Harriet Harman

Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham. Mother of the House.

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Over the centuries, migrants coming to this country to make a better life for themselves and their children have contributed to what makes Britain great.  Whether it’s the Irish communities who came here to escape the potato famine and built our roads, to the Jewish community fleeing fascism, or the people who came from the Caribbean and India to work in our health service.  Any industry, service, and business public or private has drawn on the initiative and hard work of immigrants.
But, Ed Miliband is clear that we have must have controlled migration and that fair rules must apply to those who come from within the EU as well as from outside the EU.


In his speech earlier in the week, Ed has spelled out how we will work with other EU countries to change the EU free movement rules.


If someone comes here from another EU country and they commit a crime they should be prosecuted and then deported. Committing a crime here means that you have broken the rules and should be sent home.  Currently you cannot usually be deported unless your crime is so serious that you have been sent to prison for more than 12 months for some violent crimes, or 24 months for others. That means somebody coming to the UK from within the EU could receive a custodial sentence for common assault within a month of arriving, but not even be considered for deportation proceedings because their offence didn’t meet the sentencing threshold. We believe that needs to be looked at.   If you come here to work but your children remain in your home country, you should not be able to claim child benefit and send it back to them.  Child benefit should be for children living with their parents – not for those in another country.


If you come here from another EU country for the first time, you shouldn’t be able to claim out-of-work benefits until you have been here for 6 months.


When a new country joins the EU, there should be tougher restrictions that mean people from that country should not be able to come to the UK to work without restrictions until that country has been a member of the EU for longer than the current 7 years.
And of course there are some changes that we should make ourselves and that the government should be getting on with immediately.


There should be tough enforcement of the minimum wage to stop employers using migrants to undercut the pay and conditions of longstanding workers here.


There should also be tough enforcement of the rules restricting the use of homes for “multi-occupation” so that neighbourhoods are not disrupted by employers using family homes for “hotbedding” exploited migrant workers.
Recruitment agencies should be banned from hiring exclusively from overseas, locking local people out of the labour market.
People are right to value the part that is played in our communities of people who come to this country from abroad.  But it has to be a two-way deal.

 Published on Labourlist on Saturday 15 March http://labourlist.org/2014/03/immigration-has-to-be-a-two-way-deal/

Immigration has to be a two way deal – 15/03/2014

Over the centuries, migrants coming to this country to make a better life for themselves and their children have contributed to what makes Britain great.  Whether it’s the Irish communities...

On Wednesday 5th March Baroness Onora O'Neill, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), attended a meeting where we discussed the ongoing work of the EHRC, including an inquiry into the cleaning industry.  The EHRC is seeking contributions from cleaners and housekeepers on their experiences of working in this sector.  Many constituents from Camberwell and Peckham are cleaners and their views should be heard.  That is why I wrote a letter to Southwark News and the South London Press, encouraging people in Southwark to come forward and share their thoughts.

Full text of letter -

Businesses and services in London couldn’t operate without the army of hardworking cleaners who, often in the small hours and usually for low pay, make sure our offices, hospitals, schools, cinemas and leisure centres are clean and safe for the people who use them.

Many of London's cleaners live in Camberwell and Peckham.  Many keep the House of Commons – and my office – sparkling clean. 

Some who work as cleaners have asked for my help when they have been unfairly treated.  I strongly believe those who work in cleaning deserve dignity and respect in the workplace.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is holding an inquiry into the cleaning industry and wants to hear the views of cleaners about how they are treated at work.  If you work in cleaning and want to share your experiences then please email cleaning@equalityhumanrights.com.  And send me a copy at harriet.harman.mp@parliament.uk.

I hope that cleaners from Camberwell and Peckham make their views about working in the cleaning industry heard, to help ensure all cleaners are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Harriet Harman Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham

Invaluable cleaners in Southwark deserve to be heard

On Wednesday 5th March Baroness Onora O'Neill, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), attended a meeting where we discussed the ongoing work of the EHRC, including an...

