Harriet Harman

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

Current News

There’s no doubt that people here in Southwark are feeling the squeeze right now.  Prices are going up, with big heating bills and rising food prices – while pay has been at a standstill.

Southwark News Column: Cost of Living Crisis - 13/02/2014

There’s no doubt that people here in Southwark are feeling the squeeze right now.  Prices are going up, with big heating bills and rising food prices – while pay has... Read more

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In 2012, I drew together a ‘Creative Camberwell & Peckham Advisory Panel’ so local creative people can share their views, advise me on my national brief as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, and help guide me as I support our creative sector in Southwark. This morning I met with over 50 members of the local creative community at the Camberwell College of Arts to hear their views on the development of the arts and creative industries in Camberwell & Peckham. We discussed the re-development of the Peckham Rye station area, the importance of inclusion and access, affordability of art space, and arts in the school curriculum

Creative Camberwell & Peckham Advisory Panel - 13/2/14

In 2012, I drew together a ‘Creative Camberwell & Peckham Advisory Panel’ so local creative people can share their views, advise me on my national brief as Shadow Secretary of...

There’s no doubt that people here in Southwark are feeling the squeeze right now.  Prices are going up, with big heating bills and rising food prices – while pay has been at a standstill.

Southwark News Column: Cost of Living Crisis - 13/2/14

There’s no doubt that people here in Southwark are feeling the squeeze right now.  Prices are going up, with big heating bills and rising food prices – while pay has... Read more

Southwark Council, in partnership with Network Rail and the Mayor of London, is making plans to develop the area around Peckham Rye station.This will involve the creation of new public spaces and re-development of the railway yards and arches as part of a broader programme of works to revitalise the station area. Today I met with Cllr Fiona Colley who is leading the Council's regeneration plans, Sally Green the project lead for Peckham Station area, and local ward councillor Nick Dolezal for a progress update and to raise the concerns my constituents have about some of the proposals.

Peckham Rye Station Re-Development Update - 11/2/14

Southwark Council, in partnership with Network Rail and the Mayor of London, is making plans to develop the area around Peckham Rye station.This will involve the creation of new public...

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On 31 January 2014, Peckham Space re-launched under the new name Peckham Platform and I was pleased to be invited to open the new organisation. They will continue to deliver an exciting exhibition programme, in the same space opposite the library at the heart of Peckham’s community, working with local schools and partners to increase local public involvement in the arts. Joined by local councillors Cleo Soanes, Veronica Ward and Ian Wingfield, along with candidate Johnson Situ, it was great to see the new space packed to overflowing!

Peckham Platform Launch - 31/01/14

On 31 January 2014, Peckham Space re-launched under the new name Peckham Platform and I was pleased to be invited to open the new organisation. They will continue to deliver...

Family Room

Families and family relationships are being hard hit by the stresses of austerity and cuts to childcare, and to family services like women’s refuges.  Good relationships are so important and we need more reflection of this in family policy.  These were just some of the though-provoking views I heard at the Family Room roundtable organised by the Family and Childcare Trust and chaired by Sam Smethers of Grandparents First, and involving Chief Executives from across the family sector, including Anne Longfield of 4Children, Ruth Sutherland of Relate, David Holmes of Family Action, Fiona Weir of Gingerbread and Carol Homden of Coram.

Family Room meeting - 29/01/2014

Families and family relationships are being hard hit by the stresses of austerity and cuts to childcare, and to family services like women’s refuges.  Good relationships are so important and...

Tessa Jowell and Simon Hughes joined me for an update meeting with senior Met police officers today to discuss progress on the police handling of allegations of rape and serious sexual offences following an IPCC investigation into the failures of a Southwark police unit to properly investigate rape and other serious sexual offences in 2008-09.

Southwark MP’s meeting with Met Police - 29/01/2014

Tessa Jowell and Simon Hughes joined me for an update meeting with senior Met police officers today to discuss progress on the police handling of allegations of rape and serious...

Peckham Platform is a public arts space next to Peckham Library that aims to increase local public involvement in the arts by working closely with community partners and established artists in Peckham. It works especially with young people and local schools including Harris Academy. This morning I met the Director, Emily Druiff and Richard Watts, Chair of the Trustees, to discuss how to widen local participation in the arts.

Peckham Platform meeting on local involvement in the arts - 29/01/2014

Peckham Platform is a public arts space next to Peckham Library that aims to increase local public involvement in the arts by working closely with community partners and established artists...

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This morning over 20 local child care providers from Camberwell & Peckham and representatives from Southwark Council attended a roundtable in the House of Commons to discuss the cost and availability of childcare in the constituency. A number of important issues were raised including the rising costs of childcare and the impact this is having on working parents especially those on low incomes; the recruitment, training and retention of staff; and the difficulties these small businesses face finding funding for overheads and investment.

Roundtable on Childcare in Camberwell & Peckham - 23.01.2014

This morning over 20 local child care providers from Camberwell & Peckham and representatives from Southwark Council attended a roundtable in the House of Commons to discuss the cost and...

One of the things parents are most concerned about is secondary school choice. I met with the Schools Minister, David Laws MP, together with Cllr Dora Dixon-Fyle, Southwark Council Cabinet Member for Children's Services, to raise my concerns. We discussed ways of improving the performance and perception of schools in the constituency and he offered to arrange further meetings including with Ofsted.

Meeting Schools Minister to discuss secondary school choice - 22/01/2014

One of the things parents are most concerned about is secondary school choice. I met with the Schools Minister, David Laws MP, together with Cllr Dora Dixon-Fyle, Southwark Council Cabinet...

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