Liam Byrne

Black Flag Down

Ed Husain  |  13 December 2016

Counter Extremism, Defeating ISIS, and Winning the Battle of Ideas Full disclosure: I met Liam Byrne to discuss his ideas for his new book Black Flag Down: Counter Extremism, Defeating ISIS, and Winning the Battle of Ideas. He has an excellent grasp of detail. I have huge respect for his record of public service. As …

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Time to shape a distinctively Labour economic policy project

David Coats  |  21 December 2015

The Progress editorial this month has correctly identified that the absence of a distinctive Labour project for the British economy has made it difficult for us to re-establish our credibility and take George Osborne successfully to task. All politicians claim to be concerned about the United Kingdom’s productivity problem and even the Tories would not …

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Good company

Liam Byrne MP  |  10 December 2015

Labour must join forces with reform-minded business, argues Liam Byrne In the battle against spiralling inequality, progressives are not alone. Across the business community there is fast forming a new consensus that our economy today is quite simply too unequal, too unstable, and too unsustainable. And things now need to change. The facts speak for …

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Progress West Midlands conference

Stuart Macnaughtan  |  5 September 2015

Progress West Midlands conference 10am-2pm, Saturday 5 September 2015 Aston Students Union, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ES 9am: Registration opens 10am: Midlands matters: What should Labour learn from the general election? Keynote: Tristram Hunt MP Shadow secretary of state for education Reply: John Woodcock MP Chair, Progress, and shadow minister for skills Reply: Jess Phillips MP Birmingham Yardley Reply: …

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The end of the experiment

The Progressive  |  14 July 2015

Labour must learn again how to win over those who voted Tory If you seek a culprit for Labour’s defeat in 2015, look no further than David Marquand, principal of Mansfield College, Oxford. Marquand did not mean to cause Labour’s defeat. I suspect he regrets it, and would rather it had not happened. But he should …

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A future built on rock not sand

Liam Byrne MP  |  2 March 2015

Few have described the challenge of the future as well as Britain’s Royal Society: ‘unless we grow smarter’, says the society ‘we will grow poorer’. And that is why we need to fix the broken finances of our nation’s universities. As the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development warned last week, Britain faces chronic gaps …

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Books for the beach

The Progressive  |  23 July 2014

What Labour MPs should be reading this summer Along with their selections for Desert Island Discs, politicians’ declared choices of holiday reading are usually concocted to curry favour with the voters. Margaret Thatcher once claimed her choice of poolside reading was ‘the latest Jeffrey Archer’, when in reality it was more likely to be Friedrich …

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Building inclusive capitalism

Jonathan Todd  |  9 July 2014

The challenge of our age, wrote Chuka Umunna in the June edition of Progress, is to generate growth that is sustainable over the long term, balanced across sectors and regions, and inclusive so that all can benefit. This is not capitalism red in tooth and claw. Indeed, it recalls the definition of socialism offered by …

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Pro-worker, pro-business: An agenda for inclusive capitalism

Jon Cruddas MP and Liam Byrne MP  |  5 June 2014

A rare moment of political consensus is building as voices from across the worlds of politics, finance, faith, business and trade unions begin to sound the same note, calling for economic growth that is more inclusive. What does this mean? Is it mere rhetoric? Empty words that leave us stuck with the status quo? We …

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Costing the taxpayer more than in the first place

Liam Byrne MP  |  21 March 2014

The changes Labour made to the nation’s higher education left not only world-class universities but a world-class university system. Today we have seen, clear and present, that there is a real danger the whole system is now sliding off a cliff. It is not simply the big annual cuts to the science budget that chip …

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