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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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[PETITION] Save the Rohingya Muslims of Burma

by Harry Kind | 19.09.17 | in: Featured

The events in Burma have shocked lots of us in Birmingham – so this week 157 MPs came together in Parliament behind a letter to Boris Johnson, coordinated by Rushanara Ali MP, demanding pressure on the Burmese government to stop the violence and start the humanitarian relief. You can find the letter here. But to reinforce our […]

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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 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 as Birmingham […]

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