Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP is a writer, reformer, and campaigner. A former Cabinet minister, in the Home Office, he rebuilt the UK’s immigration system; in No 10 Downing Street, he helped Gordon Brown coordinate government during the global financial crisis, and in Her Majesty's Treasury, he was Chief Secretary, charged with creating the Labour government's fiscal consolidation plan. Liam graduated at the top of his class at Manchester University, where he won the Robert McKenzie Prize for Political Science and was elected leader of the Students' Union.
Before entering politics, he was an entrepreneur and a Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Business School. Today, Liam is the founder and co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Inclusive Growth and Chair of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank & International Monetary Fund. The paperback version of his book, a history of British capitalism, Dragons, was published earlier this year. He is also the author of Robbins Rebooted (SMF, 2014), Reinventing Government Again (SMF, 2004), and Local Government Transformed (Baseline, 1996). His most recent book is Black Flag Down, Counter-extremism, Defeating ISIS and Winning the Battle of Ideas.