Harriet Harman

Labour Member of Parliament for Camberwell & Peckham

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Camberwell & Peckham Casework October - December 2015

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Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP has today written to the Charity Commission following accusations that Gilbert Deya Ministries, which is based in Peckham, is selling Aldi branded olive oil to members of the public claiming that it can cure HIV, cancer and infertility.

In her letter to the Charity Commission, Ms Harman said:

“I understand that the Charity Commission is undertaking a regulatory compliance case regarding Gilbert Deya Ministries. 

I am very concerned about further allegations that have arisen that Gilbert Deya Ministries is involved with selling oil to the public claiming that it can cure HIV, cancer and infertility.  It is wrong to exploit ill and vulnerable people in order to make money.”

Harriet Harman MP has asked the Charity Commission if they are investigating these new accusations and when they anticipate reaching a conclusion.

Harriet Harman MP writes to Charity Commission on Gilbert Deya Ministries

Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP has today written to the Charity Commission following accusations that Gilbert Deya Ministries, which is based in Peckham, is selling Aldi branded olive oil...

At Justice Questions in the House of Commons, I asked Dominic Raab MP (Minister for Human Rights and Civil Liberties) about the Governments consultation plans on the Human Rights Act:

"Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham) (Lab): The Minister is yet to issue his consultation on the repeal of the Human Rights Act and its replacement with a British Bill of Rights, but it is eight weeks until the Scottish Parliament is dissolved and goes into purdah—it is the same with Northern Ireland and Wales. Will he give an absolute guarantee that he will not squash out Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales from this important consultation by issuing his proposal before, or worse still during, the election purdah period? Will he give that absolute guarantee?

Mr Raab: There will be no squashing out of any of the devolved Administrations. We are already in detailed soundings. When we come to our consultation, there will be full consultation with all the devolved Administrations. There are clear rules and Cabinet Office guidance on purdah, and we will be mindful of them."

You can watch my question to the Minister and his answer here.

 

 

 

 

 

Parliamentary Question to Dominic Raab MP (Minister for Human Rights and Civil Liberties)

At Justice Questions in the House of Commons, I asked Dominic Raab MP (Minister for Human Rights and Civil Liberties) about the Governments consultation plans on the Human Rights Act:...

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Camberwell & Peckham Casework 2015

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Samantha Jury-Dada was today elected as Councillor for Faraday Ward. Congratulations to Samantha and to all the local members, councillors and everyone that campaigned to get her elected!

Faraday Result

Lab - 1072

LD - 255

Con - 117

Green - 138

UKIP - 93

Dean Porter - 47

APP - 38

Turnout 22.8%

 

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Results - Faraday By-Election

Samantha Jury-Dada was today elected as Councillor for Faraday Ward. Congratulations to Samantha and to all the local members, councillors and everyone that campaigned to get her elected! Faraday Result...

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Great to join Samantha Jury-Dada, Labour's candidate for Faraday ward, as well as local councillors and members campaigning to get Samantha elected on Thursday 21st January.

Samantha Jury-Dada said:

"Living locally off East Street, I want the best for my area and our community. I'll fight for a better Walworth - improved housing, better buses and opportunities for young people."

Campaigning in Faraday by-election

Great to join Samantha Jury-Dada, Labour's candidate for Faraday ward, as well as local councillors and members campaigning to get Samantha elected on Thursday 21st January. Samantha Jury-Dada said: "Living... Read more

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The Joint Committee on Human Rights writes to Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove, seeking assurance that the consultation period for the Government’s proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a revised Bill of Rights will not overlap with the dissolution of the Scottish Parliament and pre-election purdah period for the Scottish Government.

The current session of the Scottish Parliament will end at midnight on 23 March 2016 and dissolution will begin immediately after that on 24 March 2016. The Scottish Parliament and its committees will be unable to contribute to the consultation once dissolved.

