For over ten years, Liam has fought tooth and nail for new investment in his constituency, helping secure £167 million for new schools, health-centres, libraries and housing. He helped build a network of social entrepreneurs and community activists – and by competing in triathlons and half marathons, has raised thousands for local police and cancer charities. Liam has successfully doubled his majority in both of the last two General Elections.
In Westminster, Liam has been asked to do some of the hardest jobs in government – in the Home Office, Downing Street and HM Treasury, creating the UK Border Agency, reorganising No 10 for Gordon Brown, and drawing up Labour’s deficit reduction plan for Alistair Darling. As the West Midlands first regional minister he helped deliver £400 million for the new New Street station. In Opposition, Liam has chaired Labour’s policy review, led the Shadow DWP team and been Shadow Minister for Skills, Science and Higher Education. In 2014 Liam set up the APPG on Inclusive Growth which works with parliamentarians, businesses, trade unions and many others. Liam is now serving his constituents from the backbenches focussing on his work as Chair of the APPG on Inclusive Growth. Liam is also a member of the Sub-Committee on Crime Problems and the Fight against Terrorism in the Council of Europe.
Liam is the author of over twenty books and pamphlets about Britain’s future. His latest book, Dragons: Ten entrepreneurs who built Britain, is a history of British enterprise told through the lives of ten great British entrepreneurs – it is published on May 26th by Head of Zeus. Liam is a passionate advocate of closer ties between Britain and Asia. In his book, Turning to Face the East (2013), Liam examines how Britain can prosper in the Asian century. He is also the author of the Road to Full Employment (Fabians 2013), Reinventing Government Again (SMF, 2009) and Local Government Transformed (Baseline, 2005). He is a governor of the Institute for Government and lives in Birmingham with his family.