This morning I was delighted to help launch Birmingham Labour's Positive Offer for Local Government ahead of the Council elections on Thursday 5th May 2016.


You can read a copy of the Positive Offer document by clicking on the link below.

Dear friends,

I am pleased to report that new figures from the House of Commons Library show that unemployment continues to fall in Hodge Hill. This is thanks to the Council's Birmingham Jobs Fund but there is still work to be done - there are still too many people looking for work in our area.

You can see the figures below.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Birmingham, Hodge Hill constituency in March 2016 was 3,868.

I am in Strasbourg this week taking part in the UK delegation to the Council of Europe. Although this means I wasn't able to take part in this morning's important Westminster Hall debate on Unaccompanied Children in Parliament. Instead, I've just made the following speech to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, you can read the full text below.

**For Immediate Release**                                                                      Monday 21st March 2016

Prime Minister agrees to look again at plight of unaccompanied children in Calais following questions from Liam Byrne

The Prime Minister has today agreed to look again at the plight of unaccompanied children stranded in Calais following a question from Liam Byrne MP in the House of Commons.

**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.

Communications Officer / Parliamentary Assistant Pre-Interview Written Exercise


Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP is looking to recruit a creative, innovative and experienced individual as a Communications Officer / Parliamentary Assistant to work 3 days a week (Monday to Wednesday) based in the Westminster office. This individual will use all types of media, particularly digital, to communicate key messages both locally and nationally.


Birmingham MPs protest at Chancellor’s “£100 million Birmingham Bombshell”

Birmingham MPs will today use the Budget debate to protest at the Government’s £100 million ‘Birmingham Bombshell’ of unfair cuts and tax rises hitting the city.

They will argue that the government has promised a fairer funding deal for Birmingham but has refused to introduce this for yet another year, resulting in more unfair cuts.