Harriet Harman QC is a politician and solicitor who has served as Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham since 1982. A member of the Labour Party, she has served in various Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet positions.
In opposition before 1997, Harriet served as the Shadow Employment Secretary, Shadow Health Secretary and Shadow Social Security Secretary respectively. Following the 1997 general election victory, she was appointed Secretary of State for Social Security and the first-ever Minister for Women. In 2001, she was appointed Solicitor General for England and Wales, serving until 2005 when she became Minister of State for Constitutional Affairs. Under Gordon Brown, Harriet was appointed Leader of the House of Commons, Chairman of the Labour Party and Deputy Leader.
Upon defeat at the 2010 general election, Brown resigned as party leader and Harriet, became Leader of the Opposition until Ed Miliband was elected leader. She subsequently served as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. After Labour's defeat at the 2015 general election, Miliband resigned as party leader and Harriet once again became Leader of the Opposition until Jeremy Corbyn was elected.
In this session, Harriet will be discussing her political career, how COVID-19 and Brexit will change the political landscape, and what the future holds for the Labour Party.
This live session will be chaired by Michael Frost, Managing Associate at Mishcon de Reya, and will be held virtually on Zoom.