Harriet Harman

Labour Member of Parliament for Camberwell & Peckham

Deputy Leader

I was delighted in June 2007 I won the campaign to become Deputy Leader of the Labour party. It is an honour and a privilege to be elected to serve in this position.

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"It is an honour and a privilege to be elected as your deputy leader. Thank you.

It will be an honour and a privilege to work alongside Gordon Brown, our new leader and new prime minister.

I am confident about the future. And I think the party is too. We feel confident because, 10 years on from Tony Blair leading Labour into government, we are proud of what we have achieved.

 

We remember how things have changed. I will never forget how, at my advice surgeries in Peckham Town Hall when we were in opposition, my constituents would hand me their pay slips showing £1.60 an hour.

The national minimum wage put an end to that. There would have been no national minimum wage without Labour.

I will never forget my constituents showing me letters from Kings College Hospital saying 'you have an appointment for your hip operation - it's in two years', three months' time'.

That no longer happens now. Waiting lists have fallen dramatically. But we know the doubling of investment in the NHS would never have happened without Labour.

Nor will I forget the woman in my constituency who said to me, 'I've got two lads indoors. One's 19 and one's 21. Neither has had a day's work or training since they left school. Can you help?'

But I couldn't help. We couldn't help until we kicked the Tories out and Labour was in government.

 

The deputy leader contest has been good for this party.

You have spelt out loud and clear how you want our politics to change and the issues where you want action for the future.

You have said: You joined the party to have a say, not just to be a leadership supporters club.

You want us to listen, but you know there are tough decisions to be made in government and you want us to face up to those decisions, not run away from them.

You want unity, discipline and debate.

You want us to acknowledge the anger and division caused by Iraq. And we do. But we must give our total support to our armed forces as they support Iraq's fragile democracy.

You want our plans to be debated and presented to parliament, not briefed and spun to the media.

You want a party that will stand up for every family -  in the south as well as the north, in middle England as well as our heartlands.

You want a party which will build consensus, not division, in every corner of Britain.

A Labour party which unites the south as well as the north, women as well as men, that supports families with ambition and aspiration, working hard for their future.

 

I see my mandate from this deputy leadership election as being about the general election to come; the battle to beat the Tories across our nation.

So I will work to reach out to win people back to Labour in the crucial marginal seats, in Crawley and Enfield, in Basildon and Dorset, in middle England and across Britain, relentlessly focused on where we need to win.

This contest has shown that we can dare to disagree and argue about the way ahead because we are strong in our shared principles and common values. So we should never be afraid to debate the things that matter.

We are the stronger because we have the courage to debate our differences.

One thing we must never forget is that we are a progressive party and our ideas for the future are radical just as they were in 1997.

In 1997, we listened to and understood the problems that people faced. We drew up plans to tackle them. And we won support for those plans. Sometimes it was a fight.

 

 Britain faces new challenges in 2007 at home and abroad.

And during the deputy leadership campaign, I heard what you said. And you want action.

Action to tackle the shortage of affordable housing.

Action to do as much for youth services as we've done for children under five.

Action to ensure better support for families with older relatives.

Action to guarantee equal treatment in the workplace.

Action to improve our environment.

These are challenges that face our heartlands and our marginals. These are challenges that face everyone in Britain. And it will be this Labour government that has the will and the experience to tackle these challenges.

1997 - we were radical then. We will not be conservative now.

 

Conference, we've got a new leader. We should be saying to the country, if it's experience, substance, strength and principles you want - then Gordon Brown's your man.

But if what you're after is opportunism, weakness and no sense of direction - then it's David Cameron.

I don't want to embark on a Gwyneth Paltrow moment but I do have to say some 'thank yous'.

To my fellow candidates - we spent more time together than we have with our own families.

It's been good-natured and comradely. It's been a serious debate about ideas. And each one of you has made a difference to the contest. Just as the contest has made a difference to the party.

