Harriet Harman

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

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Joining local Labour Party members and councillors on a windy, rainy Saturday for campaigning on the Willowbrook Estate in Peckham. We also helped to clear a hoarding that had blown down and was blocking the road!

Campaigning in Peckham

Joining local Labour Party members and councillors on a windy, rainy Saturday for campaigning on the Willowbrook Estate in Peckham. We also helped to clear a hoarding that had blown... Read more

Most of us have experienced first-hand the excellent care given by Kings

College Hospital.  Kings has one of the busiest and best A&E departments in

London. And they do an excellent job with the resources they have. But the

challenges it faces are significant. The cracks are beginning to show and the

problems that we feared are beginning to become very clear.

 

I’m extremely concerned by the latest figures on A&E waiting times. In December 2014,

11% of people attending A&E waited more than 4 hours before being admitted or

discharged. Since the 1st January 2015 this has risen to 15%.

 
With people finding it harder to get to see their GP and home care services for

the elderly over stretched, more people go to A&E. And the stretch on home

care services means that some elderly patients stay longer in hospital than they

need or want. And that means queues build up as patients in A&E can’t be

found a bed.

 
The NHS is not safe in the Tories’ hands. Over the years I’ve fought hard

alongside my South London colleagues for Kings to be improved, not be pulled

back. My worry is that with the Tories and Lib Dems wasting billions of

pounds on NHS reorganisation, we are slipping back to the dark days before

Labour invested in hospitals like Kings to modernise the NHS and raise

standards.

 
The next Labour government will rescue the NHS with a £2.5 billion a year ‘Time to Care’

fund - on top of Tory spending plans - to fund new staff, including 8,000 more GPs. We will

also guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours or on the same day if you need it.

 

 
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Press Release: Increase in waiting times at Kings College Hopsital A&E

Most of us have experienced first-hand the excellent care given by Kings College Hospital.  Kings has one of the busiest and best A&E departments in London. And they do an...

Millions of missing women’s voices must be heard at this year’s election - Harman

New research shows that 9.1 million women did not vote in the 2010 General Election. 

Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, is going in search of these missing women’s voices to ensure they are heard, by voting in May.

The gap between women and men’s likelihood to vote is growing.

Research commissioned by Harriet Harman and undertaken by the House of Commons library shows that:

  • In the 2010 General Election there were an estimated 9.1 million women of voting age who did not vote, compared to 8 million men.
  • Between 1992 and 2010, turnout fell by 14 percentage points for women compared with 11 percentage points for men.
  • In 1992 voter turnout for women was higher than the turnout for men (women 78.2 per cent, men 77.2 per cent)
  • In 2005 voter turnout for women fell behind men and in 2010 voter turnout was three per cent lower for women than men (men 67 per cent, women 64 per cent.)

Harriet Harman MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party said:

“There’s a growing trend for people not to vote. And this is worrying for our democracy. It means fewer people are deciding on the hugely important issue of who should represent their local area and who should govern the country.

"And it’s a worrying sign that people feel that politics is out of touch with their lives and that whoever is in power will make no difference to them.  

"But it is striking that the fall in voting is even greater among women than among men. Women are less likely to vote than men and the gender voting gap is widening.  At the 2010 election, 9.1 million women did not vote. These are the missing millions of women who will be the focus of Labour's 'Missing Millions' campaign in the run up to this year’s General Election.

“We believe that this election will be a watershed for women in this country. Women had been making progress in their lives with the backing of the last Labour Government. But now, with this Tory-led government that progress is stalling and the clock is being turned back on equality.  

"Labour's campaign for women to vote will see Labour women bring politics to the school gate and the shopping centre as well as offices and factories.
 
 "Politics is every bit as important and relevant to the lives of women as it is to men. Labour has set itself the challenge to make this case to the missing millions of women voters.
 
"There's been a lot of talk about UKIP or the SNP holding the balance of power. The reality is that the 9.1 million women who did not vote in the last General Election will hold the balance of power and decide who walks into No 10."

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Notes to Editors:

Source: British Election Study 

 

 

1992

1997

2001

2005

2010

% change 92-10

'Missing' voters

Male

4,850,000

6,310,000

8,940,000

8,490,000

7,990,000

65%

Female

5,060,000

6,530,000

9,640,000

9,590,000

9,080,000

79%

Turnout

Male

77.2%

71%

59%

63%

67%

-11%

Female

78.2%

72%

60%

61%

64%

-14%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Statistics were obtained by the House of Commons Library using the British Election Study (BES) survey data. Please note that for survey data turnout is self-reported. Typically in surveys asking if people had voted the trend is that turnout is overstated (i.e. more people claim to have voted than actually did). The House of Commons library has adjusted for this by weighting reported turnout to actual turnout. The samples are not available by nationality so this data accounts for all people aged 18 or older.

In the time from 1992 – 2010 population growth was approximately 11%

 


Millions of missing women’s voices must be heard at this year’s election

Millions of missing women’s voices must be heard at this year’s election - Harman New research shows that 9.1 million women did not vote in the 2010 General Election.  Harriet Harman,...

