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White House hospitality or House of Commons hostility? It’s an easy choice really. David Cameron may be beginning to resemble the houseguest that never leaves, but hey, it’s a special relationship. No one will mind if he sticks around ... Continue to article
Harriet Harman said female broadcasters were being ‘pushed out’ of the business after the age of 50. “I don’t think they [media management] know what the audience want on this because no-one’s ever seen older women reading the news or be... Continue to article
Harriet Harman claimed that of the three main parties it was "absolutely without doubt" that Labour had the momentum. “Whilst obviously the kind of disaffection that has been expressed through the UKIP vote, we really have to pay attenti... Continue to article
The rise of UKIP is a “wake-up call” for the three main political parties, Harriet Harman has said. With Nigel Farage’s party expected to make major gains in local elections held today, Labour’s deputy leader said the Eurosceptic party r... Continue to article
Harriet Harman said if Labour was elected in 2015, its economic plan would involve an increase in borrowing. "Well, two parts of five point plan would involve a reduction in VAT on a temporary basis, and a temporary increase of borrowing... Continue to article
Labour party press release Harriet Harman MP, Labour's Deputy Leader and Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, commenting on Maria Miller's speech on the arts, said: "If Maria Miller is going to try to convert her Chancellor and T... Continue to article
George Osborne has “retoxified the Tory brand”, Labour MP Jamie Reed has argued. In a debate on BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour Mr Reed said the Chancellor had undone the work he and David Cameron had done to make the Tories more electabl... Continue to article
Harriet Harman said it was understandable that people in work feel “very resentful” towards those on unemployment benefit, and called on the Government to take action to boost growth and jobs. “I think it’s not surprising that ... Continue to article
Harriet Harman said the leaders have agreed on a Royal Charter that meets the key provisions of the Leveson report. “In fact the entirety of the Leveson report in terms of its’ key provisions – tough independent self-regulation – is... Continue to article
Harriet Harman said that Labour wanted a cross-party solution to press regulation. “Well the Prime Minister pulled his team out of the talks, we had wanted to reach agreement across the parties. Lord Justice Leveson said it's much b... Continue to article
Mr Hughes said the Liberal Democrats had been pushing for change in the media industry since the 1990s. “My party has actually agreed to go to a Royal Commission since the 90s we thought that the public wanted a less close relationship b... Continue to article
Harriet Harman hoped a decision on press regulation can be agreed over the weekend. "I hope that even before we get to Monday we will get that cross-party agreement. We have always been clear that we must have an independent system that ... Continue to article
WORDS: JOSEPH BRIGGS 1 John Cleese After jumping ship from Labour to the SDP in 1981, John Cleese has consistently backed Britain’s third party – including appearances in three party political broadcasts. Despite this, he refused an active... Continue to article
WORDS: SAM MACRORY It’s overworked, badly supported and, most of the time, an utterly thankless task. Her Majesty’s Opposition may enjoy a royal stamp of approval, but the day job is anything but majestic. Rare are the occasions when a Sha... Continue to article
Harriet Harman said that the allegations of sexual harassment against Liberal Democrat peer Lord Rennard meant that all institutions had to reflect on the possibility of similar accusations. "I think no institution is immune from this ... Continue to article
Harriet Harman said it was now time for David Cameron to "man up" over press regulation. “We will look at a Royal Charter, but it can’t be driving a coach and horses through the standards that Leveson set forth, so we will look at a Roya... Continue to article
Harriet Harman has admitted the Labour Government was wrong to relax gambling laws that have brought high-stakes gambling machines to bookmakers in Britain. The Shadow Culture Secretary makes the comments in an interview for Channel 4’s Dispatches to be shown tomorrow evening. It comes as bookmakers William Hill and Ladbrokes have said that more than £12 billion was wagered on their machines in the first half of this year.
Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman has cited "well-sourced rumours in Westminster" to back her claims that the Government is considering closing down the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The Institute for Economic Affairs estimates that closing DCMS could save around £1.6bn a year, meaning the Government could use the savings for tax cuts. However Downing Street sources have insisted that such a move is "not in the offing".
The chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission has praised the work of Home Secretary Theresa May, saying that she "fights hard" for women's rights. Trevor Philips compared Ms May to Labour's Deputy Leader Harriet Harman, whom many call the "patron saint of equality". He said: “Equality is an issue that can transcend politics, and we should judge people not on their political label but what they are doing and what they deliver.”
Harriet Harman will today accuse the Lib Dems of hypocrisy by campaigning at a local level against the cuts they have introduced nationally. Labour's deputy leader will speak in Sheffield, home constituency of Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg. She told the Independent: "They are trying to hoodwink voters and should be held accountable. They're not an alternative to the Tories - they are all in it together."
Harriet Harman has urged newspaper owners to agree on a common system of redress and regulation to put before the Leveson Inquiry. The Shadow Culture and Media Secretary said that the new system should be independent, apply to all newspapers and be citizen-centric.
Harriet Harman has been criticised by the UK's gambling industry for claiming betting shops blight Britain's high streets. Speaking at the Business in Sport and Leisure conference in London, Ms Harman said that gambling shops were becoming like "mini casinos". But Dirk Vennix, chief executive of the Association of British Bookmakers, said that there was "no evidence" in Ms Harman's suggestion "between problem gambling and the presence of betting shops on the high street".
16/05/2013 on Today, BBC Radio 4
03/05/2013 on The World at One, BBC Radio 4
01/05/2013 on Today, BBC Radio 4
07/04/2013 on The Andrew Marr Show, BBC One
18/03/2013 on Daybreak, ITV1
17/03/2013 on Murnaghan, Sky News
Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio
23/05/2013 on BBC News
23/05/2013 on BBC News
23/05/2013 on Sky News