Posts in the category of: Economics

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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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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A new agenda for inclusive growth

by Liam Byrne | 21.06.17 | in: Economics

A simple truth is now clear in economics. Policymakers and politicians know how to globalise, but we do not know how to make globalisation work for the majority of voters. And today we see the consequences of this in referenda and elections around the world. Inequality in advanced countries is fuelling huge political instability. Since […]

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Infographics from my Dragons speech – 24 May 2016

by Liam Byrne | 25.05.16

  Here are the three headlines from my research which I published today alongside the launch of my new book Dragons: Ten Entrepreneurs Who Built Britain      

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Byrne wins bid for 3,000 jobs at Washwood Heath – 23 February 2016

by Liam Byrne | 23.02.16

Liam briefs the media at the Washwood Heath site. Byrne wins bid for 3,000 jobs at Washwood Heath   MPs have demanded that High-Speed 2 change its plans for the old LDV Alstom site in Washwood Heath to allow 3000 jobs to be created – 10 times more than the original plan.   The “instruction […]

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Statement on West Mids Devolution Deal – 17 November 2015

by Liam Byrne | 17.11.15

  Dear friends,   You will have seen the news that the West Midlands Combined Authority has announced it’s deal with the Government to see more powers and funding brought to our region. You can read the Birmingham Post coverage of the news by clicking here: I have today released a statement on behalf of […]

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Policy Network Speech in Infographics

by Liam Byrne | 04.11.15

Dear friends, Yesterday I delivered a speech to Policy Network on entrepreneurial socialism, tackling inequality and the case for a #NewClause4. You can read the speech here. You can also see below my speech in six infographics:   1) Britain 2015: More Super Rich. More Super Poor.                     […]

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What basic powers should all citizens have?

by Liam Byrne | 03.11.15

  Dear friends,   In my speech earlier today, calling for a #NewClause4, I promised to publish some work we did in Government on the basic powers we want to see in the hands of our citizens.   Today I am publishing these slides for the first time. Click on the first slide below to […]

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Joint MPs letter to Lord O’Neill on West Midlands devolution deal

by Liam Byrne | 29.10.15

Dear friends, Yesterday I sent a letter signed by 19 West Midlands MPs from across the political spectrum to Lord O’Neill, the Commerical Secretary to the Treasury, outlining the strong cross-party support for the negotiation of a significant devolution deal for the West Midlands. You can read a copy of the letter by clicking on […]

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