Mark Harper

MP, Forest of Dean

Forest of Dean Conservative

Mark Harper campaigned to remain in the European Union

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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 selection of Mark Harper’s votes.

  • Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability Show votes
  • Consistently voted for an equal number of electors per parliamentary constituency Show votes
  • Generally voted for encouraging occupational pensions Show votes
  • Generally voted for a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Show votes
  • Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Show votes
  • Generally voted against a more proportional system for electing MPs Show votes

We have lots more plain English analysis of Mark Harper’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Mark Harper’s full vote analysis page for more.

Mark Harper has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Rights of EU Nationals 19 Oct 2016

    The hon. Gentleman mentioned the Foreign Secretary and diplomacy, so may I ask a question that might test his? Does he agree with his party leader, and presumably his party’s policy, that Labour wants to continue having free movement even after we have left the EU? That is the position set out by his leader. Can he just confirm to the House, because we want clarity and certainty, if...
  • Rights of EU Nationals 19 Oct 2016

    There is another reason why I think that my hon. Friend is right to be both reasonable and cautious. As a former Immigration Minister, knowing the difficult challenges that he faces, I suggest that one of the important things that the House must do in order to deliver certainty is use very clear language. Many immigration matters go to court. Referring to people who have made their home...
  • Rights of EU Nationals 19 Oct 2016


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Conservative MP for Forest of Dean

Entered the House of Commons on 5 May 2005 — General election


Topics of interest

  • Defence
  • Work and Pensions
  • Health
  • Home Department
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • Afghanistan
  • Departmental Written Questions
  • Departmental Disabled Staff
  • Members: Correspondence
  • Departmental ICT

Other offices held in the past

  • The Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (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)


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More about this

  • Has spoken in 7 debates in the last year — well below average amongst MPs. See all Mark Harper’s speeches
  • Has received answers to 0 written questions in the last year — well below average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a low number of messages sent via during 2015, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 89.97% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well above average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 43 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well above average amongst MPs.
  • This MP’s speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 17–18 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
  • 141 people are tracking this MP — email me updates on Mark Harper’s activity
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 1044 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 17 Oct 2016.

1. Employment and earnings
28 September 2016, I received a payment of £400 from Gatehouse Advisory Partners Ltd (advisory services), 1 Tudor Street, London, EC4Y 0AH, for speaking at a roundtable event on 20 September 2016. Hours: 5 hrs (inc travel & preparation). (Registered 12 October 2016)
3. Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources
Whilst Conservative Chief Whip in the House of Commons, I accepted Honorary membership of the Carlton Club for life. (Registered 06 August 2015)
8. Miscellaneous
Self-employed chartered accountant (non-practising)

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