Byrne calls on Osborne to axe PIP changes

**For Immediate Release**                                                  Monday 21st March 2016 Byrne calls on Osborne to axe PIP changes Following Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation, Liam Byrne MP is today calling on the Chancellor George Osborne to axe his cruel cuts to disability benefits. As opposition grows to these cuts, Liam Byrne MP is calling on residents to back a […]

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Policy Network Speech in Infographics

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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Red Shift report launch at Labour Conference

Dear friends, Yesterday, Shabana Mahmood MP, Nic Dakin MP, Cllr Caroline Badley and I launched the very first Red Shift report ‘Looking for a New England’ at Labour Party Conference. Here are a few pictures from the launch:     In case you were not able to attend the launch or have not had a […]

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My speech to Labour Party Conference in Brighton, 23rd September 2013

Conference – It’s a privilege to open this debate, a debate we approach with a passion and care. That’s not a sign of weakness, that’s a sign of our strength. We are so much stronger and our policy is so much better for the work of Unison’s Liz Snape, the TUC’s Kay Carberry, for the […]

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Universal Credit now in total chaos – PAC hearing response

David Cameron’s flagship project is now in total chaos.   Parliament’s watchdog has blown apart yet another cover-up by Iain Duncan Smith who it seems has tried to hide further write-offs on his disaster-hit Universal Credit project. We’re now told there was no ministerial accountability and financial control was so weak that secretaries were signing […]

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September 12th, 2013

Damning NAO report reveals Universal Credit has become Universal Chaos

Today’s NAO report reveals the extent to which Iain Duncan Smith has lost his grip on Universal Credit, in the face of years of warnings for DWP to get their multi-billion pound scheme back on track.   The damning report lays bare the chaos surrounding the government’s flagship welfare reform.   Throughout the programme the […]

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September 5th, 2013

A Country Firing on All Cylinders – New Social Security for Disabled People

Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, in a speech on social security for disabled people, said: Five weeks ago Ed Miliband explained how a One Nation Labour government will reform social security so that once again it works for working people. And for the Labour Party – the party of work – […]

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Ministers seem to have got jobseekers wasting time on mumbo jumbo personality tests when they should be looking for work

The Guardian reports that that jobseekers are being asked to complete ‘bogus psychometric tests, as reported here:http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/apr/30/jobseekers-bogus-psychometric-tests-unemployed No wonder unemployment is higher today than when this government came to power. Ministers seem to have got jobseekers wasting time on mumbo jumbo personality tests when they should be looking for work. This country desperately needs real […]

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April 30th, 2013

Why Conservative benefit cuts won’t get Britain working

In place of the Tory party’s heartless and hopeless policy, Labour proposes full employment and the old principle of contribution Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne | The Observer | 7 April 2013 These are desperate times for the government and I expected a desperate argument from George Osborne last week. This was when […]

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April 7th, 2013