I must thank my brilliant and hard-working campaign team led by Joan Ruddock and Mike Foster.

And I want to thank Neil Kinnock for his support for me. You know, Tony, Gordon and I, we were all Neil's apprentices.

And I must thank my family who have an unreasonable belief in me. And that in turn gives me my commitment that Labour is, and must remain, the party of the family.

  

I have always tried to be a champion for women and, as deputy leader, that's what I will do.

It feels like politics has come a long way since I first entered parliament in 1982.

Today we have 97 strong Labour women MPs - but back then, I was one of only 10 Labour women in a parliament of 3% women and 97% men.

I must also thank my constituents in Camberwell and Peckham who have elected me as their MP for 25 years and who have always been my political sounding-board.

And I want to pay tribute to my 700-strong constituency Labour party. Peckham is a hard-pressed inner-city area. But it is dynamic and diverse.

To be in Peckham is to have a window on the world. For Britain, a small country, understanding the challenges and opportunities of globalisation is the key to our future prosperity and security.

 

 You have elected me as your deputy leader. With a top leadership team of a man and woman, Labour once again leads the way.

And I want to make this promise:

I will listen to and be a voice for the Labour Party.

I will do all I can to strive for justice and fairness.

I will support Gordon as he takes on the immense responsibility of leadership not just of this party but of the country. Under Gordon's leadership and working together united with all of you.

We will rebuild the party.

We will renew our plans for the future.

We will expose the hollow sham that is Cameron's Conservative Party.

We will build a fairer Britain and win a fourth term for Labour."


                    

Since I was elected I have been campaigning all over the UK. So far I have visited:

 

2015

 

May - Plymouth Devonport & Sutton - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

May - Plymouth Moor View - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

 

April - Vauxhall - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

April - Leamington Spa - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

April - Warwickshire North - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

April - Glasgow East - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

April - Brighton Pavillion - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

April - Finchley & Golders Green - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

April - Enfield North - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

April - Crawley - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

 

March - Dudley South - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

March - Halesowen & Rowley Regis - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

March - Wolverhampton South West - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

March - Finchley & Golders Green - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

March - Gloucester - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

March - South Swindon - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

March - Harrow East - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

March - Brent Central - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

March - Cardiff Central/South - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

March - Cardiff North - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

March - Colne Valley - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

March - Elmet & Rothwell - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

March - Great Grimsby - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

March - Sherwood - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

March - Ashfield - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

March - Bermondsey & Old Southwark - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

March - Carlisle - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

March - Tamworth - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

March - Rugby - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

March - Stockton South - Woman to Woman campaign tour 

 

 

February - Stevenage - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

February - Croydon Central - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

February - Battersea - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

February - Bermondsey & Old Southwark - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

February - Hastings & Rye - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

February - Brighton Kemptown - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

February - Bedford - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

February - Cambridge - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

February - Darwen & Rossendale - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

February - Heywood & Middleton - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

February - Bury North - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

February - Wirral West - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

February - Weaver Vale - Woman to Woman Campaign tour

 

 

 

2014

 

November - Salford - Nations and Regions Media Conference 2014

November - Blackpool – North West Regional Labour Conference

 

 

October - Northampton North – Labour dinner

October - Leicester – East Midlands regional Labour conference

October - Cambridge – You Gov panel discussion and campaigning 

October - By election visit Rochester & Strood

October - Buxton, High Peak Visit & Creative Councillors Network meeting

October - West Cliff Theatre visit and Campaigning in Clacton-On-Sea

October - Meeting residents and Pensioners in Heywood and Middleton

 

September - Labour Party Conference - Manchester

September  - Campaigning in Glasgow, Scotland September - Campaigning in Paisley, Scotland

September - Arts visit to Tate Liverpool

 

August - Ealing - #TheChoice speech

August - Campaiging in Edinburgh

August - Edinburgh Festival

 

July - Launch of the IF Festival in Milton Keynes

July - National Policy Forum in Milton Keynes July - Launch of Purna Sen Campaign in Brighton

