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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.
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.
Consistently voted for university tuition fees Show votes
5 votes for, 0 votes against, between 2010–2017.
Generally voted against removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
2 votes for, 2 votes against, between 2011–2016.
Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Show votes
0 votes for, 5 votes against, in 2013.
Generally voted for encouraging occupational pensions Show votes
3 votes for, 1 vote against, between 2010–2011.
Almost always voted for increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
21 votes for, 5 votes against, 1 absence, between 2010–2019.
Last updated: 12 Oct 2020.
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Mark Harper has occasionally rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to Question 27052 tabled by the Rt hon. Member for Forest Dean on 5 July 2021, for what reason it has not been possible to provide an Answer by the named day of 8 July 2021; and by which date he plans to provide a substantive Answer to that Question.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason it was not possible to answer Question 28127 tabled by the hon. Member for Forest of Dean on the named day of 12 July 2021; and when he plans to provide a substantive response to that question.
May I, through you, Mr Deputy Speaker, add my thanks to Mr Speaker and every member of staff of the House who has enabled us to continue to function through the pandemic? But of course, as we have now protected the vulnerable and, increasingly, every adult through vaccination, we can thankfully go back to something close to normal in September. I welcome the Leader of the House saying that it...
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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
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: 26 Jul 2021.
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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