Mark was born in 1970 and was educated at the Headlands School and Swindon College before studying PPE at Brasenose College, University of Oxford.
He qualified in 1995 as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and, until 2002, worked for Intel Corporation before establishing his own chartered accountancy practice in the Forest of Dean. He also served as a Governor at Newent Community School from November 2000 to July 2005.
Mark is married to Margaret. Outside of work, he enjoys travelling and keeping fit, including taking long walks with his two Labradors, Cara and Darci.
Mark Harper's Experience
Mark first stood as the Conservative candidate for the Forest of Dean in the 2001 general election, reducing Labour's majority from 6,343 to 2,049. In May 2005 he was elected as Member of Parliament for the Forest of Dean with a majority of 2,049.
In December 2005, he was appointed as a Shadow Minister for Defence. In July 2007, Mark was appointed as Shadow Minister for Disabled People.
Mark Harper was re-elected as MP for the Forest of Dean on May 6th 2010 with an increased majority of 11,064 and was subsequently appointed as Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform in the new Coalition Government. He works with the Deputy Prime Minister on a variety of issues including implementing equal-sized constituencies, fixed-term Parliaments and House of Lords reform. In September 2012 Mark was appointed Minister of State for Immigration.