12 May 2010

Harriet Harman appointed Labour Leader

Following Tuesday's statement by Gordon Brown in which he resigned as leader of the Labour Party Camberwell and Peckham MP Harriet Harman has been appointed as interim Labour Leader.

Harriet Harman has been a campaigner all her political life – for equality, human rights and social justice.

She served in the Shadow Cabinet under Neil Kinnock, John Smith and Tony Blair as they re-shaped the Labour Party and prepared for victory in 1997. She formulated the legal framework for the Low Pay Commission and the National Minimum Wage, which became law in 1998. She has also been the Secretary of State for Social Security, Cabinet Minister for Women and Solicitor General.

In 2007 Harriet was elected as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and was subsequently appointed by the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, to serve as Chair of the Labour Party, Leader of the House of Commons, Secretary of State for Equalities, Minister for Women and Lord Privy Seal.

Read more about Harriet on the Labour Party website