The Electoral Commission has already published the timetable for the Scottish Parliament elections on 5 May 2016 and guidance issued for the purdah period in 2011 stated that this period began with dissolution so in 2016 purdah will begin on 24 March 2016. 

There is further information in the section on consultations in the purdah or “pre-election” guidance issued in February 2011 before the last Scottish Parliament elections (see Note 9, p15).

Concern arose following a visit the JCHR undertook to Edinburgh last week to meet the Scottish Parliament's European and External Relations Committee, the Scottish Human Rights Commission, representatives from The Scottish Youth Parliament, Trade Unions, NGOs, academics and lawyers to discuss, amongst other things, the Government's proposal to repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a Bill of Rights.

The letter (found here) notes Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove’s previous promise to JCHR to engage with the devolved administrations and consult with all citizens of the United Kingdom, in his letter dated 27 November, and seeks assurance that no part of the consultation period will overlap with purdah/dissolution. The JCHR letter further notes that this will be a matter of importance not only for Scotland but also for Wales and Northern Ireland.

Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP, Chair of the JCHR, said:

"There has been a lot of debate in Scotland about the proposal to repeal the Human Rights Act.  The Scottish Parliament has, through its European and External Relations Committee, considered the issue of the potential implications for Scotland of the repeal of the Human Rights Act and its replacement with a British Bill of Rights in some considerable depth. [The] Government's forthcoming consultation would undoubtedly benefit from their contribution.

We are concerned to ensure that the voice of Scotland is fully heard. We need to be able to hear from them to benefit from their views and experience."

Bill of Rights: ensure Scotland's voice is fully heard

The Joint Committee on Human Rights writes to Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove, seeking assurance that the consultation period for the Government’s proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act...

Harriet Harman MP has today written to Southwark Council calling on them to review their reimbursement and compensation policy for estate residents in Camberwell and Peckham following the continuous disruption to hot water and heating services.

This is a major problem as nearly 4000 properties have been affected in Camberwell and Peckham in the last 18 months.

Harriet Harman MP for Camberwell & Peckham said:

 “My constituents are experiencing repeated problems with their heating and hot water services this winter. I have today written to Councillor Richard Livingstone, Cabinet Member for Housing at Southwark Council asking him to review the Council’s reimbursement and compensation policy to ensure that the process for affected residents is straightforward, fair and efficient.

  • Residents should not have to apply to the Council for compensation when it is clear that there is a loss of an essential service like heating, hot water or gas. The council should automatically compensate them.
  • Residents should be reimbursed for the additional energy costs incurred during the period without heating and hot water.
  • Residents expect a reliable heating and hot water service and it is inconvenient for them to have to deal with these disruptions on such regular basis.
  • There should not have to be a consecutive period of 24 hours without heating and hot water before a rebate is given.
  • The compensation process is taking too long. It has taken nearly a year for all residents on the Gloucester Grove and North Peckham Estates to receive their agreed compensation, and some people may have moved out and not received what they are owed “

Harman calls for a review of Southwark Council’s compensation policy following repeated heating and hot water disruptions

Harriet Harman MP has today written to Southwark Council calling on them to review their reimbursement and compensation policy for estate residents in Camberwell and Peckham following the continuous disruption...

Today MPs voted on whether or not to abolish maintenance grants of up to £3387 which go to the poorest students to make sure that students from low income households can go into further and higher education.

Now the Conservative Government have abolished these maintenance grants. Currently over 6,000 Southwark students depend on maintenance grants for financial support to help them get educational qualifications.

Speaking after voting against the abolition of maintenance grants today, Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP said:

“Im disappointed that 6230 (academic year 13/14) students from Southwark, and over 500,000 nationally, will be affected by the abolition of maintenance grants that this Conservative Government have just forced through.

Whilst interim leader in June 2015 I condemned abolition of maintenance grants in my budget response to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Grants provide vital support for students in Camberwell and Peckham and ensure that poorer students do not leave university with greater debts than their more privileged peers. You can read my speech here.

