Harriet Harman

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

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In light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, I am arranging via Cllr Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council, a meeting on fire safety with the tenants' representatives of the council tower blocks in Camberwell and Peckham which are higher than seven stories. Full letter:Peter_John_20.06.2017-page-001.jpg

Letter to Southwark Council re fire safety in tower blocks

In light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, I am arranging via Cllr Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council, a meeting on fire safety with the tenants' representatives of the council tower blocks in Camberwell and...

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Everyone is horrified by the Grenfell Tower fire and heartbroken for the families of those who lost their lives or are missing and for all those who've lost their homes.  But there is an additional worry for tenants and leaseholders in the 100s of flats in the dozens of high-rise blocks in my constituency of Camberwell and Peckham about whether they are safe.

It was appalling to see history repeat itself, the lessons from Lakanal not learnt and the scale of the loss of life so much greater.

Last Thursday I spoke in Parliament in response to the statement by Fire Minister, Nick Hurd MP and called on the Government to:

*give councils the resources they need to increase their fire inspections, supervise contractors working on improvements and install sprinklers.

*review and update the building regulations.

*award Legal Aid to the residents so that their voice can be heard in the public inquiry.  The Fire Service and the council will have QCs - at public expense.  It will be a travesty if the residents, who had to run for their lives, just have to sit in the public gallery.

*ensure that the Grenfell Tower residents are rehoused in the area and that problems with their bank, insurance and ID documents are sorted.

* make sure that hospitals and emergency services have enough resources to deal with the survivors.

*provide the money to ensure survivors are rehoused in the area, not sent miles away.

The community response has been fantastic, but as in Lakanal, Grenfell survivors have fled their flats with nothing - no bank cards, no ID. They need help if they are to be able to go back to work or travel. Charities have been wonderful but the government must step in. 

Government must step in to support Grenfell fire survivors - statement

Everyone is horrified by the Grenfell Tower fire and heartbroken for the families of those who lost their lives or are missing and for all those who've lost their homes. ...

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Huge thanks to the brilliant Southwark Labour team and the people of Camberwell and Peckham for re-electing me as their Member of Parliament.

I was proud to take the oath today in Parliament and will continue to do all I can to represent people in Camberwell and Peckham.

Honoured to be re-elected MP for Camberwell and Peckham

Huge thanks to the brilliant Southwark Labour team and the people of Camberwell and Peckham for re-electing me as their Member of Parliament. I was proud to take the oath today...

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Lyndhurst Primary School

Parents at Lyndhurst Primary School are dreading the Tory education cuts. Strong backing for UK Labour this morning. Thanks to local councillors Radha Burgess, Mark Williams and Ian Wingfield for joining me. 

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Tonight I attended a vigil in Potters Field Park to remember all those who were killed or injured in the awful terror attack in London Bridge on Saturday, with Southwark Council Leader Peter John OBE, Neil Coyle, Helen Hayes, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott MP. I've contacted the emergency trauma team at King’s College Hospital to thank them for their dedication and expertise in caring for the injured.

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Londoners united in sympathy for those killed in London Bridge attacks

Tonight I attended a vigil in Potters Field Park to remember all those who were killed or injured in the awful terror attack in London Bridge on Saturday, with Southwark Council Leader Peter...

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Thanks to traders and shoppers in Peckham for their staunch support of Southwark Labour and thanks to terrific local councillors Jasmine Ali, Johnson Situ and Olivia Lambe for joining the mighty #lanemassive and I in Peckham today. 

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Meeting Rye Lane traders

Thanks to traders and shoppers in Peckham for their staunch support of Southwark Labour and thanks to terrific local councillors Jasmine Ali, Johnson Situ and Olivia Lambe for joining the mighty...

Vernon_Coaker_HH_3_Jun.JPGUtter determination in team to re-elect this champion for local people in Gedling. It was a pleasure to join Gedling CLP and Nottingham Labour members on the campaign trail today. 

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Campaigning with Vernon Coaker in Gedling

Utter determination in team @Vernon_Coaker to re-elect this champion for local people in Gedling. It was a pleasure to join Gedling CLP and Nottingham Labour members on the campaign trail...

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Such a warm welcome for Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Neil Coyle and Labour at the Old Kent Road Mosque this afternoon. Ramadan Kareem to all those fasting! 

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Old Kent Road Mosque visit

Such a warm welcome for Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Neil Coyle and Labour at the Old Kent Road Mosque this afternoon. Ramadan Kareem to all those fasting! 

HH_-_Bos_session.JPGAll women's campaign session this evening to get Neil Coyle re-elected in Bermondsey and Old Southwark! Great to be joined by Southwark Labour councillors, Lady Basildon, Shadow Leader in the House of Lords, and the wonderful Emily Berrington - but Baby Esme stole the show!

