Europe is key to justice for Palestine – Byrne – 26 January 2015

  Dear friends,   In the past many many of you have contacted me about the terrible situation in Palestine. Over the weekend I took part in a 3 day fact finding trip to East Jerusalem and the Palestinian Authority.   You can see some photos from my trip here and you can read my report of […]

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Birmingham and the Living Wage – Statement on strike at Birmingham University

Today at Birmingham University Unison members are going strike in support of the living wage for all support staff such as cleaners, catering staff, security staff, library staff and technicians. Please see below for my statement on the situation: “Labour Councils are leading the way in promoting the living wage, with 24 now signed up as […]

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Remploy factory closures are shameful

Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to news that Ministers are set to close at least 10 more Remploy factories and a further five have been put at risk, said: “This is a shameful act from a contemptuous government. A day after the Autumn Statement in which the claimant count was revised […]

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December 7th, 2012

What’s this government got against young people?

It was Cabinet office questions in the House of Commons this morning, and our team used the moment to push the government on why their policy for charities, voluntary groups and social enterprise is already beginning to falter. With youth unemployment up sharply this morning, and plans to cut EMA hurtling down the track, we need youth […]

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January 19th, 2011

Priestley lecture: Raising the good city

Here’s the text of my keynote speech to Birmingham university tonight. Special thanks to Prof James Arthur for the invitation to deliver this annual lecture to the School of Education Vice Chancellor. Members of the University Court, faculty and student body, ladies and gentlemen, Good evening. It is an immense pleasure to have been invited […]

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November 25th, 2010

Report back on Hodge Hill schools summit

Councillors from the across the constituency got the chance to sit down with our secondary head-teachers and do a bit of business together, with Rob James, Hodge Hill’s constituency director and Ness Cole from youth services. First up was a big thank you from us to the heads on behalf of local residents for the […]

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November 19th, 2010

Community service for our youngsters

See the video…Liam lobbies for community service  This morning saw me at the Department for Education to lobby ministers to bring community service to Hodge Hill. I’ve been working with our schools and a range of organisations like the Templeton Foundation for 4 years now to research what we need to put in place to […]

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November 10th, 2010

Our campaign for community service

Today I got the chance to see a groundbreaking project underway in Kitts Green and Lea Village – DNA – which could become a model for community service in our constituency. All the political parties pledged to create national community service for youngsters at the last election – and last year I got the chance […]

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October 29th, 2010

A steam-roller for the Big Society

Today, the Chancellor has started driving a steam-roller over the Big Society. The huge scale of cuts to local councils will hit charities hard, because it’s where most of their government support comes from (approx 60% of statutory funding is routed to the sector via local councils). The ‘transitional relief’ announced for struggling charities is […]

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October 20th, 2010

New challenges

Just home from a frenetic day; today was our annual Meet the Funders’ conference for local community groups, which proved our most successful conference yet, followed by surgeries at Shard End Community Centre. Around a hundred people got the chance to quiz leading funders, like Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, UnLtd, the Arts Council, […]

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October 8th, 2010