Birmingham Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne has announced bid to be Labour’s candidate
The SKWAWKBOX published news this morning that Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne was to announce his bid to become Labour’s candidate for West Midlands ‘metro mayor’. The announcement followed on the West Midlands edition of the BBC’s Sunday Politics.
Byrne subsequently responded to the SKWAWKBOX’s enquiry with information about his bid and the reasons he is making it:
Yes, I’ve put my name forward today. The campaign – ”Radical Compassion’ – was actually born from the work Jeremy helped me launch last year – Winter of Compassion here in Birmingham and which Jeremy and I have talked about a lot.
As I intensified my work with Birmingham’s homeless community we developed the idea of our winter of Compassion campaign which Jeremy then helped me launch:
We want to put three ideas centre stage in the debate against a failing Tory mayor.
- Ending the moral emergency of homelessness, hungry families and cuts to disability benefits
- leading the green industrial revolution to create jobs and lift families out of poverty and
- rebuild the social solidarity of our diverse region.
More here: https://liambyrnemp.co.uk/content/manifesto
Further announcements over days to come. But if youre looking for a long read there’s this.
Liam Byrne co-founded ‘centrist’ pressure group Progress. He is a former First Secretary to the Treasury and left the now-infamous ‘no money left’ note for his Tory successor – a traditional practice of long standing but shamefully treated as serious by the Tories to underpin their austerity narrative. He has recently been praised for his work on homelessness.
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has confirmed his support for Byrne’s campaign. Momentum and its founder Jon Lansman have denied reports that they would do likewise. Other would-be candidates are expected to declare their interest.
The SKWAWKBOX needs your support. This blog is provided free of charge but depends on the generosity of its readers to be viable. If you can afford to, please click here to arrange a one-off or modest monthly donation via PayPal or here for a monthly donation via GoCardless. Thanks for your solidarity so this blog can keep bringing you information the Establishment would prefer you not to know about.
If you wish to reblog this post for non-commercial use, you are welcome to do so – see here for more.