 

June - Shadow Cabinet meeting in Nantgarw, Wales June - Visit to Sport Wales - Cardiff, Wales

June - Campaigning in Newark ahead of the by-election

 

May - Campaigning in Stroud May - Older Women's meeting in Pendle

May - Campaigning in Great Yarmouth May - Campaigning in Thurrock May - Oxford

May Festival May - National Election 2014 Launch in Redbridge

May - Brighton Festival

 

April - Local Election Launch in Milton Keynes

April - Campaigning in Bermondsey and Old Southwark

April - Arts visit in Bermondsey and Old Southwark April - Campaign day in Carlisle

 

March - Welsh Labour Conference, Women's Summit - Llandudno

March - Scottish Labour Conference - Perth March - South East Regional Labour conference in Crawley

March - WOW - Royal Festival Hall March - Labour's Special Conference in London March - Labour Local Government Conference in London

 

February - Bradford Labour Youth Conference February - Suffolk Coastal CLP members meeting

February - Roundtable with older women shopworkers - Croydon Central

 

January - Wythenshawe and Sale East By-Election

January - Progress conference in Watford

January - Cowdenbeath By-election - Campaign day

January - Campaign day in Swindon - Cost of Cameron

 

2013

 

December - Morley and Outwood annual Christmas Dinner

 

November - Members meeting to discuss party reform in Ipswich

November - Eastern Regional Conference in Luton November - Hearing from young people on politics and party reform in Reading

November - Campaigning on childcare costs in Reading November - Energy day of action visit to Brentford and Isleworth November - Campaigning for Labour's energy freeze in Battersea

 

October - Campaigning in Warwick and Leamington October - North Warwickshire fundraiser

 

September – Labour Party Annual Conference in Brighton    September – Bournemouth TUC speech September – Basildon

 

August – Edinburgh Festival

 

July – East Midlands Regional Conference – Leicester De Montfort Uni July – Bristol Launch of the One Nation Arts    

 

June – Campaigning in Margate and Arts visit

June – Labour National Policy Forumn in Birmingham June – Campaigning in Aberdeen

June – East Midlands Women’s conference and Ashfield fundraising dinner          

 

April – Campaigning in South Shields

April – Campaigning in Dover April – Campaigning in Hastings

April – Scottish Labour Conference in Inverness

April – Local Election Launch in Derbyshire

April – Local Election Launch in Nottinghamshire   

 

March – Campaigning in Cornwall

March – PPF in Birmingham March - Welsh Conference in Llundudno and Older Women’s Commission meeting

March – Brussels European Parliament visit March – Campaigning in Milton Keynes

 

Feb – Older Women’s Commission meeting in Durham      

Feb – Campaigning in Eastleigh 

Feb – LGA Cllrs conference in Nottingham  

 

January – South West regional Conference in Exeter January – Glasgow

 

2012

 

December – Cardiff arts visit

November – Birmingham Richard Burden fundraiser, Redditch visit

November – Campaigning in Bristol   

November – Campaigning in Croydon   

November – Campaigning in Corby   

November – Campaigning in Manchester Central  

November – Eastern Regional Conference in Norwich

November – Campaigning in Rotherham 

 

October - Dartford fundraiser   

October – Lewisham fundraiser   

October – Harrow fundraiser   

October – Ilford South fundraiser  

October – Campaigning in Newcastle and visit to Wallsend boys club

 

September – Campaigning in Corby    

September – Annual Labour Party conference in Manchester

 

August – Edinburgh Festival and TV festival  

  

June – Launching Police and Crime Commissioner elections in Cambridge

June – Campaigning in  Stoke-on-Trent   

June – Reading – Progress conference  

June – London – Fabian conference

 

May- Campaigning in Harlow      

May – Campaigning for Mayoral elections in London 

 