Today, at Culture, Media and Sport questions in the House of Commons, I challenged Ed Vaizey, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport about the rights of each and every child to have experience of, and opportunities in, culture and the arts at school:

DCMS Questions - 13/03/2014

Today, at Culture, Media and Sport questions in the House of Commons, I challenged Ed Vaizey, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport about the rights of each... Read more

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Today I challenged Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister on the Lib Dems broken promises and the backing of Tories policies. In particular I challenged Nick Clegg on Lib Dem support of the Bedroom Tax, the tax cut for millionaires and voting last night against letting local people have more control over their health services. PMQs can be viewed here.

Challenging Nick Clegg at PMQs - 12/03/2014

Today I challenged Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister on the Lib Dems broken promises and the backing of Tories policies. In particular I challenged Nick Clegg on Lib Dem support... Read more

ITV

On the panel this evening were advertising boss Sir Martin Sorrell, presenter Julia Bradbury and comedian David Schneider we debated school choice, Crimea and the advertising industry. As always the programme was chaired by Tom Bradby.

ITV - The Agenda - 10/03/2014

On the panel this evening were advertising boss Sir Martin Sorrell, presenter Julia Bradbury and comedian David Schneider we debated school choice, Crimea and the advertising industry. As always the...

Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party has launched Amplify - www.labourwomen.org.uk - a new website highlighting the role of women in the Labour Party and working to ensure further progress towards equality.

Amplify will: •        Turn the spotlight on how the Tories with their Lib Dem allies are hitting women hardest. •        Campaign to protect the advances for women that were made by the last Labour Government - on childcare, on domestic violence, on women's rights at work- and help us to continue to make further progress towards equality. •        Discuss what women want from their government and their local authorities.    •        Provide a forum where Labour women can discuss ideas and campaign for a 2015 manifesto which takes forward the progress made by the last Labour government.   •        Become a place for women to get involved in Labour campaigns all around the country in the run-up to the General Election in 2015

Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party said:

“Amplify will bring together women from across the Labour movement - members and supporters, trade unionists, politicians, feminists and community campaigners.

“Together we will work to ensure we continue to make further progress towards equality and highlight how the Tory-Lib Dem Government – particularly with the cost-of-living crisis - is hitting women hardest.”   Gloria De Piero, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities said:

“Today far too many women feel disconnected from politics.

“David Cameron and Nick Clegg have tuned women’s voices out. They have shut women out of the top table of politics and have lost touch with the reality of women’s lives and struggles.

“But Labour is listening. On the weekend of International Women’s Day Labour is holding events across every part of Britain with women from every generation, background and perspective to find out ‘What Women Want’.

“And ‘Amplify’ will give women in the Labour Party and outside it a platform not just to be heard but to send their messages right to the heart of our Party and our politics.”   Ends   Editors’ notes   1.   Link to the Amplify website: www.labourwomen.org.uk

Amplify Launch - increasing the power of Labour women - 08/03/20

Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party has launched Amplify - www.labourwomen.org.uk - a new website highlighting the role of women in the Labour Party and working to ensure further progress...

LBC

As part of International Women’s day LBC’s Iain Dale hosted an hour long radio discussion with Professor Mary Beard, Zoe Williams columnist at The Guardian and Cristina Odone of the Daily Telegraph We discussed wide ranging topics affecting Women in society today with a focus on women in politics, media, banking & business

LBC - International Women's Day - 07.03.14

As part of International Women’s day LBC’s Iain Dale hosted an hour long radio discussion with Professor Mary Beard, Zoe Williams columnist at The Guardian and Cristina Odone of the Daily...

Wow 07.03.14

Over 100 people attended a special Women of the World Question Time event at the Southbank Centre to discuss key challenges affecting women in today’s society. We had a good discussion followed by a Q & A session. The topics ranged from equal pay, maternity pay & leave, childcare as well as the importance of supporting each other as Women of the World.

