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News from Liam Byrne MP                                                                           26/10/2015


Byrne challenges Nicky Morgan to add 'compassion' to the official list of British values 


Liam Byrne MP today challenged the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to add 'compassion' to the official list of British values celebrated nationally and promoted in the nation's schools.



Dear friends,

I thought I would share with you some figures from the House of Commons Library on unemployment in Hodge Hill which I’ve received today.

The total number of unemployed claimants in Birmingham, Hodge Hill constituency in September 2015 was 3,987.

This is 907 lower than in September 2014 but represents a rise of 31 when compared to August 2015.

Dear friends,

It was great to visit the jobcentre in Washwood Heath today and talk to the local team. They do some really great work helping people find employment and work experience.

Here are some photos from the visit:

All the best,


Dear Friend,

Lots of people are asking me for my advice on the Labour leadership contest - and who we want as our next Labour Prime Minister - so my advice is simple: vote for Yvette Cooper for leader, and Tom Watson as deputy.

Here’s why.

The Labour leadership is a tough job: it needs radicalism, new ideas, experience - and the ability to unite the country.


Dear friends,


Yesterday Ofsted published its latest advice letter to the Secretary of State for Education on the latest position with schools in Birmingham (including Park View and other Hodge Hill schools) and Tower Hamlets.


The advice note sets out the progress being made at the schools, as well as highlighting wider safeguarding concerns which have been brought to light as a result of Ofsted’s ongoing monitoring of the situation.




Dear all,


Following the publication this morning of the report by Professor Baroness Alison Wolf: ‘Heading for the precipice: can further and higher education funding policies be sustained?’ which raises serious concerns about the funding of FE, please find below a statement from Labour’s Shadow Skills Minister Liam Byrne MP:


“This report spells out this Government's brutal neglect of our country's technical education system.