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- 10th June 2020 onwards
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Mark Harper’s voting in Parliament
Mark Harper is a Conservative MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Conservative MPs.
This is a random selection of Mark Harper’s votes.
Generally voted for a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Show votes
8 votes for, 4 votes against, 1 absence, between 2008–2016.
Generally voted against a more proportional system for electing MPs Show votes
1 vote for, 4 votes against, 2 absences, between 2010–2020.
Generally voted for encouraging occupational pensions Show votes
3 votes for, 1 vote against, between 2010–2011.
Generally voted against removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
2 votes for, 2 votes against, between 2011–2016.
Almost always voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits Show votes
56 votes for, 4 votes against, 5 absences, between 2012–2022.
Consistently voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Show votes
16 votes for, 0 votes against, 2 absences, between 2012–2018.
Last updated: 18 May 2022.
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Settlement for the next five-year funding period for railway infrastructure in England and Wales Maintaining and renewing our country’s rail infrastructure is critical to delivering the railway that passengers and freight countries expect, and for supporting economic growth. Every five years the Government is required to set out what we wish to achieve from the operations, maintenance and...
The protesters’ actions at Dartford in October put drivers, police and highways agency staff in danger and caused misery to thousands of ordinary people. National Highways works closely with the police to respond robustly to these incidents and to prosecute those responsible. In my first few days in this job, I instructed National Highways to seek a further injunction to cover the M25, to...
My hon. Friend is a doughty campaigner for the lower Thames crossing. He will know that National Highways has submitted a new application for a development consent order for that crossing to the Planning Inspectorate. A decision on whether to accept the application for examination is due next Monday. As it is a live planning application, I hope he will appreciate that it would be...
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Conservative MP for Forest of Dean
Entered the House of Commons on 5 May 2005 — General election
Topics of interest
Mark Harper campaigned to remain in the European Union
- Work and Pensions
- Home Department
- Environment Food and Rural Affairs
- Departmental Written Questions
- Departmental Disabled Staff
- Members: Correspondence
- Departmental ICT
Currently held offices
- The Secretary of State for Transport (since 25 Oct 2022)
- Member, Speaker's Conference Committee (since 19 Oct 2022)
Other offices held in the past
- Chief Whip (8 May 2015 to 14 Jul 2016)
- Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People) (15 Jul 2014 to 8 May 2015)
- Member, Administration Committee (10 Mar 2014 to 1 Dec 2014)
- The Minister for Immigration (6 Sep 2012 to 8 Feb 2014)
- The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office (12 May 2010 to 6 Sep 2012)
- Member, Work and Pensions Committee (29 Jun 2009 to 23 Nov 2009)
- Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (3 Jul 2007 to 6 May 2010)
- Shadow Minister (Defence) (8 Dec 2005 to 1 Apr 2007)
- Member, Administration Committee (12 Jul 2005 to 6 Nov 2006)
Previous MPs in this constituency
Public bill committees (Sittings attended)
Register of Members’ Interests
Last updated: 28 Nov 2022.
2. (b) Any other support not included in Category 2
Name of donor: G4S Risk Consulting Ltd
Address of donor: 46 Gillingham Street, London SW1V 1HU
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: Security training for myself and my office team, value £1,920
Date received: 8 April 2022
Date accepted: 8 April 2022
Donor status: company, registration 04047630
(Registered 11 April 2022)
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK
Self-employed chartered accountant (non-practising).
From 5 November 2020, Chairman of the Covid Recovery Group, a group of Conservative MPs
and peers which co-ordinates parliamentary work to facilitate the country’s recovery from Covid 19. This is an unpaid role. (Registered 26 January 2021)
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