Harriet Baldwin MP

January 29, 2016

Harriet Baldwin MP (LI 1975-77) for West Worcestershire and the first ever Old Marlburian female Member of Parliament whose hugely successful career disabuses the myth that girls educated at Marlborough only make it to the very top if they marry wisely! (See wives of the PM, the Chancellor, the Speaker, Governor of the Bank of England and the future King of England).

Her fascinating recollection of her career thus far - halcyon days at Marlborough, languages at Oxbridge, (Russian), followed by JP Morgan, then elected as an MP in 2010 and most recently promoted to junior minister to the Treasury (2015) provided inspiration to the well-attended presentation.

The question and answer session provoked thoughts on an array of challenging issues from Mrs Baldwin's solution to the West Lothian question and further reforms to Parliament to questions on the role of the whips. The evening concluded with our guest reminiscing about her days as a pupil at the College, one highlight being a talk by Benazir Bhutto. Many of the young pupils attending this talk would have undoubtedly found it equally stimulating and who knows maybe one day Marlborough will be boasting their first ever PM - and the second woman in that job!

Harriet Baldwin MP
Harriet Baldwin MP
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