New Minister for Disabled People Announced in Government Reshuffle- Mark Harper MP
On July 15th the Prime Minister, David Cameron, underwent a thorough reshuffle of his cabinet, moving prominent members like Rt. Hon Michael Gove MP and Rt. Hon William Hague MP out and bringing in more women in preparation for the General Election in May 2015.
An important change for Livability was the appointment of Conservative MP for Forest Dean, Mark Harper, to the position of Minister for Disabled People, to replace Mike Penning MP who has become Minister of State for Policing. Below is a mini profile of Mark Harper MP which should tell you everything you need to know.
PROFILE Mark Harper MP, Minister for Disabled People
- He was educated in Swindon before reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Oxford University
- He went on to be a chartered accountant for KPMG and then went on to work for Intel Corporation
- He was first elected as MP in 2005
- He served as Shadow Minister for Defence from 2005-2007
- He has some experience with disability issues as he served as Shadow Minister for Disabled People from 2007-2010
- In 2012 he was appointed as Minister of State for Immigration, a post from which he had to resign in 2014 following controversy
- In the past he has voted ‘very strongly for’ greater restrictions on campaigning by third parties
- He also voted ‘very strongly for’ a reduction in spending on welfare benefits
- He voted ‘very strongly for’ a reduction in local government funding
For more information on Mark Harper MP’s background- see links below:
Follow his Twitter profile here: @Mark_J_Harper