Women's campaign session in Bermondsey

All women's campaign session this evening to get Neil Coyle re-elected in Bermondsey and Old Southwark! Great to be joined by Southwark Labour councillors, Lady Basildon, Shadow Leader in the...

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Under the Tories, rail fares are up 27% & overcrowding and delays are increasing. A Labour government would cap rail fares and take national rail back into public ownership.

Thanks to the Southwark Labour team who joined me to campaign at South Bermondsey station this morning. 

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National Rail Campaign Day

Under the Tories, rail fares are up 27% & overcrowding and delays are increasing. A Labour government would cap rail fares and take national rail back into public ownership. Thanks...

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What is an Idva?

An Idva is a specialist professional who works with a victim of domestic abuse to develop a trusting relationship. They can help a victim with everything they need to become safe and rebuild their life, and represent their voice at a Multi-agency Risk Assessment Conference (Marac), as well as helping them to navigate the criminal justice process and working with the different statutory agencies to provide wraparound support. 

The impact of an Idva

Following support from an Idva service, at the closure of their cases:

• Nearly 60% of victims reported cessation of abuse

• 84% of victims reported feeling safer

• 81% of victims felt their quality of life had improved

Two out of three Idva services say they don't have access to sustainable funding. If we're going to keep more people safe at home, this has to change. 

Protecting domestic violence victims

I've signed the Safe Lives pledge to commit to fight for my local Idvas and help keep domestic violence victims #SafeAtHome. What is an Idva? An Idva is a specialist professional...

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I'm backing the BPAS 'My Pledge, Her Choice' campaign and have signed their pledge to commit to defend a woman's right to choose in Parliament.  

We need to march, and speak, and campaign, because we don’t want to see the progress that we’ve made towards equality slip back. One of the first Executive Orders Donald Trump signed as President was to restrict US funding for organisations which support birth control (including abortion) in developing countries. It’s not Donald Trump – and the men-only advisory team beaming as he signed on the dotted line – who should be making choices about women. Women should be able to make those choices themselves.

In the 1970s and 80s we marched under banners chanting “Not the church, not the state, women must decide their fate”. And it’s time to get those banners out again.

The My Pledge, Her Choice commitments:

1. Protect clinic access and funding for all UK women
2. Oppose parliamentary attacks on abortion rights
3. Support further moves to decriminalise abortion, in line with the Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill 2017 which I co-sponsored in the last Parliament. 

 

 

 

Standing up for a woman's right to choose

I'm backing the BPAS 'My Pledge, Her Choice' campaign and have signed their pledge to commit to defend a woman's right to choose in Parliament.   We need to march, and...

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Talking to residents in Sceaux Gardens this afternoon with great Brunswick Park Labour team and Cllr Mark Williams. 

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Campaigning in Brunswick Park

Talking to residents in Sceaux Gardens this afternoon with great Brunswick Park Labour team and Cllr Mark Williams. 

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Busy morning at Denmark Hill Station - overcrowded, more trains needed. Thanks to Cllr Mark Williams and team Southwark Labour. 

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Campaigning at Denmark Hill Station

Busy morning at Denmark Hill Station - overcrowded, more trains needed. Thanks to Cllr Mark Williams and team Southwark Labour.   

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Great to be in Bath with our parliamentary candidate Joe Rayment. Good luck Joe and team Bath Labour! 

Supporting Labour candidate Joe Rayment in Bath

Great to be in Bath with our parliamentary candidate Joe Rayment. Good luck Joe and team Bath Labour! 

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Thanks to the enthusiastic Labour Bristol team for their determination to re-elect Thangam Debbonaire and Kerry McCarthy. It was a pleasure to campaign with them. 

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Bristol East and Bristol West Campaigning

Thanks to the enthusiastic Labour Bristol team for their determination to re-elect Thangam Debbonaire and Kerry McCarthy. It was a pleasure to campaign with them. 

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A delight to be out with team Karin Smyth and local government beacon - Bristol Council Leader Helen Holland. 

Bristol South campaigning

A delight to be out with team Karin Smyth and local government beacon - Bristol Council Leader Helen Holland. 

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Thanks to Cllrs Vicky Mills, Gavin Edwards, Jasmine Ali and all parents and children protesting Tory cuts to Southwark schools in Peckham Rye Park after school today. Children at Ivydale, Hollydale, Heber and Goodrich schools designed lovely posters about why they love their school and don't want any education cuts. 

I've signed the National Union of Teachers' pledge to show my support. It reads: 'I promise to oppose cuts to real terms per pupil funding in Camberwell and Peckham compared to 2015/16'. I will continue to work with local parents, teachers and the council to fight these Tory cuts all the way.

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School cuts protest picnic in Peckham Rye

Thanks to Cllrs Vicky Mills, Gavin Edwards, Jasmine Ali and all parents and children protesting Tory cuts to Southwark schools in Peckham Rye Park after school today. Children at Ivydale,...

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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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