Liam Byrne to chair cross-party group on inclusive growth

17th July, 2014 12:58 pm

An All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has been set up to promote debate on the nature of “inclusive growth”, with Labour MP Liam Byrne elected chair. Byrne said that although members of the group “won’t always agree”, he feels there is “a duty to try and forge a new national interest”.

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Announcing the formation of the group, Byrne said:

“The debate about ‘inclusive capitalism’ is gathering pace so it is vital we now have a place in Parliament where we bring together a new story about how to reform our economy so that hard work once again gets you on in life.

“I know politicians won’t always agree with each other but we’ve got a duty to try and forge a new national interest.

“The truth is good people in business, finance, unions, churches and civil society agree on more than they think. Our task is to get those ideas on the table and use them to build a new sense of the common good.”

The APPG are organising a series of events of events over the next year on topics including reform of financial markets, skills and science, competition and enterprise, building a sustainable tax base, and regional policy and trade reform.

The group includes an interesting spread of Labour figures, including New Labourites like Byrne and Peter Mandelson, Blue Labour guru Maurice Glasman, as well as a handful of MPs from the new intake, Rushanara Ali, Seema Malhotra and Stella Creasy.

Other sign ups include Orange Book Lib Dem Jeremy Browne and Tory peer Lord Heseltine.

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  • RWP

    People of all parties usually run a mile from cross party collaboration, but if this can achieve something positive then it must be for the best

    • treborc1

      Not long ago they dumped Cruddas into a policy review thinking it would be five years with out having to worry about him. Now we are heading for an election and Byrne was knocking on doors I suspect, saying Ed, Ed ED, please I’m your man, I’m not a Blair-rite I’m not Progress, I will do what ever you want please give us another job, here let me move your chair, let me clean your nose, I’m your man.

      So to get rid of him and a few others they will dump this right winger on to this for ten or twelve years before he becomes Lord Byrne of some bloody place..

  • Danny

    F*ck off Liam Byrne.

    • treborc1

      Dam it those were the words I was looking for, you must have gone to university.

  • DaveAboard

    Now, just remember, Groupies, Liam likes a Cappucino in the morning, soup for lunch and an espresso at around 3pm. Follow these simple guidelines and all should be well.

    • treborc1

      He may not like what I added to it then.

      • DaveAboard

        I have to say, I have never yet met a Labour party member or voter, let alone anyone else, who has a good thing to say about Byrne. One really does have to wonder why he is still there or just how well the Westminster Bubble is sound-proofed.

  • Theoderic Braun

    Hopefully Byrne’s chair will be plugged into the ring main and that’s he’s holding hands with Mandy.

    • Steve Stubbs

      Don’t hold back, tell us what you really think!

      • rekrab

        Well SS, what was on your mind?

  • PoundInYourPocket

    Is Heseltine the closest to being a socialist in that little love nest ?

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