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The Labour Party has been holding regional manifesto events engaging with community leaders and key activists across the country ahead of finalising the details of policies for Labour’s manifesto. This evening there the South East region held there event in Crawley. Over 60 people from Crawley and the surrounding areas attended. I joined Labours Parliamentary Candidate Chris Oxlade and Angela Eagle, Shadow Leader of the House and Chair of the NPF. During the meeting we discussed Housing and Education and Skills, two big areas of concern in Crawley, amongst other subjects. Following this discussion we then discussed how the regions can be given more of a voice in our political system and how people think sub-national devolution can be strengthened. 

Manifesto Event in Crawley

The Labour Party has been holding regional manifesto events engaging with community leaders and key activists across the country ahead of finalising the details of policies for Labour’s manifesto. This evening... Read more

The murder of staff at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris is a tragic and terrifying crime. 

Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues of those who died and we stand in solidarity with the French Government. 

But this crime has implications far beyond the tragic loss of those who died and beyond France.

There is a real concern that this crime will cause a chilling effect and undermine free speech.

We have to be clear that the right of free speech is a basic human right for every individual and no democracy can function without freedom of the press.

The right to satirise, to lampoon and to criticise is a freedom which we must celebrate and defend.  It was decades ago when, in this country, we abolished the law of blasphemy which criminalised satire directed at the church and decided that religion too should be subject to free speech.

All political parties in this country will be clear on this and we should be prepared to take all the steps necessary to assure our journalists and media that we will do everything we can to defend that right of free speech and guard against the chilling effect or the self-censorship that these murders might engender.

Satirists, journalists and anyone who works for a newspaper or publication should not have to live in a climate where they fear for their safety.

We must also guard against the danger that this murder will be used by Islamophobes or extremists to stir up religious and racial hatred.  Muslims in this country - as The Muslim Council of Britain has said - will be horrified by this attack on free speech and loss of life.

We must not allow free speech or our Muslim communities to be victims too in this terrible murder.

Press Release - Response from Harriet Harman to the murders at Charlie Hebdo

The murder of staff at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris is a tragic and terrifying crime.  Our thoughts are with the families, friends and colleagues of those who...

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Today I challenged Nick Clegg on the Lib Dem’s record in Government. Without the Lib Dems voting with the Tories in Government we would not have had the bedroom tax, tax cuts for millionaires, trebling of tuition fees and the dismantling of the NHS.

Challenging Nick Clegg at Deputy Prime Minister’s questions

Today I challenged Nick Clegg on the Lib Dem’s record in Government. Without the Lib Dems voting with the Tories in Government we would not have had the bedroom tax,... Read more

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Joining local congregations to celebrate Christmas at the House of Praise in Camberwell and Apostolic Faith Mission in Peckham.

Celebrating Christmas in Camberwell & Peckham

Joining local congregations to celebrate Christmas at the House of Praise in Camberwell and Apostolic Faith Mission in Peckham. Read more

For thousands of people in Southwark, Christmas Day will not be about feasting and having presents, it will be a struggle to put food on the table. The Southwark Food Bank in Peckham, run by Pecan, has helped over 3,000 people this year and half of these are families with children. Pecan is also giving 100 families a Christmas meal they can cook at home, providing some welcome cheer at this festive time of year.

I really pay tribute to all the people who donate food to food banks and all the volunteers who run food banks. But in this day and age, to have so many people in Southwark – in one of the richest cities in the world - having to turn to a food bank to go and get free food is shocking and totally unacceptable.

The problem is not the fault of the people who go to the food bank. The problem is the fault of a system which leaves people at the end of the week, let alone at the end of the month, with not enough money to live on. 

Many of the people who go to food banks are working. One in five of people who go out to work don’t earn enough to live on in Britain. And low pay comes at a huge cost. Working in a job that pays low wages is forcing people to make impossible choices such as between buying food and paying the rent. The consequence of not paying the rent is eviction which is why so many people choose to go without food and end up having to go to a food bank.

A recent Parliamentary report on food banks showed that more than half the demand at food banks was caused by problems in the benefits system. At Southwark Food Bank, 40% of people seeking assistance do so because of benefit changes or delays.

Benefits sanctions - cutting people off from their benefits, often at very short notice, for example for missing an appointment - means people having to wait a long time before they can get back into the system and receive the benefits they are entitled to.

Really long Government delays in administering Personal Independence Payments has created unnecessary uncertainty, stress and financial costs for sick and disabled people and their families. And the Bedroom Tax has made 3,500 families in Southwark worse off and put many of them in debt and rent arrears for the first time.

The people who go to food banks are not on a budget; they’re people who’ve run out of money to buy food because rent and energy bills are going up, or their benefits have been stopped because of problems with the system. That’s why the next Labour government will help reduce the demand for food banks by tackling the problem of low pay and the cost of living crisis. We will raise the Minimum Wage, introduce a Living Wage, end the abuse of zero-hours contracts, freeze energy bills, and abolish the unfair Bedroom Tax.

*The print version of this article is slightly shorter.

