Sunday, June 24, 2007

Harman elected Labour deputy leader

Back in the halcyon days of the first Blair government, Harman was secretary of state for Social Security with the cerebral Frank Field minister of state. Naughty civil servants dubbed him brains and her handbag.
Before that, of course, she got in trouble with backbenchers for sending her son to well-regarded grammar school St Olave's. Despite availing her own offspring of the benefits of an overachieving faith school (St Olave's is Anglican) Harman has recently moaned about the much-needed expansion of faith schools.
She's described as having campaigned for 'family friendly' policies, though the term must be understood as being a very relative one, referring to the fluffier kind of policy such as paternity pay rather than anything substantive.
Harman is very well-connected through birth and marriage; she's Lady Longford's neice, Lady Antonia Fraser's cousin and wife of union baron, Jack Dromey. It can't have hurt her career.
Looking on the bright side, at least she beat Alan Johnson.