Harriet Harman

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Harriet Harman

British Labour Party politician add

Category: Politics

Born in 1950.

Countries: United Kingdom (85%), (10%), Afghanistan (2%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Gordon Brown, House of Commons of the United Kingdom, Jack Dromey

Linked to: Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Labour Party Chair, University of York, Camberwell and Peckham




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Harriet Harman was born in 1950 add something


John Redwood - He was an Oxfordshire County Councillor between 1973 and 1977, the youngest ever at the age of 21, and contested Southwark, Peckham in October 1982 at the Peckham by-election, 1982 which brought Harriet Harman into public view


Between 1978 and 1982, Harman was employed legal officer for the National Council for Civil Liberties add something


Harman married Jack Dromey in 1982 in Brent, London, after meeting him on the picket line of the Grunwick dispute in 1977; she was legal advisor to the Grunwick Strike Committee add something


She is the Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham and was MP for the predecessor Peckham constituency from 1982 to 1997 add something


In the by-election held on 28 October 1982, she was elected Member of Parliament for Peckham with a majority of 3,931 votes add something


Jack Dromey - Dromey married Harriet Harman in 1982 in the borough of Brent, after meeting her on the picket line of the Grunwick dispute in 1977; Harman was legal advisor to the Grunwick Strike Committee


Camberwell and Peckham (UK Parliament constituency) - Its first and only Member of Parliament, , is Harriet Harman, the Deputy Leader of the party and Shadow Culture Secretary, who had been the MP for the preceding constituency of Peckham since a by-election in 1982


Harman was later involved in a European Court of Human Rights case against MI5 after it was revealed by whistleblower Cathy Massiter in 1984 that personal files were held by MI5 on Harman and on the by former General Secretary of the NCCL, Patricia Hewitt add something


In 1984, Harman became a Shadow Social Services minister and served as a Shadow Health minister in 1987 add something


The success of the case led to enactment of the Security Service Act 1989 add something


David Shayler - Shayler earned notoriety after being prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act 1989 for his passing secret documents to the "Mail on Sunday" in August 1997 that alleged that MI5 was paranoid about socialists, and that it had previously investigated Labour Party ministers Peter Mandelson, Jack Straw and Harriet Harman


Erin Pizzey criticised the views expressed by Harman and her co-authors in the 1990 IPPR report "The Family Way" add something


Ed Miliband - In 1993,Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Harriet Harman approached Rawnsley to recruit Miliband as her policy researcher and speechwriter


Although she was acting Leader, she was fully Leader by the terms of the party's constitution, albeit on a temporary basis, as was the case with Margaret Beckett in 1994 add something


Ed Miliband - In 1994, when Harriet Harman was moved by the newly-elected Labour Leader Tony Blair to become Shadow Secretary of State for Employment, Miliband stayed on in the Shadow Treasury team and was promoted to work for Shadow Chancellor Gordon Brown


Yvette Cooper - Later in that year she became a policy advisor to new the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Harriet Harman and in 1994 became a research associate at the Centre for Economic Performance


In 1996, Harman sent her younger son Joseph to St Olave's Grammar School, Orpington a selective grammar school after sending her elder son Harry to the selective, Roman Catholic London Oratory School, a grant-maintained school add something


After Labour's victory in the 1997 general election, she became Secretary of State for Social Security and was given the task of reforming the Welfare State add something


Camberwell and Peckham (UK Parliament constituency) - "'Camberwell and Peckham"' is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since its 1997 creation by Harriet Harman of the Labour Party


Harman was sacked from the position in 1998 add something


Alistair Darling - In 1998 he was made the Secretary of State for Social Security replacing Harriet Harman who had been dismissed.


