My question to the Prime Minister on air-strikes in Syria

  My question to the Prime Minister on air-strikes in Syria:   You can read my position on the proposed air-strikes against Syria here   I have asked the Prime Minister about his plans in the House of Commons today. See below:    

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Why I won’t support David Cameron’s plans for air-strikes in Syria – 2 December 2015

  Why I won’t support David Cameron’s plans for air-strikes in Syria   Dear friend   Can I thank you for getting in touch with your views on today’s vote on David Cameron’s plan for air-strikes in Syria. I am writing to tell you I will not support the government’s plan – and I want […]

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We can’t rush to war in Syria without a plan for peace – my piece in the New Statesman

Dear friends, I thought I would share a piece I have written for the New Statesman today on the situation in Syria. You can read the piece below:   We can’t rush to war in Syria without a plan for peace   As shock of the Paris lifts and the fightback starts, all eyes are […]

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Trip to Kurdistan

Dear friends, I recently joined a cross-party delegation on an All-Party Parliamentary Group trip to Kurdistan. You can see what I found out during this visit by watching the videos below:   Report from Iraq’s Ashti refugee camp     Report from frontline with ISIL – just outside Kirkuk, with Commander Wasta Rasul     Report from […]

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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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My support to refer to the so-called Islamic State as ‘Daesh’

Dear friends, I was very happy to lend my support this week to a cross-party campaign led by Rehman Chishti MP to put pressure on the BBC and the government to make it official policy to refer to the so-called “Islamic State” as “Daesh”. The use of the term “Islamic State” gives legitimacy to a terrorist […]

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The European refugee crisis – 3 September 2015

Dear friends,   I am sure you will have seen some of the coverage of the increasingly desparate refugee crisis growing across Europe.   Yvette Cooper, who I am backing to be the next Labour Leader, made a speech earlier in the week lamenting Britain’s current position – Germany has given more sanctuary to Syrians in […]

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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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My question to the Prime Minister on civilian deaths in Gaza – 21 July 2014

  Dear friends,   Today in the chamber I pressed the Prime Minister on what he and the Government are doing to stop the deaths of civilians in Gaza. You can see my question and his response below:   Mr Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill) (Lab): Everyone in this House condemns the rocket attacks, but the Israeli […]

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