April - Local election launch in Birmingham 

April – London – Westminster North  

April – Arts roundtable and campaigning in Exeter      

April – Campaigning in Crawley     

April – Women’s manifesto launch, Westminster

April- Arts visit and campaigning in the Wirral      

April – Tower Hamlets fundraiser 

April – Campaigning in Sheffield

 

March – LGA Culture Tourism and Sport visit in Cardiff 

March – LGA Labour Group Spring Conference  

March – Campaigning in New Cross  

March – TUC media Conference    

March – Bradford West visit  

March – Campaigning and sports visit in Derby   

March – Campaigning in Leeds 

 

February  – Manchester & Salford  arts and media visits     

February  – Southampton – South East regional conference

February – Welsh Regional Conference in Cardiff 

February – Scotland – Glasgow   

February – Northern Regional Conference in Sunderland

February – Annual gala dinner in Croydon 

 

2011

 

December – Mitcham and Morden CLP fundraising dinner

December – Bromley CLP Fundraiser

December – Fundraising dinner in Milton Keynes

December – Campaigning in Feltham and Heston

 

November – London GLA fundraising dinner

November – West Midlands regional conference in Coventry

November – Campaigning in Redbridge November – Eastern Regional Conference in Peterborough

 

October – Colchester CLP dinner

 

September – Ealing and Hillingdon fundraising dinner

September – Lambeth and Southwark gala dinner

 

March - Nuneaton Council campaigning

March - Women against the cuts - TUC

March for the Alternative, London

March - Council campaigning in York

March - Battersea CLP dinner

March - Oxford University Labour Club visit, and campaigning in Vale of White Horse council

March - Campaigning in Cardiff North March - Vale of Glamorgan CLP dinner

 

February - South West regional conference, Plymouth

February - Welsh Regional Conference, Llandudno

February - Meeting with MEPs, Brussels

 

January - Campaigning in Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election

 

2010

 

December - Labour Party Women's Dinner, London

 

November - Hull CLP Dinner

November - London Labour Conference, Stratford

November -Derby Fundraising dinner

November - Eastern Regional Conference

November -Thousand Club Winter Reception, London

 

October - Campaigning in Tower Hamlets Mayoral election

October - Eltham CLP Fundraiser

October - Scottish Conference, Oban

 

September - Labour Party Annual Conference, Manchester

 

July - New members web chat

July - Campaigning, council by-elections, Barking

July - New Members Meeting, Stratford

 

June - Unite Conference June - Brussels visit

 

May - Thirsk and Malton visit

 

March - Islington fundraiser

March - North East regional conference

March - Nuneaton campaigning

March - Sheffield

 

February - Barking

February - Brent

February - Eltham

February - South East Regional Conference

February - Campaigning in Swindon

February - Yorkshire and Humber Regional Conference

February - Barking Visit

February - Arts Centre and Campaigning Visit, Swindon

February - Visit to Eltham SureStart Centre

February - Leicester Brite Centre and SureStart visit

 

January - Quarterly Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) Meeting, London

January - Prospective Parliamentary Candidates Event, London

January - Hackney Labour Women's Forum, London

January - Labour Party Members Dinner, Brent

January - Labour Party Members Burns Supper, Edinburgh

January - Progressive London conference January - Edinburgh Burns Night Dinner

 

2009

 

December - East Midlands Labour Party Members Awards Dinner, Nottingham

December - Labour Party Members Annual Christmas Dinner, Harlow

 

November - Harlow

November - Eastern Region conference, Stevenage

November - North West Regional Conference

November - Campaigning in Glasgow North East by election

November - Campaigning with OULC in Oxford

November - Labour Party By-Election campaigning, Glasgow North East

November - North-West Labour Party Regional Conference, Southport

November - Labour Party campaigning, West Lancashire

November - BNP Taskforce Meeting, London

November - East Midlands Labour Party Members meeting, Nottingham

November - Meeting with Young Labour, London

November - East of England Labour Party Regional Conference, Stevenage

November - Labour Party campaigning, Oxford

November - Oxford University Labour Party Dinner, Oxford

November - Labour Party By-Election campaigning, Glasgow North East

 

