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Harriet Ruth Harman (born 30 July 1950) is a British politician and is the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. She was born and raised in West London. She has held cabinet posts in the governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Following Brown's resignation as Labour leader on 10 May 2010, Harman was the acting leader of the Labour Party until Ed Miliband was elected on September 25, 2010. Currently, she is Deputy Leader and ex-officio member of the Shadow Cabinet. She is also Shadow Deputy Prime Minister and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.
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