WOW Festival – Part of International Women’s day – 07/03/2014

Over 100 people attended a special Women of the World Question Time event at the Southbank Centre to discuss key challenges affecting women in today’s society. We had a good discussion... Read more

South East Conference_15032014 South East Labour held their regional conference in Crawley this weekend. I joined Labour members, MPs, Councillors and candidates from across the region. I spoke about the progress Labour has made since 2010 – winning control of councils like Reading, Southampton and Gravesham and gaining Councillors across the region. People in the area are concerned about the cost of living as working families are being hit by rising rail fares, childcare costs and high house prices.

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South East Conference_15032014

South East Labour held their regional conference in Crawley this weekend. I joined Labour members, MPs, Councillors and candidates from across the region. I spoke about the progress Labour has...

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Over 200 Labour students from across the country joined together at a reception in London to celebrate the work they have been doing. Speakers at the event included Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, Community’s General Secretary, Roy Rickhuss and Labour’s 2015 candidate for Reading West Victoria Groulef . I spoke about the fact that Labour, led by Ed Miliband has been setting the agenda whilst the Coalition Government has promised things which it has not delivered. Since 2010, Labour has gained over 1950 new Councillors and it is Labour students who have helped deliver this. Their energy and dynamism will be crucial in helping Labour win in key seats across the country in 2015.   

Labour Students Reception – 26/03/2014

Over 200 Labour students from across the country joined together at a reception in London to celebrate the work they have been doing. Speakers at the event included Leader of... Read more

Special Conference_20140301
Today the Labour Party held their special conference to vote on the NEC’s recommendations following the Collins Review on Labour Party Reform. 86% of delegates voted in favour of the changes which will open up the Party and get more people involved.

Labour’s Special Conference – 1/03/2014

Today the Labour Party held their special conference to vote on the NEC’s recommendations following the Collins Review on Labour Party Reform. 86% of delegates voted in favour of the... Read more

Labour Local Government Conference_20140301
Labour councillors from across the country met at the Excel in London on Saturday and Sunday for the Labour in Local Government Conference. This conference built on the success of last year’s event, welcoming more than 500 Labour Councillors, MPs and MEPs amongst others. The weekend of events included policy development seminars, training and networking.  Joining Cllr Simon Henig, Cllr David Sparks and Cllr Ann Lucas for the first session - I spoke about the progress that Labour has made since 2010, including gaining an additional 1950 councillors across the country and the difference that Labour Cllrs are making, standing up for their communities in difficult times. 

Labour in Local Government Conference - 1/03/2014

Labour councillors from across the country met at the Excel in London on Saturday and Sunday for the Labour in Local Government Conference. This conference built on the success of...

This afternoon I met with the landlords of the former Church Commission properties in Walworth along with local councillors Dan Garfield and Lorraine Lauder, and Tenants & Residents Association members Henry Quenelle, Lynda Tilbry and Paul Flemming. Tenants are concerned about a number of issues related to the management of the estate. We reached agreement on key issues and I will be monitoring the situation to ensure that the agreements are adhered to.

Walworth Estate Housing meeting - 27/2/14

This afternoon I met with the landlords of the former Church Commission properties in Walworth along with local councillors Dan Garfield and Lorraine Lauder, and Tenants & Residents Association members...

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This morning I visited the Harris Academy in Peckham. I was pleased to be shown around the school, meet the new Principal Carol-Ann Alcock, and talk to the students about their work and what plans they have for the future. 

Harris Academy Peckham Visit - 27.02.2014

This morning I visited the Harris Academy in Peckham. I was pleased to be shown around the school, meet the new Principal Carol-Ann Alcock, and talk to the students about...

This afternoon I met with the landlords of the former Church Commission properties in Walworth along with local councillors Dan Garfield and Lorraine Lauder, and Tenants & Residents Association members Henry Quenelle, Lynda Tilbry and Paul Flemming. Tenants are concerned about a number of issues related to the management of the estate. We reached agreement on key issues and I will be monitoring the situation to ensure that the agreements are adhered to.

Walworth Estate Housing meeting - 27/02/2014

This afternoon I met with the landlords of the former Church Commission properties in Walworth along with local councillors Dan Garfield and Lorraine Lauder, and Tenants & Residents Association members...

OMC 2014

The Oxford Media Convention brings together media and creative industry representatives to discuss this key sector.  But where is the growth coming from?  My speech answered “from people” and backed young people, the creators of tomorrow.

