Liam Byrne: “New Labour economics is history”


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During his 20 years in Westminster, Liam Byrne has been on a journey. “‘Journey’ is very kind!” he laughed, sitting cross-legged in an armchair in his House of Commons office. This is the man who both guided Britain through the financial crash as chief secretary to the Treasury and trashed Labour’s reputation by leaving a note behind that quipped “I’m afraid there is no money”. The ex-tech entrepreneur who makes CEOs squirm in his role as chair of the Business Select Committee. The sensitive voice for fellow children of addicts who was found to have bullied his own staff. The...