Southwark News column - Food banks in a rich city

For thousands of people in Southwark, Christmas Day will not be about feasting and having presents, it will be a struggle to put food on the table. The Southwark Food...

Shadow Culture Secretary Harriet Harman welcomed the appointment of Sharon White as Chief Executive of the OFCOM:

“I welcome Sharon to her new role and look forward to working with her.

“OFCOM is an important regulator with one of the widest remits and covers areas which are important to consumers and business and Sharon will bring a wealth of experience of the public sector and government to the organisation.”

Appointment of Sharon White, Chief Executive of OFCOM

Shadow Culture Secretary Harriet Harman welcomed the appointment of Sharon White as Chief Executive of the OFCOM: “I welcome Sharon to her new role and look forward to working with...

Shadow Culture Secretary Harriet Harman welcomed the appointment of Darren Henley as Chief Executive of the Arts Council England:

“I welcome Darren to his this new role and look forward to working with him.

“The Arts Council England must continue its important work to ensure that arts and culture are accessible to everyone, from all walks of life, all ethnicities, across all regions - not just London - in tough economic times.

“Darren’s experience in the commercial sector and his passion for music education will stand him in good stead to do this.”

Appointment of Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England

Shadow Culture Secretary Harriet Harman welcomed the appointment of Darren Henley as Chief Executive of the Arts Council England: “I welcome Darren to his this new role and look forward...

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The Women's Safety Charter is a pioneering initiative by Southwark Council to tackle the problem of sexual harassment, part of a long term plan to cultivate a culture that ensures women of all ages and backgrounds grow up in a borough that is safe to live, work and travel in.

Launching Southwark Women's Safety Charter

The Women's Safety Charter is a pioneering initiative by Southwark Council to tackle the problem of sexual harassment, part of a long term plan to cultivate a culture that ensures... Read more

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Joining our hardworking postal workers at the busy delivery office in Camberwell.

Christmas Visit to Royal Mail Delivery Office in Camberwell

Joining our hardworking postal workers at the busy delivery office in Camberwell.

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Joining local councillors on the Elmington Estate in Camberwell on a sunny Saturday morning, to talk to local residents about the issues they are concerned about.

Campaigning in Camberwell Green

Joining local councillors on the Elmington Estate in Camberwell on a sunny Saturday morning, to talk to local residents about the issues they are concerned about.

Labour is going to run a vibrant, energetic and inclusive women’s campaign. I will be working with our Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, Gloria De Piero, and Vice Chair of the Election Campaign, Lucy Powell and together we will ensure that there is a strong offer for women in our manifesto; with a team of women alongside men speaking for Labour and with a women’s tour across every English region in Scotland and in Wales. We want to get into government so we can build on our record and continue to deliver for women.

 

To read the full article please click here.

Women will be at the heart of Labour’s election campaign

Labour is going to run a vibrant, energetic and inclusive women’s campaign. I will be working with our Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, Gloria De Piero, and Vice Chair...

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Today I challenged Nick Clegg at PMQs on the Government’s record on women. The Coalition government has taken a number of decisions which have disproportionately adversely affected women. 

Challenging Nick Clegg on the Government’s record on women at PMQs

Today I challenged Nick Clegg at PMQs on the Government’s record on women. The Coalition government has taken a number of decisions which have disproportionately adversely affected women.  Read more

Harriet Harman MP, Labour’s Deputy Leader, will take a leading role in Labour’s general election campaign to win the support of women voters. 

HARRIET HARMAN TO LEAD LABOUR’S GENERAL ELECTION FIGHT FOR WOMEN AS TORY WOMEN PROBLEM DEEPENS

Harriet Harman MP, Labour’s Deputy Leader, will take a leading role in Labour’s general election campaign to win the support of women voters.  Read more

Please read my submission to the Transport for London consultation on the proposed Bakerloo Line extension here.

Submission to the Transport for London consultation on the Bakerloo Line extension

Please read my submission to the Transport for London consultation on the proposed Bakerloo Line extension here.

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This weekend was Small Business Saturday and in support of small local businesses I was joined by local councillor Lorraine Lauder on a trip to East Street market in Walworth, where I heard from traders about the challenges they are facing.

Small Business Saturday

This weekend was Small Business Saturday and in support of small local businesses I was joined by local councillor Lorraine Lauder on a trip to East Street market in Walworth,...

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Joining councillors and local Labour Party members for a door knock in Faraday to talk to local residents about the issues they are concerned about.

Campaigning in Faraday

  Joining councillors and local Labour Party members for a door knock in Faraday to talk to local residents about the issues they are concerned about.

The world renowned artist and sculptor Anish Kapoor has worked in Camberwell for over 25 years. This morning I visited his studios and saw a number of interesting works in progress. We talked about how important it is that everyone - especially young people - has access to the arts, and the role schools can play in encouraging children to explore and develop their creativity.

Visit to Anish Kapoor's Camberwell Studios

The world renowned artist and sculptor Anish Kapoor has worked in Camberwell for over 25 years. This morning I visited his studios and saw a number of interesting works in progress. We talked...

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