You can read the full text of the speech here.

Oxford Media Convention Speech - 26/02/2014

The Oxford Media Convention brings together media and creative industry representatives to discuss this key sector.  But where is the growth coming from?  My speech answered “from people” and backed...

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This morning I joined residents of the Silverlock estate for an advice surgery and walkabout with David and Bonnie from the Tenant's Association, local Councillor Richard Livingstone, Council candidate Evelyn Akoto, and Kate Emmanuel, Housing Officer.

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Silverlock Estate advice surgery & walkabout - 26/02/2014

This morning I joined residents of the Silverlock estate for an advice surgery and walkabout with David and Bonnie from the Tenant's Association, local Councillor Richard Livingstone, Council candidate Evelyn...

In recent days I have been the subject of a politically-motivated smear campaign by the Daily Mail.

They have accused me of being an apologist for child sex abuse, of supporting a vile paedophile organisation, of having a relaxed attitude to paedophilia and of watering down child pornography laws. These are horrific allegations and I strongly deny them all of them.

NCCL Statement - 24/02/2014

In recent days I have been the subject of a politically-motivated smear campaign by the Daily Mail. They have accused me of being an apologist for child sex abuse, of... Read more

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On Saturday and Sunday over 300 Young Labour Party members attended National Youth Conference in Bradford to debate policy issues that they would like to see included in the 2015 manifesto.

Youth Conference - Bradford - 22/02/2014

On Saturday and Sunday over 300 Young Labour Party members attended National Youth Conference in Bradford to debate policy issues that they would like to see included in the 2015... Read more

One of the most constant complaints I get from people who live and work in and around Peckham is the need for a boost to the shopping and station area around Rye Lane.

I've been around long enough to remember when Rye Lane was a self-confident shopping ‘experience’ with lots of different sorts of shops- including M&S. Now, even the traders in the Rye Lane Traders Association are concerned that Rye Lane is not what it could be.

There's no reason that that should continue to be the case.  Local people should be able to look forward to walking down to a great shopping area and people should want to come in from outside Peckham to shop for what it has to offer.

And then there's the station.  Peckham Rye station is one of the gems of the old South East Railway.  But right now that's hard to spot because the area around the station has become closed in and uninviting.

Again, there's no reason that should continue to be the case. 

So I'm strongly in favour of the redevelopment around the station which can give the area a real boost.

But the redevelopment plans put forward by Network Rail have caused dismay and Southwark Council have rightly called for a rethink.

Nearly everyone agrees that redevelopment is needed around the station. But it’s harder to get agreement on what that redevelopment should include.  It’s right that the Council has decided to take extra time to rethink the plans and consult the local community. 

After further consultation the next steps will be the Council considering the granting of planning permission.

There are a number of key issues which should be addressed in the new plans which are brought forward.

*There's a real shortage of affordable housing in Southwark. More housing is a good idea but it must include homes which local people can afford to rent or buy.

* The new scheme must ‘open up’ the area in front of the station so it can be seen and admired in all its glory.

*But, at the same time, the lovely 1930s Art Deco buildings like 12-16 Blenheim Grove home of the Peckham Refreshment Rooms and the Sunday Painter must be kept - not torn down.

*The redevelopment should support the growing and dynamic arts scene in Peckham and ensure that local independent enterprises are not squeezed out by Starbucks and Costa.  This can be done by a ‘lettings strategy’ which would give priority to local independents and ensure a mixture of uses including light industrial i.e. not only commercial or retail.

*The whole scheme must be financially viable - the sums must add up or we will end up with no redevelopment at all.

The Council, Network Rail and the local community are all working together now to get the right balance for Peckham. It’s a great opportunity. Let’s keep the best of the past - Peckham heritage and history, the best of today - the vibrancy of the local community and for tomorrow - get a development which is fit for a dynamic future for Peckham.

Southwark News Column - Peckham Rye Station regeneration - 13/2/

One of the most constant complaints I get from people who live and work in and around Peckham is the need for a boost to the shopping and station area...

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