She confirmed the news on Tuesday morning by publishing her letter to Camberwell and Peckham Labor Party members on social media. In it, she wrote that it was a “great honor” to be an MP “representing and working for the people of Camberwell and Peckham for almost 40 years”.
The longest-serving female congresswoman in House of CommonsHarriet Harman was nicknamed ‘Mother of the House’ by Prime Minister Theresa May in 2017.
She has worked with eight different Labor leaders and under seven different prime ministers. She has also won the London seat 11 times since she first assumed it in a 1982 by-election.
Under Tony Blair, she was secretary of state for social security and the first women’s minister.
In a statement announcing her intention to resign, she wrote: “I join the Commons as one of only 11 female Labor MPs in parliament that is 97 per cent male. There are now 104 Labor women and across all parties, female MPs are a “critical mass”. But much remains to be done until women truly share political power with men equally and until women in this country are equal. “
She continued: “I will leave the House of Commons with feminism, my faith in Labor and my enthusiasm for politics is limitless.”
Harriet Harman, 71, has held a variety of Labor positions, including two brief terms as leader following the resignations of Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband.
In her email, she said she remains proud of the Labor government’s achievements; refer to the introduction of the national minimum wage, civil partnership rights, Sure Start children’s centers and the Equality Act.
Two other longtime Labor MPs, Barry Sheerman and Dame Margaret Hodge, have also announced plans to step down at the next general election.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/harriet-harman-labour-mp-election-b1971130.html Veteran Labor MP Harriet Harman resigns in next election