east of the city   Loss of Washwood…


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