Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Minister of State for International Development

Harriett Baldwin MP

Biography

Harriett Baldwin was appointed as Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister of State at the Department for International Development on 9 January 2018. She was elected as the MP for West Worcestershire in May 2010, where she has lived since 2006.

Political career

Harriett was appointed to become the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Russia before joining the government in February 2014 as Assistant Government Whip. She was promoted to Lord Commissioner in July 2014 and served in that post until May 2015. Harriett served as Economic Secretary to the Treasury (City Minister) from May 2015 until July 2016. She then served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence from July 2016 to January 2018.

Career outside politics

Harriett enjoyed a successful 20 year career in finance, specialising in currency markets for pension funds. She was also on the National Council of Business for Sterling.

Personal life

Harriett is married to Jim Baldwin, a businessman and television producer. Together they have 2 daughters and a son.

Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Responsibilities include:

  • Africa
  • consular policy
  • international crime

Minister of State for International Development

  • Africa*
  • Emerging policy, innovation, and capability
  • Research
  • Ukraine, the Good Governance Fund
  • Governance, open societies, and anti-corruption
  • Climate and environment
  • Children, education and youth

  • The Joint Ministerial lead is applicable by geographic area only.

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence Procurement

    • 2016 to 2018
  2. Economic Secretary to the Treasury

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury

    • 2014 to 2015
  4. Assistant Whip

    • 2014 to 2014

Announcements

  1. Africa Minister visits Mali as UK deepens efforts to stabilise the region
  2. Minister for Africa condemns latest terrorist violence in Somalia
  3. HRH Prince of Wales hears how UK aid is helping cocoa farmers
  4. Minister for Africa statement on Cameroon elections
  5. First UK-Ghana Business Council seeks to boost trade and investment
  6. UK deepens ties across East Africa
  7. Minister for Africa hails UK and Uganda co-operation in fighting infectious diseases
  8. Minister for Africa announces vital funding for LGBT inclusion
  9. UK urges donors to support African Union Mission in Somalia
  10. Minister for Africa calls for promises of peace in South Sudan to be put into action