The Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP
Minister for Women & Equality
Government Equalities Office
London SW1E 5DU
17th February 2010
I am writing in regard to comments that you made whilst appearing on Sky News and BBC News on Monday 15th February.
During your appearances you inaccurately stated that, “The Conservatives in the House of Commons voted against the Equality Bill.” As you will be aware, this is not the case. We tabled a reasoned amendment at Second Reading to place on record some of the concerns we had about certain aspects of the Bill, and we abstained at Third Reading because of those concerns. We have never voted against the Equality Bill and have in fact been very clear that we welcome the vast majority of it.
You also made the inaccurate claim that, “inequality…has been improving”. As you will be aware, this is not the case. Just a few weeks ago the National Equality Panel – which you commissioned – found that not only had income inequality grown under Labour but it is now at its highest level since just after the Second World War.
Furthermore, you also made the inaccurate claim that, “There’s fewer people unemployed…than there were when we first came in”. As you will be aware, this is not the case. Unemployment is now 2.46 million, whereas in May 1997 it was 2.05 million.
I would be grateful if you could publicly correct each of these statements at the earliest opportunity.
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Friday, February 19, 2010
May Asks Harman to Apologise for Her 3 Lies
On Monday Harriet Harman created some sort of a record, when she lied three times during an interview on Sky News. I wrote about it HERE. Theresa May is not amused and has called her to account.