Harman made a return to the front bench after the 2001 general election, with her appointment to the office of Solicitor General, thus becoming the first female Solicitor General add something


In 2003, Harman was fined £400 and banned from driving for seven days after being convicted of driving at on a motorway, above the speed limit add something


After the 2005 general election, she became a Minister of State in the Department for Constitutional Affairs with responsibilities including constitutional reform, legal aid and court processes and she represented Lord Falconer in the House of Commons on the frontbench add something


Mike O'Brien (UK politician) - After the 2005 General Election he replaced Harriet Harman as Solicitor General for England and Wales


On 16 March 2006, Harman relinquished her ministerial responsibilities for electoral administration and reform of the House of Lords add something


On 27 November 2006, the Press Association reported that she had commissioned an opinion poll from YouGov which found that Harman would be the most likely potential deputy leader to increase the Labour vote at the next general election add something


Ian Bone - On December 6, 2006, Bone appeared on Channel 4's current affairs discussion show "Starkey's Last Word", alongside Ed Vaizey and Harriet Harman, discussing the Iraq war


Harman attacked the Conservative Party at the Labour Party Conference 2007, referring to them as the "nasty party" and suggesting that there would be little competition at the next election add something


In 2007, Harman was elected Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and served in the Cabinet as Leader of the House of Commons, Lord Privy Seal and Minister for Women and Equality from 2007 to 2010 add something


In 2007, Harman was issued with a £60 fixed penalty notice and given three penalty points on her licence for driving at in a temporary zone add something


On 24 June 2007, in what was a close contest Harman was elected Deputy Leader of the Labour Party add something


On 28 June 2007, after she became Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Brown became leader and was appointed Prime Minister, Harman joined Brown's Cabinet as Leader of the House of Commons, Lord Privy Seal and Minister for Women and Equality, and was given the title of Labour Party Chair add something


In November 2007, it emerged that property developer David Abrahams' secretary Janet Kidd had donated £5,000 to Harman's successful deputy leadership bid add something


Hilary Benn - The contest was formally launched on 14 May 2007 after the resignation of incumbent Deputy leader John Prescott, Benn had some initial difficulties securing the necessary 45 nominations required to get on the ballot paper but he acquired the support needed to join five other candidates - Hazel Blears, Harriet Harman, Alan_Johnson, Peter Hain and backbencher Jon Cruddas


Hazel Blears - Harriet Harman won the election on 24 June 2007


Alan Johnson - On 24 June 2007, Johnson was narrowly beaten for the deputy leadership by Harriet Harman


Hilary Benn - The Labour leadership contest closed on Sunday 24 June 2007 with Harriet Harman winning the contest


However, some statistics contradicted her position, including the Office for National Statistics report on the issue which stated "the economic downturn in 2008 has impacted less on women in employment than men" add something


In April 2008, Harman's blog was hacked and changed to state that she had joined the Conservative Party add something


On 1 April 2008 the "Daily Mail" reported that Harman had decided to wear a kevlar-reinforced stab vest while touring her Peckham constituency under police guard add something


When Harman, as Leader of the House of Commons, stood in for Gordon Brown during Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday 2 April 2008 , she became the first female Labour Minister to take Prime Minister's Questions add something


In May 2008 an interview she gave to think tank Civitas Harman stated that there was "no ideal type of household in which to bring up children" add something


On the morning of 9 July 2008, fathers for justice again climbed on Harman's roof with a banner that read, "Stop war on dads add something


After they climbed back off the roof they were arrested by the Metropolitan Police and bailed until 16 July 2008 add something


In January 2009, Harman proposed a rule change to exempt MPs' expenses from the Freedom of Information Act add something


In June 2009, Sir Michael Scholar, head of the UK Statistics Authority, wrote to Harman to warn her that different headline figures used by the ONS and Government Equalities Office with regards to pay differentiation between men and women might undermine public trust in official statistics add something


Peter Mandelson - An opinion poll conducted by the centre-left think tank Compass found that in 2009 Mandelson was less disliked by party members than Deputy Party Leader Harriet Harman, very unusual as Mandelson "historically has been unpopular among Labour members"


In 2010, Harman referred to Danny Alexander as a "ginger rodent" in a speech to the Scottish Labour Party conference add something


In January 2010, Harman pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention in relation to an incident on 3 July where she struck another vehicle whilst driving using a mobile phone, she admitted the offence in court becoming the first serving Cabinet minister in memory to plead guilty to a criminal offence add something


Following the resignation of Gordon Brown as Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party on 11 May 2010, Harman automatically became the temporary leader of the party as well as the Leader of the Opposition, entitling her to the salary and government car that come with the role add something


Following the resignation of Gordon Brown as Prime Minister and Labour Leader on 11 May 2010 following his failure to win the general election five days earlier, Harman became interim Party Leader and interim Leader of the Opposition add something


She was the interim Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition from 11 May to 25 September 2010, until Ed Miliband took over the role add something


