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

Harriett Baldwin MP


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
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office representative for cross-Whitehall funds
  • international crime
  • stabilisation

Minister of State

Ministerial responsibilities to be confirmed in due course.

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


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