Harriett Baldwin

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Harriett Baldwin

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Minister of State for Africa &
International Development
In office
9 January 2018 – 25 July 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byRory Stewart
Succeeded byAndrew Stephenson
Minister for Defence Procurement
In office
17 July 2016 – 9 January 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byPhilip Dunne
Succeeded byGuto Bebb
Economic Secretary to the Treasury
In office
11 May 2015 – 16 July 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded byAndrea Leadsom
Succeeded bySimon Kirby
Lord Commissioner of the Treasury
In office
14 July 2014 – 8 May 2015
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Preceded bySam Gyimah
Succeeded byMel Stride
Member of Parliament
for West Worcestershire
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byMichael Spicer
Majority21,328 (37.8%)
Personal details
Born
Harriett Mary Morison Eggleston

(1960-05-02) 2 May 1960 (age 59)
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)
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 from January 2018 until July 2019.[2] 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.[3] She earned an MBA from McGill University in Montreal.[3]

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.

Controversy[edit]

In 2013 she attended a charity event where tickets were £50, the profits going to St. Richards Hospice, Worcester. She later tried to claim the money back at the taxpayers expense, but was declined by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA.) The former investment banker has successfully claimed £1.1m from 3075 claims since she became an MP in 2010 to 2018, including 60 payments of £2 or less – one of which was a 45p reimbursement for a one mile car journey.

Career[edit]

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).[4]

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.[5]

In January 2018, Baldwin was promoted to Minister of State at the Foreign Office. She held this post until July 2019, when she was sacked by new Prime Minister and party leader Boris Johnson.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Harriet Baldwin married James Stanley Baldwin in 2004; she has two stepdaughters and a son from a previous marriage.[1][3][6]

References[edit]

  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 Kibbler, Adrian (27 July 2019). "Harriett Baldwin leaves Government". Ludlow and Tenbury Wells Advertiser. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Meet the MP: Harriett Baldwin", BBC News, 5 July 2010
  4. ^ "Harriet (sic) Baldwin given City Minister position". ITV.com. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  5. ^ "New ministerial and government appointments announced on July 17 2016 - Press releases - GOV.UK".
  6. ^ "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

2010–present
Incumbent