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Liam Byrne

Born Oct 2, 1970

Liam Dominic Byrne is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham Hodge Hill since 2004, and was the Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 2009 to 2010 before being appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on 20 January 2011.… Read More

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  • Universal Credit: Rules Broken In £23m Orders
    Guardian (UK) - Sep 20, 2013
  • Rows, Abuse, Threats: Leaked Emails Reveal Real Story Inside Blair's Bunker
    Guardian (UK) - Sep 19, 2013
  • Iain Duncan Smith Accused Of Misleading M Ps Over Cost Of It Failures
    Guardian (UK) - Sep 11, 2013
  • Uk's Lowest Paid Employees To Be Classed As 'not Working Enough'
    Guardian (UK) - Sep 07, 2013


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Liam Byrne.


1970 Birth Born on October 2, 1970.


1995 24 Years Old Byrne was the rhythm guitarist in a Second Generation Punk Rock band, Carnal Opportunities the band originally split up in 1995, abbreviated by their fan base to, CO! the band met a revival of their success in the early 90's but Byrne dropped out due to academic and carrier commitments. … Read More
1996 25 Years Old Between 1996 and 1997 he advised the Labour Party on the re-organisation of its Millbank headquarters, and helped lead Labour's business campaign under the 'New Labour' scheme.


2004 33 Years Old 1 More Event
He was selected to contest the Birmingham Hodge Hill by-election following the resignation of the veteran Labour MP Terry Davis to become the Secretary General of the Council of Europe. After a very close contest, on 15 July 2004, the same day as Labour lost Leicester South in another by-election, Byrne held on with a majority of just 460.
2005 34 Years Old Following his re-election with an increased majority on 5 May 2005, he was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health, an unusually fast promotion to ministerial rank.
2006 35 Years Old 1 More Event
Following the 2006 local elections, he was promoted to Minister of State for policing, security and community safety at the Home Office, replacing Hazel Blears, one of the highest-profile roles in the government outside the cabinet. However, just a fortnight later Home Secretary John Reid moved him to the immigration role, switching portfolios with Tony McNulty. McNulty had been connected with the foreign prisoners scandal that caused Tony Blair to sack Charles Clarke in May 2006. Byrne's move was seen as an attempt by Reid to establish an entirely new team to sort out the immigration system. During this period he was also Minister for the West Midlands. Gordon Brown named him Minister for the Cabinet Office in October 2008, replacing the promoted Ed Miliband, and was appointed to the Privy Council as a result.
2007 36 Years Old In 2007, Byrne was criticised by London's cab drivers for his remarks that they were "low-skilled". … Read More
In June 2008, Byrne suggested the "August bank holiday" to be made a weekend of national celebration (the so-called "British Day") in a speech to a New Labour think tank. … Read More
2010 39 Years Old 1 More Event
He was re-elected at the May 2010 general election.
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