Posts in the category of: Tories

Byrne demands answers following government ‘caving in’ on patent box – 19 November 2014

by Liam Byrne | 19.11.14

  Byrne demands answers following government ‘caving in’ on patent box   The Tory-led government have decided to cave in on a core part of the UK’s science policy.   This is concerning news, particularly as the latest figures from the Campaign for Science and Engineering show that the UK currently “performs poorly” compared to […]

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Press Release: Liam Byrne condemns George Osborne’s attack on Birmingham’s children – 30 September 2014

by Liam Byrne | 01.10.14

Press Release: Liam Byrne condemns George Osborne’s attack on Birmingham’s children Tuesday 30th September     Liam Byrne today condemned George Osborne’s attack on Birmingham’s children as the politics of ‘you’re on your own’.   George Osborne’s freeze of working age social security payments such as tax credits will trap thousands of Birmingham children living […]

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My rejected letter to The Times – 4 June 2014

by Liam Byrne | 04.06.14

  Dear friends,   This morning I read with dismay the Times leader entitled ‘Trojan Horses’ about the situation in Birmingham Schools. You can read the patronising piece here: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/leaders/article4108197.ece (£)   In response I wrote to the editor but they have refused to publish the letter in full.   See here below the letter I […]

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Universal credit has descended into universal chaos

by Liam Byrne | 06.03.13

Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow DWP Secretary, responding to reports that the Tory led Government’s Universal Credit plans have hit serious problems and that work on its IT delivery contract has been halted with hundreds of staff stepping down, said: “Universal credit has descended into universal chaos and millions of families’ tax credits are at […]

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Government hitting millions of soldiers, nurses, cashiers and electricians with a strivers’ tax

by Liam Byrne | 06.01.13

Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said: “Tuesday’s Strivers’ Tax Bill marks the definitive end of any idea we are all in this together. “This government are handing a £107,000 tax cut to millionaires but hitting millions of soldiers, nurses, cashiers and electricians with a strivers’ tax that will cost them hundreds […]

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IDS is in trouble over his Strivers’ Tax – and he knows it.

by Liam Byrne | 02.01.13

IDS is in trouble over his Strivers’ Tax – and he knows it. You can tell ministers are in trouble when they start pedalling distortions on the scale we’ve seen from Iain Duncan Smith this week. IDS is in trouble. And he knows it. Next week, the beleaguered welfare secretary comes to the Commons to […]

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The price of Tory failure: my letter to party members

by Liam Byrne | 13.12.12

Last week’s Autumn Statement exposed the grim truth of David Cameron’s economic failure. Growth down. Borrowing up. And Britain’s strivers paying the price. Since then hundreds of people have been in touch to tell us their fears about what David Cameron’s failure means for them and their families. Today we’ve launched a website, www.thepriceoftoryfailure.com, to share […]

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My question to Iain Duncan Smith at Work and Pensions Questions today

by Liam Byrne | 10.12.12

  1. Can the SoS set out the projected rise in the dole bill as a result of the Budget?   2. He clearly doesn’t know!   Let me help him:   It’s nearly £6 billion higher as a result of his failure to get Britain back to work   Now to pay that bill […]

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Freud’s comparison of corpses & people on benefits is disgusting

by Liam Byrne | 23.11.12

Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said in response to Tory Welfare Minister Lord Freud’s comparison of people on benefits with corpses in an interview with The House magazine: “The nasty party is well and truly back. “Lord Freud is a former investment banker and now a minister of the crown. For him of all […]

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Ministers must take action before Universal Credit becomes a multi-billion pound disaster

by Liam Byrne | 11.11.12

Quoted in the Independent on Sunday’s article “Benefits reform under threat after IT glitch”, Liam Byrne said, “Universal Credit is in danger of descending into total chaos. Iain Duncan Smith’s flagship scheme is late and over budget, top officials are heading for the hills and no-one seems to believe the massive IT system is on […]

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