Harriett Baldwin

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Harriett Baldwin
Harriett Baldwin 2.jpg
Under Secretary of State for Defence Procurement
Assumed office
17 July 2016
Prime Minister Theresa May
Preceded by Philip Dunne (Minister of State)
Economic Secretary to the Treasury
(City Minister)
In office
11 May 2015 – 16 July 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Andrea Leadsom
Succeeded by Simon Kirby
Member of Parliament
for West Worcestershire
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Michael Spicer
Majority 22,578 (41.7%)
Personal details
Born Harriett Mary Morison Eggleston
(1960-05-02) 2 May 1960 (age 56)
Watford, England, UK
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
McGill University
Website Official website

Harriett Mary Morison Baldwin (née Eggleston; born 2 May 1960)[1] is a British Conservative Party politician. She has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for West Worcestershire since 2010.

Early life[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]

Early career[edit]

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]

Political career[edit]

She contested the Stockton North constituency at the 2005 general election. Following the retirement of Michael Spicer at the 2010 general election, she was elected to the safe Conservative seat of West Worcestershire. Under the resulting 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.

She 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 under David Cameron, 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]

Personal life[edit]

She has a son and two step-daughters[2] with husband Jim Baldwin.[5]


  1. ^ a b Profile, ukwhoswho.com; accessed 16 May 2015.
  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