Harriet Harman

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

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Progress held their ‘Third Place First’ conference in Watford on Saturday. The conference looked at how Labour can organise, campaign and win in seats where Labour is currently in third place.After meeting Matthew Turbaine, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate and team Labour in Watford to discuss local issues, I joined Richard Howitt, Labour’s Eastern region MEP; Darren Jones, Parliamentary Candidate for Bristol North West;  Keith Dibble, Chair of the Third Place First network and Angela Gunning, Councillor on Guildford Borough council for a panel discussion on the challenges for Labour in 2014 and 2015. I spoke about the fact that Labour’s aim is to win a majority and not to form a coalition with the Lib Dems. Talk of coalition undermines our candidates and makes us commentators rather than campaigners. It undermines the clarity of Labour’s message and puts people off politics. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jan/24/harriet-harman-labour-deal-lib-dems-coalitions

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Progress Conference in Watford – 25/01/2014

Progress held their ‘Third Place First’ conference in Watford on Saturday. The conference looked at how Labour can organise, campaign and win in seats where Labour is currently in third...

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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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The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association fosters the cooperation and understanding between parliaments, promoting good parliamentary practices and advancing parliamentary democracy. The Tanzanian Women’s Parliamentary Group are currently on a visit from Tanzania. We spoke about how politics in Tanzania is changing and the importance of women working together globally.

Meeting the Tanzanian Women's Parliamentary Group - 21/01/2014

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association fosters the cooperation and understanding between parliaments, promoting good parliamentary practices and advancing parliamentary democracy. The Tanzanian Women’s Parliamentary Group are currently on a visit from Tanzania. We... Read more

Harriet Harman MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, commenting on Nick Clegg’s comments on Lord Rennard, said:

“The Lib Dem women who complained about Lord Rennard did a brave thing in coming forward and making an official complaint. But now they are being hung out to dry and accused of suffering from "distress".

Lord Rennard - 20/01/2014

Harriet Harman MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, commenting on Nick Clegg’s comments on Lord Rennard, said:“The Lib Dem women who complained about Lord Rennard did a brave thing... Read more

Cowdenbeath DoorKnock

On Friday, in Cowdenbeath, along with Margaret Curran MP, Alex Rowley, candidate for Scottish Parliament and a great team of local members we campaigned on the doorstep of Rosyth. We discussed with local residents the cost of living crisis, the need for more & better quality childcare and more jobs and training for young people in the local area.

Cowdenbeath By-Election Campaign Day - 17/01/14

On Friday, in Cowdenbeath, along with Margaret Curran MP, Alex Rowley, candidate for Scottish Parliament and a great team of local members we campaigned on the doorstep of Rosyth. We... Read more

More people end up going to Accident and Emergency (A&E) during the winter - because there's more illnesses and accidents when it’s cold.  Most of us have experienced first-hand the excellent care given by Kings College Hospital A&E - or seen it on TV in "24 hours in A&E".  But with A&E’s already stretched with increased demand, this winter could be really tough and not just because of the weather.

South London Press column: Winter Crisis at A&E - 17.01.2014

More people end up going to Accident and Emergency (A&E) during the winter - because there's more illnesses and accidents when it’s cold.  Most of us have experienced first-hand the... Read more

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For most people Christmas is a great time to get together and just enjoy spending time with your family. But for people who suffer from dementia and for their families, Christmas offers little respite.

Southwark News Column: Dementia support services in Southwark -

For most people Christmas is a great time to get together and just enjoy spending time with your family. But for people who suffer from dementia and for their families,... Read more

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Cllr Fiona Colley and Stephen Platts, Director for Regeneration, from Southwark Council came to discuss progress on the regeneration of the Aylesbury Estate. The Aylesbury redevelopment programme is a long term and ambitious programme to replace the existing estate with a high quality, mixed-tenure neighbourhood with new infrastructure, parks, open spaces, and community facilities.

Aylesbury Estate Regeneration update - 15/01/2014

Cllr Fiona Colley and Stephen Platts, Director for Regeneration, from Southwark Council came to discuss progress on the regeneration of the Aylesbury Estate. The Aylesbury redevelopment programme is a long...

Doorstep

On Saturday Labour held a cost of Cameron campaign day across the country to highlight the fact that  since David Cameron became Prime Minister real wages are down £1,600. I joined Mark Dempsey, Labour’s candidate for North Swindon, on the doorstep of St Margaret ward. We were joined by Cllr Jim Grant and Chris Watts to discuss with local residents the impact of rising fuel bills, childcare costs and rail fares.

Campaigning in North Swindon - Cost of Cameron day - 11/01/14

On Saturday Labour held a cost of Cameron campaign day across the country to highlight the fact that  since David Cameron became Prime Minister real wages are down £1,600. I...

Street Stall

Next stop was South Swindon to join Labour’s candidate Ann Snelgrove in the town centre. We met with lots of local people who shared their concerns about the cost of living crisis under David Cameron and discussed how Labour would help with a freeze on energy bills and expanding childcare for three to four year olds.

Campaigning in South Swindon - Cost of Cameron day - 11/01/2014

Next stop was South Swindon to join Labour’s candidate Ann Snelgrove in the town centre. We met with lots of local people who shared their concerns about the cost of...

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Following the sad death of Paul Goggins earlier this month there will be a by-election in Wythenshawe and Sale East on the 13th February. Labour’s candidate, Mike Kane and I met with Nigel Wilson the Chief Executive of Wythenshawe Community Housing Trust at the Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre to talk to local residents at the centre. We heard how the cost of living crisis is affecting people in Wythenshawe – bills are going up for food, energy and childcare whilst real wages in the North West have fallen by £1,685 since 2010. To read more about the visit please go to http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/harriet-harman-labour-not-looking-6605843 

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By-Election in Wythenshawe and Sale East – 27/01/2014

                    Following the sad death of Paul Goggins earlier this month there will be a by-election in Wythenshawe and Sale East...

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The Dementia Memory Cafe is run by the Alzheimer Society in partnership with Southwark Council. I visited this morning to talk to the people who use their services, family members and carers, and the staff and volunteers.

Visiting the Dementia Memory Cafe in Southwark - 17.12.2013

The Dementia Memory Cafe is run by the Alzheimer Society in partnership with Southwark Council. I visited this morning to talk to the people who use their services, family members...

London Summit

Labour MPs, Candidates, Council Leaders, MEPs and Organisers from London met today to discuss the local and European elections in May 2014. I spoke about how London Labour will be facing three consecutive years of elections, starting next year, and the importance for us to work as a team from one election to the next, using all our resources  – MPs, MEPs and Councillors. 

Speaking at the London Labour Summit – 16/12/2013

Labour MPs, Candidates, Council Leaders, MEPs and Organisers from London met today to discuss the local and European elections in May 2014. I spoke about how London Labour will be... Read more

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