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Harriet Baldwin elected President of the Marlburian Club

Harriett Baldwin (nee Eggleston) (LI 1975-77), the Conservative MP for West Worcestershire, has been elected as the Marlburian Club president.

Following the Marlburian Club’s virtual AGM on the 31st October 2022, Harriet has now assumed the post succeeding Nick Cooke-Priest (LI 1983-85) who will remain on the Club Committee for another year. The term will last for one year when Harriet will be succeeded by the newly named president-elect, Christopher Carpmael (C1 1980-84).

Upon becoming the Club President, Harriet said “All of us who have had the privilege of attending Marlborough College can benefit from staying in touch with others whom we met there and from meeting new alumni. Marlburians go on to make a difference in so many walks of life. We can all be inspired and encouraged by keeping in touch with each other.”

Having spent 20 years working in finance, specialising in currency markets for pension funds, Harriett was elected as the Member of Parliament for West Worcestershire in May 2010, where she has lived since 2006. Between 2010 and 2015 she has served on the Work and Pensions Select Committee, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Employment in the Department of Work and Pensions, and represented the UK on the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

In 2014, Harriett was appointed to become the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Russia before joining the Government as Assistant Government Whip before being promoted to the role of Lord Commissioner to HM Treasury.  Following her re-election in 2015, Harriett became Economic Secretary to the Treasury and then became Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Ministry of Defence responsible for Defence Procurement. Between 2018 and 2019 Harriett served as Minister for Africa. Following her re-election in 2019, Harriett joined the Treasury Select Committee and she also chairs the British Group Inter-Par­liamentary Union, co-chairs the International Parliamentary Network for Education and in 2020, she re-joined the UK delegation of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

Harriett supports many local charities. She has been a Home-Start volunteer, is a Friend of Community Action, the Nora Parsons Day Centre and the League of Friends of Malvern, Tenbury and Pershore hospitals to name a few. Harriett has always worked to encourage more women to get involved in politics and to work in financial services.