Harriet Harman

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

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Speaker's Lecture

The Speaker’s lecture series was set up by the Speaker, John Bercow in 2011 to mark the centenary of the Parliament Act 1911. The first series covered some of the main political figures of the century. This year the series concentrated on individual policy areas. I was invited to speak about Parliament and Equality.  To read my speech please click here.

Speaker’s Lecture – Equality in Parliament – 08/07/2014

The Speaker’s lecture series was set up by the Speaker, John Bercow in 2011 to mark the centenary of the Parliament Act 1911. The first series covered some of the...

Tour

Today the 3rd stage of the Tour de France came to an end in London. The atmosphere was brilliant, the crowds were huge and all the riders & teams were great.

Next, Stage 4 -  Le Touquet-Paris-Plage > Lille Métropole

Tour de France - Stage 3 London - 07/07/2014

Today the 3rd stage of the Tour de France came to an end in London. The atmosphere was brilliant, the crowds were huge and all the riders & teams were...

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This morning I visited Harris Boys Academy East Dulwich in Peckham Rye to meet with students and staff. Many thanks to the Principal, Chris Everett, for showing me around.

Harris Boys Academy East Dulwich visit - 09/07/2014

This morning I visited Harris Boys Academy East Dulwich in Peckham Rye to meet with students and staff. Many thanks to the Principal, Chris Everett, for showing me around.

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Today I met with Southwark Council Leader Peter John at his office in Tooley Street. We discussed the importance of parents being happy with their local schools, scholarships for young people to attend local art colleges and the Peckham Rye station area re-development.

Meeting Southwark Council Leader Peter John - 2/7/14

Today I met with Southwark Council Leader Peter John at his office in Tooley Street. We discussed the importance of parents being happy with their local schools, scholarships for young...

Brighton Pavilion

There are only 295 days left before the next General Election which is due to take place on Thursday 7th May 2015. Purna Sen, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Pavilion held her campaign launch with over 100 members and supporters. I spoke about how the Government is keen to keep saying that there is a recovery but it hasn’t come to the doorstep of people around the country. Brighton Pavilion would benefit from having an MP like Purna whose work can bring change to the city. Labour is the only Party that wants to tackle the unfairness in the system. We have already suggested policies to ease the cost of living crisis immediately on energy prices, childcare and scrapping the bedroom tax.

#Purna4Pavilion - Campaign Launch – 15/07/2014

There are only 295 days left before the next General Election which is due to take place on Thursday 7th May 2015. Purna Sen, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Pavilion...

Labour business event
Last night the Labour Party held its fourth annual business reception. The event brought together over 1,300 business - both large and small - from a broad cross section of industries, sectors and regions. This was the largest business engagement event the Party has held to date. The event was hosted by technology reporter and UK Digital Skills Taskforce Chair Maggie Philbin and the evening included speeches from Chuka Umunna, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party.

Fourth Annual Labour Party Business Reception – 22/07/2014

Last night the Labour Party held its fourth annual business reception. The event brought together over 1,300 business - both large and small - from a broad cross section of industries, sectors...

Today at DCMS questions, I asked about progress on the new system of independent self-regulation of the press:

DCMS Questions - 03/07/2014

Today at DCMS questions, I asked about progress on the new system of independent self-regulation of the press: Read more

New Designers 1

The work of hugely talented designers from across Britain is on show at the New Designers Exhibition.  I saw the work of designers working with textiles, furniture, ceramics and even a clever design by Graham Friend for a baby-carrier for airline travel! 

New Designers 2014 Exhibition - 03/07/2014

The work of hugely talented designers from across Britain is on show at the New Designers Exhibition.  I saw the work of designers working with textiles, furniture, ceramics and even... Read more

Nigerian schoolgirls meeting_02.07.14

Today I attended and spoke at an important meeting in Parliament with the Nigerian Minister of Finance Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown on the Nigerian schoolgirls who remain missing after their abduction on 14th April.

Missing Nigerian schoolgirls - Meeting with the Nigerian Minister of Finance

Today I attended and spoke at an important meeting in Parliament with the Nigerian Minister of Finance Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown... Read more

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This week I was pleased to welcome three young people from my constituency to undertake work experience in my constituency office: Blessing Ayenge from Peckham who attends Notre Dame School, Oluwatomiwa ‘Tomi’ Sanyaolu who goes to St Thomas the Apostle School and Hanz Espino from Camberwell who is at Sacred Heart School.

Work experience students - 02/07/2014

This week I was pleased to welcome three young people from my constituency to undertake work experience in my constituency office: Blessing Ayenge from Peckham who attends Notre Dame School,...

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Today I met with Southwark Council Leader Peter John at his office in Tooley Street. We discussed the importance of parents being happy with their local schools, scholarships for young people to attend local art colleges and the Peckham Rye station area re-development.

