Liam Byrne

The Road to Full Employment

Tristram Hunt MP  |  21 September 2013

‘The Conservative belief that there is some law of nature which prevents men from being employed, that it is ‘rash’ to employ men, and that it is financially ‘sound’ to maintain a tenth of the population in idleness for an indefinite period, is crazily improbable – the sort of thing which no man could believe …

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Turning to Face the East

Adam Tyndall  |  15 July 2013

This is not a book about China. As Liam Byrne admits in his conclusion, ‘it’s actually a book about Britain written by a politician who has spent most of his career in business.’ The central  argument is that ‘in Britain we should … decide to act ahead of the game, strengthening our links with China …

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Labour’s European third way

Jonathan Todd  |  3 July 2013

A referendum is inevitable. Here is how pro-Europeans can win it Mainstream Labour opinion has been pro-European since Neil Kinnock, as leader, made it so. Rarely, however, do Labour speakers join up the dots between the European Union and our policy objectives. We pride ourselves, for example, on being green but we hear little from …

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The march of Thatcher’s children

Mark Rusling  |  12 April 2013

Born at the start of the 1980s, I am, supposedly, one of Thatcher’s children. Isn’t that an incredible statement? Twenty-three years after Margaret Thatcher was booted out of power, her name defines a generation of people now in their early twenties and thirties. Had I been born a year or so earlier, I wouldn’t have …

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More generous and more temporary: How do we reform welfare to build full employment?

Simon Jeffrey  |  11 March 2013

4pm, Monday 11 March 2013, Grand Committee Room Graeme Cooke author, The Purple Papers Liam Byrne MP shadow work and pensions secretary Karen Buck MP Westminster North Nick Pecorelli associate director, The Campaign Company With the launch of a new Progress pamphlet, The Purple Papers: Real Change for Britain, Real Choices for Labour, Progress is …

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‘Something-for-something Britain’

Liam Byrne MP  |  1 December 2012

It was a heck of a year. 1942 wasn’t the beginning of the end. But it was, as Churchill said, the end of the beginning. The Allies turned the tide in north Africa, Stalingrad and Guadalcanal. Interest in what the fight was for hit a new high and, 70 years ago today, Sir William Beveridge …

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Project Blueprint

David Talbot  |  23 July 2012

Michael Ashcroft’s mission began on 2 May 1997. Labour’s landslide victory left his beloved party bereft after 18 years in government. Listless, policy-less, mostly leaderless – thus began the Conservatives convoluted attempts to regain high office. Lord Ashcroft, with his millions, would play an instrumental role. When no one would dare look at the Tories, …

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Man on wire

Luke Akehurst  |  29 May 2012

The policy review is a tricky balancing act which may benefit from its new ringmaster By Luke Akehurst —‘Policies don’t win elections, policies lose elections. Balloons and whirly hats win elections.’ This aphorism did the rounds in New Labour circles in the 1990s. It is half true. Unpopular policies can lose elections as 1983’s ‘longest …

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Living together apart

Stephen Bush  |  29 May 2012

The City and the City is a novel which tells the story of two city-states – Besźel and Ul Qoma – located in the same physical space but existing entirely separately of each other. The two nations have different politics, different economies, and different objectives. To an outsider, they are one and the same, but …

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Good King Jon

The Insider  |  25 May 2012

Your insider has been driving the poor editors mad while trying to hold out. They were practically breaking the door down. But Ed Miliband just would not shuffle his deck on deadline. If I did not know better, I would swear it was a grudge. So dear readers, we have a new shadow cabinet. Well, …

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