Forest of Dean (House of Commons)
Mr Mark Harper MP (Conservative)
Surgery: 1143 Regent Court
Gloucester Business Park
Surgery Tel: 01594 823482
MP Since - 2005 Majority - 11,064 Born - 26/02/1970. Married (Margaret).
Education - The Headlands School, Swindon College. Brasenose College, University of Oxford.
Previous Occupation - Chartered Accountant with KMPG. Worked for Intel Corporation until 2002. Currently self employed business consultant.
Personal Overview - Has a career background in business, working in finance, marketing and business operations, most recently with his own local Chartered Accountancy practice. Has been involved locally campaigning on improving broadband internet access, as well as for tighter planning controls over phone mast locations. During the 2001 Parliament, he also opposed the Government's Animal Health Bill (produced in the wake of the Foot and Mouth farming crisis). Remained on the back benches early in the 2005 parliament, gaining a Select Committee membership, before joining the Opposition Front Bench in the summer of 2007 and entering Government as a junior Minister in May 2010. Achieved promotion to Minister of State level at the 2012 Government reshuffle.
Political History - Stood as Conservative candidate for the Forest of Dean (2001). Conservative Parliamentary spokesman for the Forest of Dean (2002-). Member of the Administration Select Committee (2005-06). Member of the Work & Pensions Select Committee (2009). Shadow Minister for Defence (2005-07), Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions (Shadow Minister for Disabled People) (2007-10). Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office (2010-12). Minister of State for Immigration (2012-).
Characteristics - Governor at a junior school in Swindon (1997-2000) and currently a governor at Newent Community School. Enjoys travelling, cooking and the cinema (Local cinemas in Coleford and Cinderford).
Business Tel: 0207 219 5056
Interests: Agriculture,Business & Finance,Small Business,Health,Rural
- Chagos Islands (British Indian Overseas Territory) Group (Member)
South West (European Parliament)
Earl William of Dartmouth MEP (UK Independence)
MEP Since - 2009 Born - 23/09/49. 10th Earl of Dartmouth.
Education - Eton. Christchurch College, Oxford. Harvard Business School.
Previous Occupation - Chartered Accountant, working in the United Arab Emirates (1975-77). Worked in the US for 6 years before returning to work in the UK in 1983 in finance, property and communications. Director, Hanson Transport. Chairman and Founder of Kirklees Cable.
Personal Overview - Former Conservative Peer who defected to the UK Independence party successfully gained election to the European Parliament at the 2009 elections. From a background in accountancy, he has worked in several countries, including the United Arab Emirates and US. A former Hereditary Peer, he lost his seat in the House of Lords in November 1999 in the Lords reforms of that year. Having reinvented himself as a UK Independence member he has the opportunity to use his accountancy skills to highlight any financial issues within the EU.
Political History - General Election candidate (Conservative) for Leigh (February 1974), Stockport South (October 1974). Succeeded his father to became a member of the House of Lords (1997-99). European Parliament candidate (1999). Joined the UK Independence Party (2007). Current prospective parliamentary candidate for Exeter. MEP South West Region (2009-). Member of the Committee on International Trade (2009-). Substitute member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Other Information - At Oxford he was elected Secretary of the Oxford Union.
Intergroups - N/a.
Business Tel: 32(0)2 28 49735
Interests: Business & Finance
- Foreign Affairs (Substitute)
- International Trade (Member)
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