Phi Wire Hand Picked Politics - Live

  • Mike Ion | Educating Labour: We need a school system that will deliver equity aswell as exc...

    • source icon
    • 12:54
  • James Forsyth | Murphy’s mission

    • source icon
    • 12:30
  • Harry Phibbs | Conservative MEP Philip Bradbourn has died

    • source icon
    • 11:45
  • Harry Phibbs | The Conservative challenge to win back Express Man from UKIP

    • source icon
    • 09:14
  • Harry Saville | No, this new free trade deal won’t cause fire, flood,famine – or the collapse of...

    • source icon
    • 06:30
  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

RSS

Mark Harper MP

DWP Minister

Green Box: Mark HarperClick to open

+ Expand all - Collapse all

Stories involving Mark Harper

Harper calls for businesses to hire disabled

Every British business should take on a disabled person for work experience, a minister has said. T

he call from Mark Harper, Disabled People Minister, is backed by a range of firms, as part of a drive to encourage employers to hire workers with disabilities.

Mr Harper said he wanted “employers to see for themselves the talent and drive of disabled people”.


New transparency measures on lobbyists

The Government has unveiled a consultation on a new statutory register for lobbyists.

Among other areas, ministers will look at how lobbyists are defined and what sanctions should be in place.

The Cabinet Office says it will not require organisations to give detailed financial information as this would "provide too great an administrative burden".

However, there could be a move to make lobbyists reveal how much their clients pay for their services.

The move comes after a string of lobbying scandals provoked concern about charities and single-issue groups acting as front organisations.

Cabinet Office Minister Mark Harper said: "Lobbying has an important role in the policy making process, ensuring that Ministers and senior officials hear a full range of views from those who will be affected by Government decisions. But it must be conducted in a transparent and open way.

"We already publish an unprecedented amount of information about who Ministers and senior officials meet.

"However, it's not always possible to understand the significance of these meetings, because it's not always obvious who the people ministers and officials meet represent.

"That's why the Government wants a register that will bring more transparency to the lobbying process and we would welcome the views of the public and the lobbying industry on this consultation document."


Government plans to introduce compulsory individual registration has been brought forward by a year to 2014. Mark Harper, minister for political and constitutional reform, hopes the proposals will reduce fraud and increase people's confidence in the electoral system.


Insider Research

PoliticsHome Research

No.10: PM has 'confidence' in Huhne
Lords rebels playing 'silly games'

Tories threatening to rebel on the Lords Reform Bill are playing "silly games" that threaten the future of the Coalition, the Conservative minister charged with overseeing the bill has said.

In an interview with the Guardian, Mark Harper warned colleagues they would breach the coalition agreement if they defy the three-line whip when the House votes on the bill's programme motion on Tuesday.

But opposition from the backbenches continues to mount: on the Week in Westminster today, Tory MP Bernard Jenkin said Lords reform was nothing more than a manoeuvre to keep the Coalition together, arguing that it would lose its authority if "it presses this to the nth degree".

Labour's Lord Foulkes criticised as "outrageous" the planned timetabling for the bill, which would see it spend just 10 days in committee. He promised it would be subject to "very, very detailed scrutiny" should it pass into the Lords.


Govt to reveal lobbying findings next week

The Government will release a consultation paper next week revealing its findings on how to reform Britain's lobbying industry. The Independent says that Mark Harper, the minister with responsibility for political reform, is to unveil the proposals, although there are already criticisms that such plans have already been diluted in face of pressure from lobbyists.


Members of parliament are questioning if murderers and paedophiles will have the vote as a result of the government overturning the blanket ban on prisoners voting.


Related PRO Content

On air

Mark Harper: The benefit cap has worked

15/12/2014 on Today, BBC Radio 4

Commons Business

House of Commons Business

27/10/2014

PoliticsHome News

Alex Salmond hints at standing for election in Westminster

24/10/2014 on BBC Question Time

On air

Mark Harper: Child abuse inquiry isn't a one woman band

22/10/2014 on Daily Politics, BBC Two

On air

Mark Harper: Lord Freud made a mistake

15/10/2014 on Sky News

Commons Business

House of Commons Business

08/09/2014