Harriett Baldwin

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Harriett Baldwin

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Minister of State for Africa
& International Development
Assumed office
9 January 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Sec. of StateBoris Johnson
Jeremy Hunt
(Foreign Affairs)
Penny Mordaunt (International Development)
Preceded byRory Stewart
Parliamemtary Under-Secretary of State for Defence Procurement
In office
17 July 2016 – 9 January 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Sec. of StateMichael Fallon
Gavin Williamson
Preceded byPhilip Dunne (Minister of State)
Succeeded byGuto Bebb (Minister of State)
Economic Secretary to the Treasury & City Minister
In office
11 May 2015 – 16 July 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
ChancellorGeorge Osborne
Preceded byAndrea Leadsom
Succeeded bySimon Kirby
Member of Parliament
for West Worcestershire
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byMichael Spicer
Majority21,328 (37.8%)
Personal details
Harriett Mary Morison Eggleston

(1960-05-02) 2 May 1960 (age 58)
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Political partyConservative
James Baldwin (m. 2004)
EducationMarlborough College
Alma materLady Margaret Hall, Oxford
McGill University
WebsiteOfficial website

Harriett Mary Morison Baldwin (née Eggleston; born 2 May 1960)[1] is a British Conservative politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for West Worcestershire since 2010 and joint Minister of State at the Foreign Office and Department for International Development since January 2018. Prior to her parliamentary career, she worked for an investment bank after attending Marlborough College and the University of Oxford.

Early life and career[edit]

She was born Harriett Mary Morison Eggleston[1] in Watford, Hertfordshire, the daughter of a teacher. Her childhood was spent in Cyprus and in the village of Felsted in Essex. She was educated at the Friends' School, Saffron Walden, Marlborough College in Wiltshire, and read Modern Languages (French and Russian) at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.[2] She earned an MBA from McGill University in Montreal.[2]

Baldwin joined the investment bank JP Morgan Chase in 1986, becoming managing director and Head of Currency Management at their London office in 1998. She left the bank in 2008 and served as vice-chair of Social Investment Business between 2008 and 2012.[citation needed]

At the 2005 general election, Baldwin contested the Stockton North constituency.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Following the retirement of Michael Spicer at the 2010 general election, she was elected to the safe Conservative seat of West Worcestershire. During the coalition government headed by David Cameron, she was a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee until she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Employment at the Department of Work and Pensions in 2012.

Baldwin has served both as vice-chair on the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Occupational Pensions and vice-chair and chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Russia, leaving both APPGs in 2014. She has also represented the UK in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Baldwin was appointed to become the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Russia before joining the Government in February 2014 as Assistant Government Whip. In the Government reshuffle of July 2014 she was promoted to the role of Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury.

After the 2015 election of a Conservative government, again with David Cameron as Prime Minister, she was promoted to Economic Secretary to the Treasury (City Minister).[3]

In July 2016, Baldwin was appointed as the Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Ministry of Defence as part of the Government reshuffle by new Prime Minister Theresa May.[4]

In January 2018, Baldwin was promoted to Minister of State at the Foreign Office.

Personal life[edit]

Harriet Baldwin married James Stanley Baldwin in 2004; she has two stepdaughters and a son from a previous marriage.[1][2][5]


  1. ^ a b c "Baldwin, Harriett Mary Morison, (born 2 May 1960), MP (C) West Worcestershire, since 2010; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence, since 2016". Who's Who. 2010. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.251096.
  2. ^ a b c "Meet the MP: Harriett Baldwin", BBC News, 5 July 2010
  3. ^ "Harriet (sic) Baldwin given City Minister position". ITV.com. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  4. ^ "New ministerial and government appointments announced on July 17 2016 - Press releases - GOV.UK".
  5. ^ "Harriett Baldwin", politics.co.uk; accessed 30 January 2017.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Spicer
Member of Parliament
for West Worcestershire