Meeting Southwark Council Leader Peter John - 02/07/2014

Today I met with Southwark Council Leader Peter John at his office in Tooley Street. We discussed the importance of parents being happy with their local schools, scholarships for young...

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This morning I joined local councillors Michael Situ and Evelyn Akoto to meet parents and carers at the school gate at Camelot Primary school. It was good to meet the new Head Teacher, Steve Forder, Chair of Governors, Juliette Young and Parent Governor Amanda Bono-Odo.

Camelot Primary school visit - 02/07/2014

This morning I joined local councillors Michael Situ and Evelyn Akoto to meet parents and carers at the school gate at Camelot Primary school. It was good to meet the...

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Today I met with local Head's Lucy Frame from ARK All Saints Academy and Yvonne Powell from Walworth Academy. We discussed progress at the schools and how we can work together to improve the transition process when children move from primary to secondary level.

Meeting with local Head Teachers - 25/6/14

Today I met with local Head's Lucy Frame from ARK All Saints Academy and Yvonne Powell from Walworth Academy. We discussed progress at the schools and how we can work...

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Today I met with local Head's Lucy Frame from ARK All Saints Academy and Yvonne Powell from Walworth Academy. We discussed progress at the schools and how we can work together to improve the transition process when children move from primary to secondary level.

Meeting with local Head Teachers - 25/06/2014

Today I met with local Head's Lucy Frame from ARK All Saints Academy and Yvonne Powell from Walworth Academy. We discussed progress at the schools and how we can work...

Sport Wales

Joined by my Welsh Government colleague John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport and Assembly member for Newport East, we participated in a discussion with Sport Wales today.

Sport Wales - Cardiff - 20/06/2014

Joined by my Welsh Government colleague John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport and Assembly member for Newport East, we participated in a discussion with Sport Wales today. Read more

Shadow Cabinet

The first joint meeting between the UK Labour Shadow Cabinet and the Welsh Labour Government Cabinet was held today at GE Aviation UK in Nantgarw, Wales.

The theme of the meeting was Investment in our future: in our young people, in jobs and apprenticeships. During the meeting Ed Miliband announced that Wales today saw the 10,000th young person get a job through Jobs Growth Wales. Wales continues to out perform the rest of the UK in tackling youth unemployment.

Shadow Cabinet - Nantgarw, Wales - 20/06/2014

The first joint meeting between the UK Labour Shadow Cabinet and the Welsh Labour Government Cabinet was held today at GE Aviation UK in Nantgarw, Wales. The theme of the...

This afternoon I met with the management of NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) - Dr. Amr Zeineldine (Chair), Andrew Bland (Chief Officer) and Richard Gibbs (Lead for Audit and Governance) - to raise my concerns about GP access and the difficulties my constituents have in getting an appointment with their GP.

Meeting NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group - 19/06/2014

This afternoon I met with the management of NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) - Dr. Amr Zeineldine (Chair), Andrew Bland (Chief Officer) and Richard Gibbs (Lead for Audit and...

ALVA 20 June 2014

Visitor attractions are important to families and tourism.  They are important to our economy and jobs and also to community and our sense of place.  Heritage and modern attractions enliven the local environment.  My speech to the ALVA was followed by a lively Q&A where we discussed Labour’s new consultation on Young People and the Arts, innovative ways of reaching people who don’t engage with our heritage sites and the need for Government to work across Departments on tourism.

Association of Leading Visitor Attractions seminar - 19/6/2014

Visitor attractions are important to families and tourism.  They are important to our economy and jobs and also to community and our sense of place.  Heritage and modern attractions enliven...

This morning I met with staff and parents at the school gate as they dropped their children off at Brunswick Park Primary school in Camberwell. I was joined by local councillors Kieron Williams and Tom Flynn, and asked the parents how things were going at the school and whether they wanted to raise any issues with me, and I let them know how they could contact me in the future if they needed to. I was pleased to see the Acting Deputy Head, Shauna Sharkhey and Assistant Head, Andrea Iniss, and hear that everything was going well at the school.

Brunswick Park Primary school - 17/6/14

This morning I met with staff and parents at the school gate as they dropped their children off at Brunswick Park Primary school in Camberwell. I was joined by local...

SPeaking to London Labour Organisers
London Labour’s regional organisers joined in Parliament together to celebrate the successes of the 2014 Elections and discuss the campaign priorities for the future. Labour gained just over 200 additional Councillors in London gaining control of David Cameron’s ‘favourite council’ of Hammersmith & Fulham and four other London Boroughs – making gains from the Tories and Lib Dems. We also doubled our MEPs from 2 – 4 in London. I congratulated the team on their success and spoke about how we can keep up the momentum ahead of next year’s General Election.

London Labour Regional Organiser’s reception – 17/06/2014

London Labour’s regional organisers joined in Parliament together to celebrate the successes of the 2014 Elections and discuss the campaign priorities for the future. Labour gained just over 200 additional...

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