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 - 13/2/14

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

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Today I asked Nick Clegg about the Government’s response to the flooding in the UK and asked him to assure the House that the Government will bring together the insurance companies and co-ordinate all the Government compensation processes.

Challenging Nick Clegg at Deputy Prime Minister’s Questions – 11

Today I asked Nick Clegg about the Government’s response to the flooding in the UK and asked him to assure the House that the Government will bring together the insurance... 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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Today 50 of Labour’s newest trainee organisers met in Parliament as part of their week long residential training course. Each organiser is responsible for one or two of the key constituencies Labour is targeting in 2015. I spoke about the importance of their job in the next 15 months in helping Labour meet its aim of being a one term only opposition.  

Trainee Labour Organisers day – 05/02/2014

Today 50 of Labour’s newest trainee organisers met in Parliament as part of their week long residential training course. Each organiser is responsible for one or two of the key...

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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...

Following powerful new analysis by Labour of the unfair impact of council cuts in the most deprived areas, which compounds my concern about the impact of cuts to Arts Council funding, I raised this issue in Parliament.  As council funding is even more important for the arts than central Government funding, this will have a massive impact on the arts in deprived communities, especially as they are the least able to mobilise philanthropy and people have less money in their pockets to spend on participating in the arts.

DMCS - unfair council cuts will hit the arts - 30/01/14

Following powerful new analysis by Labour of the unfair impact of council cuts in the most deprived areas, which compounds my concern about the impact of cuts to Arts Council...

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...

This evening was the launch of a new independent review for the Labour Party, led by John Woodward, of policy options for the Creative Industries with a particular focus on the Digital Economy.


The review has been asked to focus on opportunities and policy options to promote further growth in the UK's creative industries as well as looking at practical safeguards to promote and protect the interest of British Citizens more effectively in the digital world.

Digital Review Launch - 28/01/2014

This evening was the launch of a new independent review for the Labour Party, led by John Woodward, of policy options for the Creative Industries with a particular focus on...

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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

Matt Turmaine and Richard Howitt

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...

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