Harriet Harman

As of 3 May 2017, Parliament is dissolved and there are no Members of Parliament until after the General Election on 8 June 2017. This site was established while I was an MP. I am now a parliamentary candidate for the election on June 8th

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Out with local Labour members speaking to people at East Dulwich Station & Dog Kennel Hill Primary School this morning as national campaigning recommences following the terrible attack in Manchester. 

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Campaigning recommences - East Dulwich

Out with local Labour members speaking to people at East Dulwich Station & Dog Kennel Hill Primary School this morning as national campaigning recommences following the terrible attack in Manchester. ...

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Such warm backing on East Dulwich Estate. Thanks to the lovely South Camberwell team - including local councillors Octavia Lamb and Sarah King - for joining me this evening. 

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Talking to residents on East Dulwich Estate

Such warm backing on East Dulwich Estate. Thanks to the lovely South Camberwell team - including local councillors Octavia Lamb and Sarah King - for joining me this evening. 

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Out in South Camberwell with Council Leader Peter John and Cllr Sarah King. Lots of worry about the Tories' school cuts and Brexit! 

Campaigning in South Camberwell

Out in South Camberwell with Council Leader Peter John and Cllr Sarah King. Lots of worry about the Tories' school cuts and Brexit! 

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Very productive meeting with Peckham Citizens this afternoon at Copleston Church Centre - pleased to be working together to improve local job opportunities and community housing.

Peckham Citizens is an alliance of local institutions which includes Rye Lane Baptist Chapel, Pecan, the Hidaya Women's Association, St James the Great Primary and All Saints Peckham that work together to improve the neighbourhood. Peckham Citizens is a branch of citizensuk.org

Working with Peckham Citizens

Very productive meeting with Peckham Citizens this afternoon at Copleston Church Centre - pleased to be working together to improve local job opportunities and community housing. Peckham Citizens is an alliance of...

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Thanks to South Camberwell Councillor Octavia Lamb and local members for joining me to speak to parents at the very busy Bessemer Grange Primary School gate this morning! Lots of Labour support and concern about Tory school cuts. 

Campaigning at Bessemer Grange Primary School

Thanks to South Camberwell Councillor Octavia Lamb and local members for joining me to speak to parents at the very busy Bessemer Grange Primary School gate this morning! Lots of...

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Thanks to Councillor Barrie Hargrove and local members for joining me to listen to parents' concerns at Harris Academy Primary Peckham Park this morning. 

Talking to parents at Harris Academy Primary Peckham Park

Thanks to Councillor Barrie Hargrove and local members for joining me to listen to parents' concerns at Harris Academy Primary Peckham Park this morning. 

Mountview_15.5.17.JPGThis morning I attended Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts' groundbreaking ceremony on its new site behind Peckham Library with Council Leader Peter John OBE and local councillors Evelyn Akoto, Barrie Hargrove and Johnson Situ. Due to open in Autumn 2018, I could not be more pleased that Mountview has found its new home in Peckham.

Mountview coming to Southwark will provide important opportunities for the hugely talented young people of Peckham to get involved in arts and theatre, open up career choices and build on Peckham's already vibrant arts scene. 

Every child has the right to explore their artistic and creative potential, and research shows creative and cultural learning supports attainment in all subjects. I look forward to working with Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, schools and Southwark Council to make this move a success for the local community and the UK's creative industries.

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Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts is coming to Peckham

This morning I attended Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts' groundbreaking ceremony on its new site behind Peckham Library with Council Leader Peter John OBE and local councillors Evelyn Akoto, Barrie...

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At the heart of the Peckham community at Angel Oak Academy Primary this morning with local councillors Barrie Hargrove, Johnson Situ and Sunny Lambe. We heard parents and the Deputy Headteacher's concerns about local issues and pupils being hit by Tory school cuts of £941 each by 2020. 

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Campaigning at Angel Oak Academy Primary School

At the heart of the Peckham community at Angel Oak Academy Primary this morning with local councillors Barrie Hargrove, Johnson Situ and Sunny Lambe. We heard parents and the Deputy...

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Lots of Labour backing in Peckham ward this morning - thanks to local councillors Barrie Hargrove, Johnson Situ, Cleon Soanes, Rebecca Lury and the Southwark Labour team for joining me to speak to local residents. 

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Campaigning in Peckham ward

Lots of Labour backing in Peckham ward this morning - thanks to local councillors Barrie Hargrove, Johnson Situ, Cleon Soanes, Rebecca Lury and the Southwark Labour team for joining me to...

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This morning I joined councillors, local businesses and voluntary organisations to celebrate those who do good for others in the London Borough of Southwark at Southwark Cathedral. Congratulations to all the well-deserved Civic Awards winners - including Cherie Johnson, Anne Bowers, Jo Harding, Vallin Miller, Beryl Peckham and Link Age Southwark based in Camberwell - and to the newly elected Mayor of Southwark Charlie Smith, and Deputy Mayor of Southwark Jamille Mohamed. 

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Southwark Mayor Making and Civic Awards Ceremony

This morning I joined councillors, local businesses and voluntary organisations to celebrate those who do good for others in the London Borough of Southwark at Southwark Cathedral. Congratulations to all...

St_James_the_Great.JPGTalking to parents and headteacher Denis O'Regan with local councillors Barrie Hargrove and Johnson Situ at St James the Great Primary school in Peckham this morning. The school faces cuts to vital staff. Labour opposes Tory education cuts. 

