Liam Byrne

MP, Birmingham, Hodge Hill

Birmingham, Hodge Hill Labour

Liam Byrne campaigned to remain in the European Union

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Liam Byrne’s voting in Parliament

Liam Byrne is a Labour MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Labour MPs.

However, Liam Byrne sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

  • Liam Byrne generally voted for a transparent Parliament, while most Labour MPs generally voted against. Show votes

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Recent appearances

  • Petition - Implementation of the 1995 and 2011 Pensions Acts: Birmingham Pub Bombings: Legal Aid 26 Oct 2016

    The Minister is addressing the points raised well. If, as he says, he is looking at the lessons to be learned, will he tell the House tonight that he agrees with us that there should be parity of funding for the legal costs in this inquest? Does he agree with the parity principle—yes or no?
  • Exiting the European Union 5 Sep 2016

    I also welcome the Secretary of State to his place, but may I say to him that many of us wanted rather more detail than a few more reheated old soundbites? We know the old slogan “Brexit means Brexit”, and what we got this afternoon was an essay on how waffle means waffle. May I commend to him the approach of the Japanese Government, who have not simply spent the last seven weeks...
  • School Funding: Business of the House 21 Jul 2016

    I join in the hymns of welcome to the new Leader of the House. When might we have a debate about the Government’s new life chances strategy and how it might help children of alcoholics? Like many other hon. Members I am the child of an alcoholic and grew up knowing what that particular hell is like. But I was lucky. Overall, children of alcoholics are three times more likely to...

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Labour MP for Birmingham, Hodge Hill

Entered the House of Commons on 15 July 2004 — Byelection


Topics of interest

  • Work and Pensions
  • Business
  • Innovation and Skills
  • Treasury
  • Department for Business
  • Innovation and Skills
  • Home Department
  • Universal Credit
  • Students: Loans
  • Social Security Benefits
  • Work Programme
  • Housing Benefit

Other offices held in the past

  • Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills) (7 Oct 2013 to 12 Sep 2015)
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (20 Jan 2011 to 7 Oct 2013)
  • Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office) (8 Oct 2010 to 20 Jan 2011)
  • Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury (12 May 2010 to 8 Oct 2010)
  • The Chief Secretary to the Treasury (6 Jun 2009 to 6 May 2010)
  • Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (3 Oct 2008 to 5 Jun 2009)
  • Minister of State (HM Treasury) (also in the Home Office) (25 Jan 2008 to 3 Oct 2008)
  • Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (West Midlands) (29 Jun 2007 to 6 Oct 2008)
  • Minister of State (Home Office) (Borders and Immigration) (28 Jun 2007 to 3 Oct 2008)
  • Minister of State (Home Office) (Immigration and Asylum) (9 May 2007 to 28 Jun 2007)
  • Minister of State (Home Office) (Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality) (22 May 2006 to 8 May 2007)
  • Minister of State (Home Office) (5 May 2006 to 22 May 2006)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services) (10 May 2005 to 5 May 2006)
  • Member, European Scrutiny Committee (22 Feb 2005 to 11 Apr 2005)

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Public bill committees (Sittings attended)


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  • Has spoken in 15 debates in the last year — well below average amongst MPs. See all Liam Byrne’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 41 written questions in the last year — above average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a low number of messages sent via during 2015, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 60.41% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 30 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well above average amongst MPs.
  • This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 17–18 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
  • 95 people are tracking this MP — email me updates on Liam Byrne’s activity
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 555 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 17 Oct 2016.

1. Employment and earnings
18 March 2016, £129.11 royalty payment from The Authors Licencing and Collecting Society Ltd, Barnard’s Inn, 86 Fetter Lane, London EX4A 1EN. Hours: no additional hours. (Registered 29 June 2016)
7 June 2016, received £1,275 from Said Business School, University of Oxford, Executive Education Centre, Egrove Park, Oxford OX1 5NY, for being a guest course speaker on their AFCA Programme. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 18 July 2016)
Payments from Biteback Publishing, 3 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7SP, received via Georgina Capel Associates Ltd, 29 Wardour St, London W1D 6PS:
25 August 2016, advance of £500 for a book. Hours: 20 hrs. (Registered 26 September 2016)
4. Visits outside the UK
Name of donor: UK China Forum Ltd
Address of donor: 15 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PS

Amount of donation: flights from Doha to Beijing, and from Shanghai to London, value £1,688.50;

Two nights in a hotel in Beijing and two nights in a hotel in Shanghai at £140 per night, value £560; £2,248.50 in total

Date of visit: 16 to 19 November 2015

Destination: Beijing and Shanghai

Purpose of visit: Cross-party Parliamentary visit to Beijing and Shanghai, to attend the 2015 UK-China Leadership Forum, for the purpose of promoting UK-China dialogues.

(Registered 03 December 2015)
Name of donor: (1) Qaiwan Group (2) Kurdistan Regional Government
Address of donor: (1) 4th Floor Sulaymaniyah Mall, Iraq (2) Council of Ministers, Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): (1) flights, approx. £2,400 and one night's hotel accommodation in Slemani, £300; total £2,700 (2) 3 nights' hotel accommodation in Erbil, £450 and internal transport, £555; total £1,005

Destination of visit: Kurdistan Region of Iraq, including Erbil, Slemani and Kirkuk

Date of visit: 11-16 November 2015

Purpose of visit: APPG Kurdistan fact-finding delegation to meet senior political leaders including the Prime Minister, UK Consul-General, Kurdistan Britain Business Group, two camps for internally displaced people, the American University of Iraq and the Peshmerga in Kirkuk.

(Registered 10 December 2015)
Name of donor: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar
Address of donor: Qatar Embassy, 1 South Audley Street, London W1K 1NB

Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): air travel, food and accommodation with an approximate value of £6,550

Destination of visit: Doha, Qatar

Date of visit: 16-18 February 2016

Purpose of visit: All Party Britain-Qatar Parliamentary Group visit in order to meet Ministers, Qatar officials, visit world cup sites to discuss issues of bilateral relations and regional crises.

(Registered 29 February 2016)
9. Family members employed and paid from parliamentary expenses
Until February 2016, I employed my wife, Sarah Harnett, as part-time Office Manager. (Updated 04 July 2016)

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