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. New UK aid package will “stop dirty money in its tracks” and recover millions of pounds for developing countries
  2. UK boosts innovative business in Nigeria’s poorest states to improve incomes for 3 million people
  3. British expertise boosts innovative solar technologies across Africa
  4. UK to open new embassies in Chad and Niger
  5. UK Minister for Africa visits Ghana to show support for Ghana’s vision to move beyond aid
  6. Minister for Africa's statement on the Zimbabwe elections, 25 August 2018
  7. Minister for Africa statement on the Malian elections
  8. RAF helicopters ready to support French in Mali
  9. Minister for Africa announces funding boost for sexual health services in Malawi
  10. UK Government helps train Park Rangers in Malawi to combat the illegal wildlife trade