Harriet Baldwin

Harriett Baldwin
Member of Parliament
for West Worcestershire
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Michael Spicer
Majority 6,854 (12.7%)
Personal details
Born Harriett Mary Morison Eggleston
(1960-05-02) 2 May 1960 (age 54)
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Website harriettbaldwin.com

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

Early life

Born as Harriett Mary Morison Eggleston[2] in Watford, Hertfordshire, the daughter of a teacher. Her early childhood was spent in Cyprus and grew up 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 possesses an MBA from McGill University in Montreal.[3]

Early career

She 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, after over twenty years with the bank. She has been the vice chair of Social Investment Business since 2008.

Political career

She previously contested the Stockton North constituency in 2005.[4]

Following the retirement of Michael Spicer at the 2010 general election, she was selected to contest the safe Conservative seat of Worcestershire West. She was a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee until she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Mark Hoban MP who is Minister for Employment in the Department of Work and Pensions.[5]

She was a member of the A-List and was selected for her seat in 2006.[6] She is a supporter of the Free Enterprise Group.[7]

On 18 November 2011, Baldwin called for unemployed families to receive tax credits for no more than four children, claiming that incentives for young girls leaving education to find work are not strong enough and that they could be attracted to having children by the level of benefits currently on offer.[8]

Personal life

She has a son, Jonny (top lad), and two step-daughters[3] with husband Jim Baldwin.[9]


External links

  • Harriett Baldwin MP official website
  • Harriett Baldwin MP Conservative Party profile
  • West Worcestershire Conservatives
  • Parliament of the United Kingdom
  • Hansard
  • The Guardian
  • Public Whip
  • TheyWorkForYou
  • Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
  • Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
  • Worcester West Profile at ukPollingReport
  • The Times, 12 January 2010
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Michael Spicer
Member of Parliament for West Worcestershire

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