Harriet Harman

Member of Parliament for Camberwell & Peckham

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As part of Labour’s ‘Woman to Woman’ tour the pink bus made its way to Carlisle today to meet with Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Lee Sherriff.

We talked to local residents in Carlisle’s Green Market about the issues that will be a priority for them at the General Election in May and asked women to come and share their ideas. We then headed down to Harraby ward to join local council candidate, Jo Williams for a campaigning session. The final stop was at Harraby Community Centre, where Lee Sherriff and I held a discussion with local mothers and representatives of local women’s groups about what matters to them ahead of the General Election in May, including childcare, accessing health services and jobs in Carlisle.

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Woman to Woman - Carlisle

As part of Labour’s ‘Woman to Woman’ tour the pink bus made its way to Carlisle today to meet with Prospective Parliamentary Candidate Lee Sherriff. We talked to local residents in...

Sir Jeremy Heywood

Cabinet Office

70 Whitehall

London SW1A 2AS

United Kingdom

 

24th March 2015

 

Dear Jeremy,

 

I understand that the Prime Minister intends to appoint David Willetts, the Conservative MP, to the Board of Trustees of the Science Museum Group.

Coming one week before Parliament is dissolved and purdah begins, this appointment would be yet another flagrant abuse of government patronage.  Voters would be entitled to see it as the Conservatives giving out jobs to the boys for retiring MPs. This is especially galling after the appointments of Sir Peter Luff to the Heritage Lottery Fund and David Heathcoat-Amory to the National Heritage Memorial Fund– one is a current Conservative MP, the other a former Conservative MP.

These organisations are of great importance and deserve the right people to be leading them, not to be used as sinecures for retiring MPs in what the Financial Times has described as "Italian" style. These organisations should not be used as a reward for government supporters.

I am therefore writing to you to ask that you confirm whether this appointment has been made, and if it has been made, could you answer the following questions:

 

  1. On what date was an offer of appointment made to David Willetts, and when did he accept the post?
  2. What qualifications for the post does David Willetts possess, other than being a Conservative MP?
  3. How many other candidates were considered?

 

With under a week left of this Parliament, this is another case of the Prime Minister packing boards with Conservative MPs to ease their retirement. Our great public institutions are too important to become Tory fiefdoms – they are too important to be used for jobs for the Tory boys.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Letter to Sir Jeremy Heywood regarding appointments to the Science Museum Board

Sir Jeremy Heywood Cabinet Office 70 Whitehall London SW1A 2AS United Kingdom   24th March 2015   Dear Jeremy,   I understand that the Prime Minister intends to appoint David...

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Today I challenged Nick Clegg on his claim to be “more anti-establishment” than before he was in Government. Without the Lib Dems the Tories would not have been able to implement policies including the bedroom tax, increasing tuition fees and the tax cut for millionaires.

Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham) (Lab): In an interview last week the Deputy Prime Minister pronounced that

“the way in which politics works is bust”

and that “Westminster is a joke”. When he said that, was he referring to himself?

The Deputy Prime Minister: I wonder what answer I should give to that. No, of course not.

Ms Harman: He went on in that interview to say that he is now “more anti-establishment” than he was five years ago. Were those the same five years in which he took the ministerial car, the ministerial salary and the Tory Whip? Were they the same five years in which he trebled tuition fees, imposed the bedroom tax, put up VAT and cut taxes for millionaires? However he describes himself, the only thing people in this country will remember him for is giving a whole new meaning to the phrase, “Yes, Prime Minister.

The Deputy Prime Minister: I cannot blame the right hon. and learned Lady; she certainly finished in the style to which we have all been accustomed for the last five years by reading out pre-rehearsed questions. I think that the era of single-party government in this country is over. I know she does not like that idea and that the establishment parties—those Members sitting both behind me and in front of me—do not like it either, but I think it is over. This coalition Government have, in very difficult circumstances, presided over what is now the fastest growing economy in the developed world, with more people in work than ever before, and more women in work than ever before, after the absolute economic mess she bequeathed us. That is quite an achievement.

Challenging Nick Clegg at Deputy Prime Ministers Questions

Today I challenged Nick Clegg on his claim to be “more anti-establishment” than before he was in Government. Without the Lib Dems the Tories would not have been able to...


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