By definition, the Government of the day have a majority in the House and can remove a Speaker any day of the week. It is a tribute to our constitutional settlement that no Government have chosen even to attempt to do that since 1835. That is why the motion is so wrong. The Speaker used to be the appointee of the Crown, but today the Speaker is a servant of the House, not the poodle of the...
If the Speaker should have any bias at all, as has been the established practice for more than 150 years, it should be a bias in favour of allowing more debate and continuing discussion and enabling scrutiny. If, therefore, there is a bias at all, it must always be in favour of the Back Bencher, not the Government. For that reason, the Government are always tempted to get rid of a Speaker,...
My hon. Friend makes a very important point. The Speaker does not stand on a party ticket, so if the good burghers of Buckingham decide that you, Mr Speaker, should be returned as Speaker, and then this House, because of a Conservative plot, decides to get rid of you, what is to become of you? Are you to return to the Back Benches? No Speaker has done that for more than 150 years. Every other...
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Former Labour MP for Rhondda
Entered House of Commons on 7 June 2001 — General election
Left Parliament on 30 March 2015 — General election
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Topics of interest
- Department for Culture Media and Sport
- Home Department
- Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
- Work and Pensions
- Culture Media and Sport
- Universal Credit
- Parliamentary Private Secretaries: Visits Abroad
Other offices held in the past
- Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport) (3 Dec 2014 to 30 Mar 2015)
- Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (7 Oct 2013 to 3 Dec 2014)
- Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) (7 Oct 2011 to 7 Oct 2013)
- Shadow Minister (Justice) (Political and Constitutional Reform) (8 Oct 2010 to 7 Oct 2011)
- Shadow Minister (Europe) (12 May 2010 to 8 Oct 2010)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Europe) (13 Oct 2009 to 6 May 2010)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (9 Jun 2009 to 13 Oct 2009)
- PPS (Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC, Minister of State), Government Equalities Office (16 Oct 2008 to 10 Dec 2008)
- Deputy Leader of the House of Commons (5 Oct 2008 to 5 Jun 2009)
- PPS (Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC, Lord Privy Seal), Leader of the House of Commons (4 Aug 2008 to 10 Dec 2008)
- PPS (Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC, Minister of State), Government Equalities Office (4 Aug 2008 to 29 Sep 2008)
- PPS (Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC (Leader of the House of Commons)), Leader of the House of Commons (25 Oct 2007 to 4 Aug 2008)
- PPS (Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC, Lord Privy Seal), Leader of the House of Commons (11 Oct 2007 to 25 Oct 2007)
- Member, Modernisation of the House of Commons Committee (26 Jul 2007 to 6 May 2010)
- PPS (Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC, (Leader of the House of Commons)), Leader of the House of Commons (26 Jul 2007 to 11 Oct 2007)
- PPS (Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC, Lord Privy Seal), Leader of the House of Commons (26 Jul 2007 to 26 Jul 2007)
- PPS (Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC, (as Leader of the Commons)), Leader of the House of Commons (23 Jul 2007 to 26 Jul 2007)
- PPS (Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC, Lord Privy Seal), Leader of the House of Commons (16 Jul 2007 to 23 Jul 2007)
- PPS (Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC (as Leader of the Commons)), Leader of the House of Commons (28 Jun 2007 to 16 Jul 2007)
- Member, Public Accounts Committee (4 Jun 2007 to 8 Nov 2007)
- PPS (Rt Hon Lord Falconer of Thoroton, Secretary of State), Department for Constitutional Affairs (10 Nov 2005 to 13 Jun 2006)
- Member, House of Lords Reform (Joint Committee) (19 Jun 2002 to 5 May 2005)
- Member, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (16 Jul 2001 to 12 Jul 2005)
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- Has spoken in 75 debates in the last year — well above average amongst MPs.
- Has received answers to 258 written questions in the last year — well above average amongst MPs.
- Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a very high number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
- Has voted in 72.40% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
- People have made 67 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well above average amongst MPs.
- This MP's speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 17–18 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
- 78 people are tracking this MP
- Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 1473 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 30 Mar 2015.
2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Payments from Doubleday/Transworld Publishers, 20 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 2SA (Updated 30 September 2014):
April 2014 received £15,375 as a further advance for a book to be published in 2014. Hours: an additional 40 hrs. (Registered 28 April 2014)
Advance of £16,400 for a new book. Hours: 20 hrs. (Registered 30 September 2014)
Payments from The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU:
Payment of £90 for an article. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 30 September 2014)
Payment of £450 for an article. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 21 October 2014)
Payments from the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, The Writers’ House, 13 Haydon St, London EC3N 1DB:
Payment of £149.65 in relation to copyright for previous works. Hours: no additional hours. (Registered 6 March 2015)
5. Gifts, benefits and hospitality (UK
Name of donor: Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP
Address of donor: private
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: one ticket for the Centre Court to watch Wimbledon, plus lunch and afternoon tea; total value £1,795
Date of receipt of donation: 12 June 2014
Date of acceptance of donation: 12 June 2014
Donor status: individual
(Registered 4 July 2014)
8. Land and Property
Residential property in London from which rental income is received.
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