The government should be doing all it can to ensure that those from the poorest backgrounds reach their full potential. This change would do the opposite, and could make poorer students think twice about going into higher education due to the considerable debts they will rack-up in the process.

Southwark students have every bit as much a right to go to university as students from better off backgrounds.  It’s important for the economy of this country that everyone is able to fulfil their full potential and are not held back from higher education by lack of funds.”

Over 6k Southwark students to lose out as Government axes maintenance grants for poorest students

Today MPs voted on whether or not to abolish maintenance grants of up to £3387 which go to the poorest students to make sure that students from low income households...

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The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) today visits Edinburgh to hear the views of a range of stakeholders in Scotland, including the Scottish Parliament’s European and External Affairs Committee, the Scottish Youth Parliament, legal experts and human rights campaigners.

The visit aims to raise awareness of the Committee’s work and encourage involvement in their future inquiries.

The JCHR is a joint committee of the House of Commons and House of Lords. Its remit is to scrutinise government policy and legislation on human rights, including the response to judgements of UK and European courts on human rights issues.

The Committee is currently undertaking an inquiry into the use of drones for targeted killing and is expected to launch an inquiry into the Government’s proposed UK Bill of Rights in the near future.

Ahead of the visit, Committee chair Harriet Harman said:

"We are pleased to be in Scotland to meet with the lawyers, campaigners and officials who we hope will make a valuable contribution to our future inquiries. The foundation of our work is well informed evidence provided by those with first-hand experience of the subject. It is particularly important that we build links here so that our reports give full consideration to the impact of human rights policy on the whole of the United Kingdom, including the devolved nations and independent legal systems within it."

Joint Committee on Human Rights visits Holyrood

The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) today visits Edinburgh to hear the views of a range of stakeholders in Scotland, including the Scottish Parliament’s European and External Affairs Committee,...

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Today the Prime Minister appeared at the House of Commons Liaison Committee. The Liaison Committee is a body made up of all the chairs of Select Committees.

In my role as Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights I questioned the Prime Minister on:

  • If he would publish a coherent policy on targeted drone strikes
  • And if he would allow the Intelligence and Security Committee to properly scrutinise these targeted killings

You can watch the full hearing here: http://bit.ly/1RJsmd6 - my questions are at 16:26.

After the session I said:

 “The PM sought to give the impression today that he is allowing the ISC to scrutinise the targeted killing of Reyaad Khan in Syria in August.

But under questioning from the Liaison Committee Chair Andrew Tyrie MP he was forced to admit he is not allowing this scrutiny.

It’s not acceptable that he is clearly frustrating the scrutiny work of the ISC who he appointed and who are all security cleared.”

You can read a press article on the hearing here: http://bit.ly/1RKzo0Z

 

Questions to the Prime Minister on drone strikes at Liaison Committee

Today the Prime Minister appeared at the House of Commons Liaison Committee. The Liaison Committee is a body made up of all the chairs of Select Committees. In my role...

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Ahead of the Faraday By-Election on 21st January, I joined local members and councillors to campaign for Labour's candidate Samantha Jury-Dada. 

Samantha played a big role in the  Bermondsey & Old Southwark election earlier this year, leading student campaigning as Chair of LSE Labour Club. She has worked alongside our Lambeth and Southwark GLA candidate Florence Eshalomi and Tessa Jowell on a review of stop and search and led a successful campaign on legal loan sharks.

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Faraday By-Election Campaigning

Ahead of the Faraday By-Election on 21st January, I joined local members and councillors to campaign for Labour's candidate Samantha Jury-Dada.  Samantha played a big role in the  Bermondsey &...

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St John's & St Clement's Year 5 pupils invited me to hear about their book fundraising project, Better Books, which was a part of the all school topic 'Power to the People'. Their aim was to have better resources in their classroom.