Campaigning at St James the Great Primary

Talking to parents and headteacher Denis O'Regan with local councillors Barrie Hargrove and Johnson Situ at St James the Great Primary school in Peckham this morning. The school faces cuts to...

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Thanks to team Southwark Labour and councillors Gavin Edwards and Renata Hamvas out in Peckham hearing from voters about the General Election 2017. 

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Thanks to team Southwark Labour and councillors Gavin Edwards and Renata Hamvas out in Peckham hearing from voters about the General Election 2017. 

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Outrageous that Ivydale School faces Tory cuts. Solidarity from Southwark Labour Councillors Gavin Edwards, Vikki Mills, Sandra Rhules & Sunil Chopra. 

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Campaigning at Ivydale Primary School

Outrageous that Ivydale School faces Tory cuts. Solidarity from Southwark Labour Councillors Gavin Edwards, Vikki Mills, Sandra Rhules & Sunil Chopra. 

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Out and about this morning at Queens Road Peckham station with team Southwark Labour and Nunhead Councillor Sandra Rhules. 

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Talking to local residents at Queens Road Peckham Station

Out and about this morning at Queens Road Peckham station with team Southwark Labour and Nunhead Councillor Sandra Rhules. 

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Out with the Southwark Labour team talking to Peckham Rye residents, with local Councillors Victoria Mills, Gavin Edwards and Renata Hamvas. 

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Campaigning in Peckham Rye

Out with the Southwark Labour team talking to Peckham Rye residents, with local Councillors Victoria Mills, Gavin Edwards and Renata Hamvas.   

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Parents tell me they want continued improvement at Hollydale Primary School, not Tory cuts. 

Campaigning at Hollydale Primary School

Parents tell me they want continued improvement at Hollydale Primary School, not Tory cuts. @SPACE_FairFund

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Brilliant to be back in Bermondsey and Old Southwark to join hundreds of local Labour members, Florence Eshalomi AM, Seb Dance, MEP and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at the launch of Neil Coyle's campaign for re-election. Neil has been a brilliant representative for the people of Bermondsey and Old Southwark in Parliament and we have worked together for Southwark on campaigns for better transport and to protest Tory school cuts to education. 

 

Backing Neil Coyle's campaign for re-election in Bermondsey &Old Southwark

Brilliant to be back in Bermondsey and Old Southwark to join hundreds of local Labour members, Florence Eshalomi AM, Seb Dance, MEP and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at the...

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Chilly day but warm reception for Labour, with Councillors Lorraine Lauder, Samantha Jury-Dada and Paul Fleming at St Peter's Primary School in Faraday this morning. 

Campaigning at St Peter's Primary School

Chilly day but warm reception for Labour, with Councillors Lorraine Lauder, Samantha Jury-Dada and Paul Fleming at St Peter's Primary School in Faraday this morning. 

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The Joint Committee on Human Rights has today released a report calling on the Government to bring forward legislation in the next Parliament to address the shocking rise in self-harm and suicide in prisons. The number of self-inflicted deaths in prison in England and Wales has risen steadily from 58 in 2010 to 119 in 2016, with a particularly sharp increase in the number of self-inflicted deaths amongst women prisoners. 

Recommendations

The Committee said the following changes need to be made to legislation:

  • A legal duty on the Secretary of State to specify and maintain a minimum ratio of prison officers to prisoners in each establishment.
  • A prescribed legal maximum time that a prisoner can be kept in their cell.
  • A mechanism to ensure the Secretary of State’s accountability to Parliament for overcrowding.
  • A mechanism to ensure the Secretary of State’s accountability to Parliament for maintaining the specified levels of staffing.
  • Provision to be made in the Prison Rules to enable young offenders, and prisoners with mental health conditions which place them at risk of suicide, to make free phone calls to a designated family member or friend.
  • A legal requirement to ensure that young prisoners and those with mental health conditions have access to a key worker.

Any new legislation should make explicit that one of the purposes of prison is to treat prisoners with humanity, fairness and respect for their dignity.

Chair's comments

The Chair of the Committee, Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP, said:

"The introduction of legislation would do something that should have been done a long time ago, but that is now urgent, which is to end the death toll of people with mental health conditions who take their own lives in our prisons.

When the state takes someone into custody, we have a duty to keep them safe—their life becomes our responsibility—yet prisons are not a place of safety. Last year, 12 women and 107 men took their own lives while in prison in the custody of the state.  Every single one of these deaths is an absolute tragedy for each individual and their family.

Successive Governments have welcomed reports and proposals on this issue.  They have changed policy and issued new guidelines, but nothing changes, except the death toll, which rises. In 1991, we had the Woolf report; in 2007, the Corston report; in 2009, the Bradley report; and in 2015, the Harris report. It is not that we do not know what needs to be done; it is just that we have not done it.  We must recognise reality.

There is no point in having more reviews, new policies or new guidance; we must make sure that the changes we all know are needed actually happen in practice. For that to happen, we need a legal framework to be introduced in the next Parliament that will ensure that the necessary changes take place because they are required by statute."

Further information

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Government must address crisis of self-inflicted deaths in prison

The Joint Committee on Human Rights has today released a report calling on the Government to bring forward legislation in the next Parliament to address the shocking rise in self-harm and suicide...

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Out with the Faraday Labour team and local councillor Lorraine Lauder talking to residents on the Taplow Estate and East Street market today!

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Visiting Taplow Estate and East Street Market

Out with the Faraday Labour team and local councillor Lorraine Lauder talking to residents on the Taplow Estate and East Street market today!    

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