Harriet Harman QC MP is Shadow Deputy Prime Minister and has served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party since 2007 and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport since October 2011. She is also Chair of the Labour Party.
Having obtained a degree in Politics from York University, Harriet qualified as a solicitor. Her first job as a solicitor was at Brent Law Centre in 1974.
When Labour entered government in 1997, Harriet was appointed Secretary of State for Social Security and Minister for Women. She introduced the Minimum Income Guarantee and the National Childcare Strategy.
In 2001, Harriet was appointed Solicitor General and led a drive within Government to make tackling domestic violence a priority. After the 2005 General Election, Harriet was appointed Minister for Justice at the Department for Constitutional Affairs. She also served in Government as Leader of the House of Commons, Secretary of State for Equalities and Minister for Women, where she brought forward the Equality Bill, now the Equality Act.
Prior to her recent appointment as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport she served as Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.
Harriet has represented the diverse inner-city constituency of Camberwell and Peckham in the London Borough of Southwark since 1982.