October - Visit to Cardiff North Constituency, Cardiff

October - Women's Race and Equality Meeting, London

October - Labour Party campaigning, Luton North

October - Labour Party Members Dinner, Ealing Southall

October - Quarterly Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) Meeting, London

October - Ealing Southall dinner

 

June - Labour Party Campaigning, Islington South

June - Luton

 

May - Labour Party Campaigning, Brixton

May - Labour Party Campaigning, Bassetlaw

May - Labour Party Campaigning, Newcastle

May - Labour Party Campaigning, Bristol

May - Surestart visit, Milton Keynes May - BAME bus, London Lauch, Southall

May - Judith Hart Lecture, Scotland

 

April - Labour's Welsh Conference, Swansea

April - Campaigning in Amber Valley

April - Campaigning in Pendle

April - Labour's National Youth Event, Gillingham

April - Labour's Local Government Confernence, London

April - Labour's South East Regional Conference, Gillingham

 

March - Labour's Scottish Conference, Dundee March - LGBT campaign launch, Soho, London

March - Paisley North campaign launch

 

February- Sheffield Regional Conference

February - Visit to the Brussels EPLP February- Launch BAME campaign bus

February - Southampton Regional Cabinet and meeting with local party members

February - Bristol NPF & S West regional conference

 

January - Liverpool Cabinet + meeting with local Party members

 

2008

 

January - Gt Yarmouth meeting Party members and talking with voters

January - Lowestoft Party members and Q&A with Bob Blizzard MP

January - Edinburgh meeting Party members and talking with voters

January - Burns Night supper with Nigel Griffiths MP, local members and others

 

February  -Brussels Speech at The Centre to MEPs members and others

February - Llandudno, speech to Wales Labour Party Conference and speaking at Welsh Women's Summit

Feb - Stevenage Constituency Labour Party dinner with Barbara Follett MP

Feb - Birmingham Labour Party Spring Conference

 

March - Hastings Constituency Labour Party dinner with Mike Foster MP

March - Hove, South East Labour Party Conference

March - Stevenage Launch of local elections campaign with Prime Minister and Barbara Follett MP

March -Scotland Scottish Labour Conference

 

April - Southwark Campaigning for Ken Livingstone and Labour's Greater London Authority candidates

April - Bolton and Oldham Campaigning with local government candidates

April - Tower Hamlets Campaigning with Greater London Authority candidates

April - Sheffield Campaigning with local government candidates

April - Plymouth campaigning with local government candidates

April - Campaigning in Oxford East with Labour students and Andrew Smith MP

April - Nuneaton & Coventry campaigning with local government candidates

 

May - Crewe/Nantwich Campaign visit to by election

 

June - Henley Campaign visit to by election

 

July - Nottingham, East Midlands Labour Party Conference

July - Glasgow East Campaign visit for by election

 

September - Birmingham Cabinet meeting in West Midlands and Q&A with Local Party members

September - Basildon, meeting Party members and talking to voters with Angela Smith MP

September - Manchester Labour Party Annual Conference

 

October -Ramsgate Thanet South constituency Labour Party dinner with Steve Ladyman MP

 

November - St Austell, Cornwall - Labour Conference, with Ben Bradshaw and Labour's South West MPs and activists

November - Glenrothes Campaign visit to by election

November - Ipswich , Labour Party Regional Conference

November - London London Labour Party Biennial meeting

November - Southport, North West Regional Conference November - Leeds Cabinet meeting in Yorkshire and Q&A with party members

 

December - Portsmouth Constituency Labour Party dinner with Sarah McCarthy Fry MP December - Gloucester Constituency Labour Party dinner with Parmjit Dhanda MP

 

2007

Gillingham, Rainham, Ramsgate Bournemouth Corby Rugby Durham Reading Crawley Cardiff North Wales LP Womens Forum

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