They explained how they decided as a group to raise funds at the Christmas fair and by holding cake sales. They raised almost £300 which was more than they needed and decided that they would donate the extra funds to a school in Cumbria following the recent floods.

Deputy Headteacher Anna Harding, also invited me to participate in a Q&A with Year 5 and Year 6 pupils.

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St Johns & St Clements C of E Primary School Visit

St John's & St Clement's Year 5 pupils invited me to hear about their book fundraising project, Better Books, which was a part of the all school topic 'Power to...

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Please find my monthly newsletter for November and December 2015 here: www.bit.ly/1JKvX9o .

 

 

November & December Newsletter

  Please find my monthly newsletter for November and December 2015 here: www.bit.ly/1JKvX9o .    

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Labour Women's Network held their annual Christmas reception at Labour Headquarters this evening. Around 100 Labour women attended and Olivia Bailey, Chair of LWN, asked me to say a few words. Other speakers included Kate Green, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, and Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP.

 

Labour Women's Network Event

Labour Women's Network held their annual Christmas reception at Labour Headquarters this evening. Around 100 Labour women attended and Olivia Bailey, Chair of LWN, asked me to say a few...

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This weekend was borough-wide campaigning in Livesey Ward. We were campaigning for Sadiq Khan MP ahead of the London Mayoral elections in May. I joined Florence Eshalomi, Labour's Greater London Assembly candidate for Lambeth and Southwark, and local members and Councillors to hear about the issues on the doorstep that matter to the residents of Livesey.  

 

 

Livesey Borough-wide Campaigning

This weekend was borough-wide campaigning in Livesey Ward. We were campaigning for Sadiq Khan MP ahead of the London Mayoral elections in May. I joined Florence Eshalomi, Labour's Greater London...

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The Political Studies Association held their annual awards ceremony in Westminster this evening.  I was delighted to be awarded the Associations Lifetime Achievement in Politics Award 2015. The awards evening was hosted by Channel 4 journalist and presenter Jon Snow and the award was presented by BBC's political correspondent Iain Watson.

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Political Studies Association Awards 2015

The Political Studies Association held their annual awards ceremony in Westminster this evening.  I was delighted to be awarded the Associations Lifetime Achievement in Politics Award 2015. The awards evening...

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Head teacher Jennifer Parris invited me to visit St Mary Magdalene C of E Primary School in Peckham following their International School award by the British Council. It was given for their commitment to providing a rich and creative range of international work to the curriculum.

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As part of my visit I was invited to speak with Key Stage 2 pupils as part of their inspirational speaker’s programme and I was given an excellent tour by year 6 pupil and chairperson of the school council, Toluwani. Before I left I also joined the whole school assembly for a Q&A session. I also got the chance to catch up and chat with Parents in the school playground.

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St Mary Magdalene C of E Primary School Visit

Head teacher Jennifer Parris invited me to visit St Mary Magdalene C of E Primary School in Peckham following their International School award by the British Council. It was given...

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This evening I joined a roundtable discussion chaired by Andy Slaughter MP, Shadow Minister for Human Rights, to discuss the governments proposals to scrap the Human Rights Act. We were also joined by leading human rights experts from Liberty, Amnesty, Justice as well as representatives from trade unions, the legal profession and others. We discussed our response to the government's proposals.

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The Labour Party: Defending the Human Rights Act Event

This evening I joined a roundtable discussion chaired by Andy Slaughter MP, Shadow Minister for Human Rights, to discuss the governments proposals to scrap the Human Rights Act. We were...

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Great to join local party members and councillors for the annual Camberwell and Peckham Labour Party gala dinner. We were delighted to have London Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan MP as our guest speaker and thanks to Neil Coyle MP for his support too!

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Camberwell & Peckham CLP Gala Dinner

Great to join local party members and councillors for the annual Camberwell and Peckham Labour Party gala dinner. We were delighted to have London Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan MP as our...

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