Biography

The Rt Hon. Liam Byrne MP is a writer, reformer and campaigner.

A former Cabinet minister, Liam served in the Home Office where, as Minister for Police & Counter-Terrorism and then Minister for Borders & Immigration, he led the total overhaul of the UK immigration system; in 10 Downing Street where, as Cabinet Office Minister, he coordinated cross-government programmes to combat the Great Financial Crisis for Prime Minister Gordon Brown; and in Her Majesty’s Treasury where, as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, he designed the UK’s fiscal consolidation strategy.

Before politics, Liam was a Fulbright scholarship at the Harvard Business School. He went on to found a high growth technology start-up, which he gave up in 2004 to serve the poorest community in Britain, Hodge Hill in East Birmingham, where five generations of his family have lived and worked.

Today, Liam chairs the cross-party think tank on progressive economics, Inclusive Growth and is Shadow Digital Minister.

Liam has written twenty books, chapters and pamphlets about economic history, development and foreign affairs. His history of British capitalism Dragons: Ten Entrepreneurs Who Built Britain was published in 2016. He is also the author of Black Flag Down: Counter Extremism, Defeating ISIS and Winning the Battle of Ideas; and Turning to Face the East: How Britain Prospers in the Asian Century.

Over the years, Liam’s work has been published in the Financial Times, the Times, China Daily, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mirror, Sunday Express, the New Statesman and the New European. He has appeared frequently on Radio 4’s Today Programme, Newsnight and BBC’s Daily Politics.

Liam teaches at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. He has lectured at the London School of Economics and is a Distinguished Honorary Fellow at Birmingham University.

Liam is one of Westminster’s leading authorities on China. He helped start the Economic & Finance Dialogue, co-founded the UK-China Young Leader’s Roundtable, and helps anchor the UK-CHINA Leadership for the Future Forum.  He is board member of the Great Britain China Centre and a Governor of the Institute of Government.

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