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7 Years ago I warned that Child Poverty was costing our city over £1 billion. Now, new figures from @IIECP show things are going from bad to worse with 20,000 more children in poverty than when we first reported. The East Birmingham Taskforce is asking the Government to take concrete action now. You can read more here 

Liam in a food kitchen

If there was one reason I was standing for mayor it was to make homelessness history and deliver a right to  food. Having lost we need to think again about how we deliver that.

Picture of Liam at Mayoral Election Count 2021

I stood to be Mayor to make homelessness history and to render foodbanks something of the past; to lead green Britain and bring back industry. We won convincingly in 2 of our great cities – Birmingham and Coventry and in the Borough of Sandwell. But that was not enough to win the Mayoral election. To the winner, Andy Street, I offer my support and congratulations.

Following the sad death of Prince Philip, Members of Parliament gathered in the House of Commons to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh. Here's the text of Liam's speech 


“There is an appointed time for everything”, says the Book of Ecclesiastes. “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance”.


Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s shadow Mayor of the West Midlands, today warned that Government dither in investing in a new car-battery making Gigafactory for the region is putting at risk over 100,000 jobs. 

The warning comes in a new report published by Labour’s Shadow Mayor for the West Midlands, drawing on extensive analysis by Unite the Union, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Economic Partnership and Coventry City Council.