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The Right Honourable
Harriet Harman
QC MP
Leader of the Opposition
In office
8 May 2015 â€“ 12 September 2015
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Ed Miliband
Succeeded by Jeremy Corbyn
In office
11 May 2010 â€“ 25 September 2010
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by David Cameron
Succeeded by Ed Miliband
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
Labour Party Chair
In office
24 June 2007 â€“ 12 September 2015
Leader Gordon Brown
Ed Miliband
Preceded by John Prescott (Deputy Leader)
Hazel Blears (Party Chair)
Succeeded by Tom Watson

There are many women with children under five who want to work and who lack affordable, high-quality child care.
Harriet Harman
Well, if you look at the programme that we're offering, I think that is a future which is fair for women as well as men. We're still heavily outnumbered – we're still four to one in parliament – but we are pioneers! We are forging a new path.
Harriet Harman
I know we will look back on this and think how odd it was we were championing the rights of lone mothers to bring up their children on benefit.
Harriet Harman
I was aware that everybody said I was going to be a vast mega-flop, and that William Hague was just oh-so intelligent, and oh such a great parliamentarian, and therefore so different from me! So I thought, I must deprive them of the satisfaction of proving themselves right.
Harriet Harman
I think a balanced team of men and women makes better decisions. That's one of the reasons why I was prepared to run for deputy leader.
Harriet Harman
It's hard to bring up your children on benefit. It's easier if you can do part- time work, or even full-time work, and actually have a better standard of living, and that's the direction in which we are going.
Harriet Harman
Well, I feel that everybody in the country knows me. I think people know who I am, and that I'm deputy leader of the Labour party, and that I'm out there talking about their big choice for the future.
Harriet Harman
Is this the situation in the modern Conservative party? That women should be seen and not heard?
Harriet Harman
Actually, I don't ever think there will be a men-only team of leadership in the Labour party again. People would look at it and say, 'What? Are there no women in the party to be part of the leadership? Do men want to do it all themselves?' It just won't happen again.
Harriet Harman
I don't agree with all-male leaderships. Men cannot be left to run things on their own. I think it's a thoroughly bad thing to have a men-only leadership.
Harriet Harman
In a country where women regard themselves as equal, they are not prepared to see men running the show themselves.
Harriet Harman