Forest of Dean MP Mark Harper new Immigration Minister in reshuffle
PRIME Minister David Cameron has appointed Forest of Dean MP Mark Harper as Minister for Immigration.
In his new post as a Minister at the Home Office, Mark will be working for the Home Secretary, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, focusing on matters relating to immigration.
Mr Harper said: “It is a real privilege to represent the Forest of Dean in Parliament, and I will continue to serve my constituents loyally as I have done for the last seven years.
"It was a privilege to be asked by the Prime Minister to join the Coalition Government in 2010, and is a further honour to be asked to take up this new role in the Home Office.
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"I look forward to working with Theresa May on playing our part in keeping this country a safe place to live, while making our economy more competitive and ensuring our country is one for people who work hard and want to get on.”
Mr Harper was elected as Member of Parliament in May 2005 and was soon elevated to Shadow Minister for Defence.
In July 2007, he was appointed as a Shadow Minister for Disabled People.
He was re-elected as MP for the Forest of Dean on May 6, 2010 with an increased majority of 11,064 and was subsequently appointed as Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform in the new Coalition Government.
Recently he was set on a colisioon course with his constituents over proposals to sell off Forestry Commission woodland - a plan which was shelved in the face of major public opposition.