When Miliband assigned portfolios on 8 October 2010, he appointed her Shadow Secretary of State for International Development add something


In November 2010 Harman's parliamentary private secretary Ian Lavery had blocked a motion designed to allow the repayments to be made public add something


In November 2010, "The Times" reported that at the end of 2009 Harman had hosted a new year's house party at her second home in Suffolk with guests including Patricia Hewitt, at "least one other minister" and another MP. It reported that she told guests that Gordon Brown was "hopeless" and that there were at least five members of the Cabinet who would tell Gordon Brown that he should resign add something


In December 2010 it emerged that Harman was amongst 40 MPs who had secretly repaid wrongly claimed expenses between 2008 and 2010 add something


Hilary Benn - Benn briefly served as Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in 2010 during Harriet Harman's interim leadership of the Labour Party


Pat McFadden (British politician) - Following Labour's defeat in the 2010 election and the resignation of Gordon Brown, McFadden was named in interim leader Harriet Harman's shadow cabinet as Shadow Business Secretary


Nia Griffith - Griffith was PPS to Harriet Harman MP in her capacity as Minister for Women and Equality before the 2010 general election


Mark Lazarowicz - As of October 2010, he has been appointed as part of the shadow team for the Department for International Development along with Rushanara Ali with Harriet Harman in charge As of October 2011, his position of Shadow DFID Minister was taken over by Tony Cunningham


Red hair - In October 2010, Harriet Harman, the former Equality Minister in the British government under Labour, faced accusations of prejudice after she described the red-haired Treasury secretary Danny Alexander as a "ginger rodent"


Danny Alexander - In October 2010, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman mentioned Alexander during her speech at the Labour Party's Scottish Conference, referring to his red hair


Nick Clegg - On 10 November 2010, as David Cameron was making a trade visit to China, Clegg deputised for the third time, meeting Harriet Harman across the despatch box


In 2011, Harman was moved to become Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport due to her good performance over the phone hacking scandal and her several attacks to the David Cameron's association with Andy Coulson add something


Miliband appointed her Shadow Secretary of State for International Development and in the 2011 reshuffle, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport add something


In February 2013 she was assessed as the 14th most powerful woman in the United Kingdom by Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4 add something


In 2014, she accused Nick Clegg of turning into a Tory during Prime Minister's Questions add something


On 24 February 2014, Harman denied allegations that she had supported the Paedophile Information Exchange when the advocacy group was affiliated with the National Council for Civil Liberties , while she was the pressure group's Legal Officer from 1978 to 1982 add something


On 25 February 2014, Harman addressed the central questions British newspapers alleged she had avoided by saying she expressed "regret" for the involvement of the NCCL with the paedophilia campaign run by PIE; however, a number of papers continue to press Harman on her and others involvement due to the fact Harman had denied any connection only a few hours earlier add something


On 28 February 2014 the British Prime Minister David Cameron urged Harman to apologise saying "while Miss Hewitt has offered a frank admission that she "got it wrong over the links with PIE and apologised Miss Harman has repeatedly refused to make a similar apology instead insisting that she has nothing to apologise for add something


Patricia Hewitt - In February 2014, the NCCL's connection with the Paedophile Information Exchange, an affiliated group during Hewitt's period as the pressure group's general secretary, gained media attention to which Harriet Harman and her partner Jack Dromey responded


A further report proposed extended the arrangement allowing all-women shortlists beyond 2015 which will fail to have any impact in the 2010 general election add something


She announced on 8 May 2015 that she would resign as Deputy Leader, prompting a deputy leadership election add something


Metropolitan Police Service - In 2015, former Metropolitan Police &Special_Branch officer Peter Francis revealed that the service has spied on several former and serving Labour MPs including Harriet Harman, Peter_Hain, Jack Straw, Diane Abbott, Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Grant, Ken Livingstone, Tony Benn, Joan Ruddock and Dennis Skinner


In 2017 Harman published "A Woman's Work", her personal examination of women's progressive politics over the last thirty years add something


In 2017, she claimed that her tutor at York told her that she would get a 2:1 degree if she had sex with him, but only a 2:2 if she did not add something


On 13 June 2017, she was dubbed "Mother of the House" by Prime Minister Theresa May add something


Since October 2017 Harman has been the Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights add something