According to his website: "Liam is MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and Coordinator of Labour’s policy review. A passionate advocate of community organising, he founded Local Action Network to spread the community approach pioneered in Hodge Hill which helped Liam double his majority in the 2010 general election. Educated at an Essex comprehensive school – Burnt Mill in Harlow – Liam graduated at the top of his class with a prize-winning First at Manchester University, and was a Fulbright scholar at the Harvard Business School where he took his MBA with honours. Before entering politics, Liam co-founded the successful eCommerce business egsgroup.com, now a Top 100 European private technology company. Previously he worked as a banker with NM Rothschilds, and a strategy advisor with Accenture.
Liam was elected in a tight by-election in 2004 and was made a health minister 9 months later. He introduced the pioneering individual budgets, and was nominated as Older Peoples’ Champion of the Year by Help the Aged for his work."