Posts in the category of: COA

The first ever manifesto for children of alcoholics

by Liam Byrne | 14.02.17 | in: COA

Today sees the launch of the first ever manifesto for children of alcoholics at the House of Commons. The hard-hitting manifesto, published to coincide with International Children of Alcoholics Week, sets out a 10-point plan to help Britain’s 2.6 million innocent victims of drink – the children of hard-drinking parents. It is co-written by children […]

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BBC Newsbeat coverage of #IAmCOA

by Liam Byrne | 07.03.16

Dear friends, In case you missed it, I wanted to share with you some of the BBC Newsbeat coverage on children of alcoholics. BBC Newsbeat were very kind to cover our campaign launch here in Parliament. Newsbeat were contacted by so many people during the coverage of the campaign launch that they decided to run […]

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NACOA David Stafford Annual Lecture – Audio Clip

by Liam Byrne | 17.02.16

Dear friends, On Monday 15th February I gave the annual NACOA David Stafford Annual Lecture in the Houses of Parliament. You can listen to my speech here. With all good wishes. Liam

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Interview with Lorraine Show as part of COA Week

by Liam Byrne | 16.02.16

Dear friends, This morning I featured in a piece on the Lorraine Show on ITV talking about our campaign to support Children of Alcoholics. You can watch the piece which includes an interview with Calum Best sharing his story about life as the child of an alcoholic on my Facebook page here. All the best, […]

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The Parliamentary Campaign to Support Britain’s 2.5 million innocent victims of alcohol

by Liam Byrne | 15.02.16

  Dear friends,   This evening I have the great honour and privilege of giving the annual NACOA David Stafford lecture here in Portcullis House in Parliament. You can read the text of my speech here below or by clicking here.   Last week, the All Party Group on Children of Alcoholics published ground-breaking research […]

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David Stafford NACOA Lecture – 15th Feb 2016

by Liam Byrne | 15.02.16

  Dear friends,   This evening I have the great honour and privilege of giving the annual NACOA David Stafford lecture here in Portcullis House in Parliament.   You can read the text of my speech here below or by clicking here.   With all best wishes   Liam   Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP […]

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BBC Breakfast interview on campaign to support children of alcoholics

by Liam Byrne | 08.02.16

Dear friends, Today I was interviewed on BBC Breakfast as part of the cross-party campaign to support the children of alcoholics. You can watch the interview here:     You might also want to check out the report BBC Breakfast did here: Most local councils don’t have any special services to support children of alcoholics […]

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Break the Silence to Break the Cycle – Parliamentary Campaign for support for Children of Alcoholics

by Liam Byrne | 08.02.16

Dear friends, Today we launched a cross-party campaign in Parliament for support for children of alcoholics, as new FOI data from across England reveals that no local authority has a specific plan to help Britain’s 2.5 million innocent victims of alcohol. Alcohol harm is Britain’s 3rd biggest public health risk after obesity and smoking – and […]

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My name is Liam and my father was an alcoholic

by Liam Byrne | 30.11.15

Last week I made the hardest speech I have given in the House of Commons. I got up and talked about my life as the child of an alcoholic. My father, Dermot, was an extraordinary guy. The son of Irish immigrants, he was bright, charismatic and chippy. He battered his way into grammar school and […]

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