Mark Harper MP


Mark Harper is the Conservative MP for the Forest of Dean.


Mark was educated at Headlands school, Swindon, and Swindon College, before studying philosophy, politics and economics at Brasenose College, Oxford.

Political career

Mark was elected as an MP in May 2005. In December 2005, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Defence and in July 2007 he became Shadow Minister for Disabled People. Following the formation of the Coalition government in 2010, Mark was appointed Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform. He was appointed Minister for Immigration in September 2012.

Career outside politics

Mark qualified as a chartered accountant with the professional services network, KPMG, in 1995. Until 2002 he worked for Intel Corporation in a variety of fields, including finance, business operations and marketing, before establishing his own chartered accountancy business in the Forest of Dean.

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform

    • 2010 to 2012
  2. Minister of State for Immigration

    • 2012 to 2014


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  1. Visa regulations

    • 26 February 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  2. Resignation of Mark Harper MP

    • 8 February 2014
    • Press release
  3. Endangered Iguanas seized by Border Force at Heathrow

    • 4 February 2014
    • News story
  4. EU readmission agreement with Azerbaijan

    • 4 February 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  5. Immigration fees and charging: consultation response

    • 30 January 2014
    • Statement to Parliament
  6. Border Force awarded International Honours

    • 28 January 2014
    • News story
  7. Couple jailed over South London sham marriage

    • 24 January 2014
    • News story
  8. Scottish independence: Analysis paper on borders and citizenship published

    • 23 January 2014
    • News story
  9. New Director General of Immigration Enforcement announced

    • 6 January 2014
    • News story
  10. Amendments to EU-Swiss agreement following Croatian accession

    • 12 December 2013
    • Statement to Parliament

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