Liam Byrne MP today spoke of his 'great pride' in being appointed to the Cabinet - and gave the credit to his constituents in Hodge Hill for the move.

The Hodge Hill MP, elected four years ago, was asked by Gordon Brown to serve as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office just after lunchtime today. He will have a role across government, coordinating plans for change.

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Liam Byrne MP today challenged David Cameron to reverse his ‘idiotic’ pledge to cut skills investment in the West Midlands.

The Conservatives plan to cut some £1bn from workplace learning by abolishing the government skills service for business, Train to Gain. The plans would mean an estimated 87,760 in the West Midlands cut off from new training investment from 2010 onwards.

Liam Byrne MP for Hodge Hill and Minister for the West Midlands joined runners from the across the country on Saturday for the Foundation for Conductive Education 10KM at Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham.

Byrne, a keen runner who completed the Stratford half-marathon earlier this year with a personal best of 1hr 58mins, used the race as training for another half marathon early in 2009.

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Liam Byrne MP today launched ‘RubbishTV’ – so everyone can see the state of the streets in Hodge Hill.

Earlier this year David Cameron, Leader of the Conservative party said that the streets of Solihull were clean thanks to a well run council. But it’s a different story in Conservative led Birmingham where residents have had enough of filthy streets.

Liam Byrne today visited Thornton Junior School to hear about their plans for expansion. The school will make history next month when work begins to create new classrooms, allowing them to take infants for the first time from September next year.

Headteacher, Linda Webster said:

Ambitious plans for the UK to reduce poverty in Pakistan were today unveiled by International Development Minister, Shahid Malik and Liam Byrne, Regional Minister for the West Midlands.

Liam Byrne today got straight down to business shaping plans for the West Midlands' new €120 million Manufacturing Technology Centre with high level talks at Jaguar Land Rover.  The Manufacturing Centre was given the green light by Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, a month earlier than anticipated, when the Cabinet met in Birmingham on the 8th of September. 

The Minister for Immigration Liam Byrne today claimed that Labour is the only party that can ‘refresh’ Britain’s sense of community.

In a pamphlet written for the think tank Demos, ‘A More United Kingdom’, he says that Labour is built on ideas of fraternity and fairness, and must not allow the Conservative party to claim the notion for itself.

Liam Byrne today demanded more time for residents to be consulted on Tesco’s plan to put a superstore on Brockhurst Playing Fields.

The MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill has battled against the supermarket giants since being elected in 2004. He was appalled when the corporation were granted outline planning permission to build on playing fields that are used by local youth for sports. Now he is shocked that residents have been given just one month to respond to detailed plans.

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