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.
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.
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
- consular policy
- international crime
Minister of State for International Development
- Emerging policy, innovation, and capability
- 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
- 2016 to 2018
- 2015 to 2016
- 2014 to 2015
- 2014 to 2014
- New UK aid package will “stop dirty money in its tracks” and recover millions of pounds for developing countries
- UK boosts innovative business in Nigeria’s poorest states to improve incomes for 3 million people
- British expertise boosts innovative solar technologies across Africa
- UK to open new embassies in Chad and Niger
- UK Minister for Africa visits Ghana to show support for Ghana’s vision to move beyond aid
- Minister for Africa's statement on the Zimbabwe elections, 25 August 2018
- Minister for Africa statement on the Malian elections
- RAF helicopters ready to support French in Mali
- Minister for Africa announces funding boost for sexual health services in Malawi
- UK Government helps train Park Rangers in Malawi to combat the illegal wildlife trade