Liam Byrne, MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill, the home of LDV tonight said;
"LDV's plans for a management buyout are an excellent sign of faith by the businesses leaders in the company.
"For some weeks now I have been working closely with the company as they have shaped their ambitious plans for winning a big share of the "green van" market.

Have a look at the article page on my blog for a riposte to Iain Martin's Telegraph column of last week. Iain blows the cover on an underground movement gaining speed on the Tory right. It’s the movement to go far beyond Cameron cuts to public services. It’s the movement to cut public services by £100 billion. Its current champion is Malcolm Offord, author this week of a report called Bankrupt Britain. Offord should know a lot about this topic – after all, he is a banker.

Tomorrow sees the Cabinet start their day in Southampton - part of the highly successful programme of holding Cabinet meetings outside London; you'll remember we pioneered the idea in Birmingham last year. But this week is also national apprentice week, and I am very proud to say I am one of the MP's employing an apprentice to start work in my hugely busy team in Hodge Hill. Welcome aboard, Sarish Jabeen, from Buckland End!

LDV's plans, announced tonight, for a management buyout are an excellent sign of faith by the businesses leaders in the company.

For some weeks now I have been working closely with the company as they have shaped their ambitious plans for winning a big share of the "green van" market. I've been playing my part making sure ministers and the most senior officials at DBERR are completely clear about the opportunity LDV has now put on the table and how government can help.

Lots of people have been asking me where they can hold of copies of our new booklet setting out the whole range of help available to people now to help us fight back against the downturn. I asked the Cabinet Office to put together a little booklet called Real Help Now - its a best-seller - and you can get your copy here

One of the greatest inspirations in my politics are the social entreprenuers who are coming together to change Hodge Hill by rolling up their sleeves and making change happen. In part, they were the inspiration for the Action Plan I launched to provide an extra £42 million to help charities and social entreprenuers step up their help for communities during the downturn.

So, my first Question Time this week. Great fun. Not only do you get to meet truly famous people like the fantastic Monty Don (who made my wife's day by kindly autographing my blue Question Time note paper) but lots of people email you views and arguments straight after. One lady told me she was rejoining the Labour Party! But my favourite email was from Tony Landeg, the former chairman of Stechford Conservative Association in the 1960s and 70s.

After a lot of thinking, this week i gave my first speech on reform of public services over the decade ahead. Let me knoiw what you think. Modern times are breaking down some of the tired old assumptions about government. Like the idea that strong government somehow 'crowds out' community. Or that government has to be gigantic, in order to be strong.

This morning saw me meeting some of the new PCSO's in charge of keeping down crime in Washwood Heath. I campaign year round for more police our Hodge Hill streets - because we all know that's how you bring crime down. This year's results are proof. Crime is still falling fast in Washwood Heath. There's good news too, with news of a new anti-drugs team - and it was good to hear our PCSO's confirm my view that we need cleaner streets and more for youngsters to do.

Liam Byrne thanked brave Mr Malik at his home for transferring a crucial plot of land to the NHS, unblocking plans for a £12million super health centre in Alum Rock.

The Hodge Hill MP has been battling for four years for the new health centres the land transfer is the final piece of the jigsaw in creating an acre+ site to provide a home for what will be the biggest new health centre anywhere in Birmingham.

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