Posts by Liam Byrne

Autumn Budget 2017: Letter to the Chancellor

by Liam Byrne | 21.11.17

Read here the letter Birmingham City Council leader Cllr Ian Ward has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of the 2017 Autumn Budget.

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Russian-backed political spending on Facebook advertising

by Liam Byrne | 26.10.17

I wrote to the Electoral Commission to ask if it is looking into concerns that Russian-backed adverts could have influenced millions of voters on Facebook ahead of the EU referendum and the last general election. It’s absolutely vital that social media giants come clean about foreign nations meddling in our debates. So it’s now time […]

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Growth is now faster in economically and politically ‘unfree’ nations

by Liam Byrne | 10.09.17 | in: Economics, Equality

One way to think about today’s ‘crisis of the West’ is to look at the economic growth rates in economically and politically ‘free’ versus ‘unfree’ nations. If you believe that economic and political freedom are linked (as I do), you would assume that free countries grow faster. For much of the post-war era that has indeed […]

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What are the causes of poverty and low income in Hodge Hill?

by Liam Byrne | 09.08.17 | in: Economics, Equality, Families and children, Hodge Hill

Our community is one of the poorest in Britain and over the summer I am updating my research into the causes of poverty and low income. I am looking for people to interview who have a household income of £13,000 a year or less. The telephone interview will be strictly confidential and will be undertaken […]

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Birmingham’s NHS short-changed by £56 million a year

by Liam Byrne | 17.07.17 | in: Public services

New figures produced by the House of Commons Library reveal that Birmingham’s National Health Service (NHS) is being short-changed by £56 million every year compared to other parts of the country – and the shortfall is set to rise to over £70 million by 2020. The figures which show how much the Birmingham NHS (known […]

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Tackling the Ivory Trade

by Liam Byrne | 12.07.17 | in: Foreign Policy

Recently, I received an email from a constituent who invited me to an International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) event next week on Tuesday. Unfortunately, due to prior parliamentary commitments, I will be unable to attend the event. Nonetheless as an animal lover myself, I find any act of animal cruelty revolting. The Ivory Trade, […]

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What is the Government doing to stop publication of extremist material on social media?

by Liam Byrne | 07.07.17 | in: Extremism

I submitted the following question to the Home Office asking for details of Government plans to stop the spread of extremist material through social media: “To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to introduce legislation on technology companies preventing the publication of extremist material.” I received the following […]

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How many convicted terrorists are scheduled for release from British Prisons?

by Liam Byrne | 07.07.17 | in: Extremism

I submitted the following question to the Ministry of Justice asking for details of the number of individuals convicted of terror-related offences due for release from UK prisons: “To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners in UK jails were convicted of offences under the Terrorism Act 2000; and how many of those […]

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How the Tories’ DUP deal compares to funding for the West Midlands

by Liam Byrne | 06.07.17 | in: Economics, Equality, Hodge Hill, Local Issues

The £1 billion deal Theresa May has struck with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is leaving the West Midlands massively short-changed.  I asked the House of Commons Library to dig into the figures and our analysis shows Northern Ireland will get £244 per head compared to £13 in the West Midlands – that’s more than […]

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