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Your MP Mark Harper Resigns His Cabinet Post

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 09/02/2014

Your MP Mark Harper Resigns His Cabinet Post

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Hi,

you may well think that the most stupid thing a Minister with responsibility for Immigration could do is employ an illegal immigrant!

Yes on the surface this is true, however Mark Harper has fallen foul of his own laws, not due to dishonesty on his part, nor exploitation of a foreign worker but just because, as vassals of The EU without control of our borders it has become near as damn it impossible to keep up with the plethora of laws and diktats undemocratically imposed on us by the unelected dictator committee of the EU.

Yes Mark Harper fell foul of his own laws despite reasonable checks – this clearly shows that utilising the public as immigration police AND lawyers is clearly not reasonable!

Mark Harper is to be commended in that having imposed an unreasonable law, all be it to comply with EU diktat, he has had the integrity to resign, having fallen foul of his own law!

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Dear Prime Minister

In April 2007 I took on a cleaner for my London flat. In doing so, I was very mindful of my legal and financial obligations and undertook a number of checks beforehand.
This included consideration of the HMRC tests as to whether the cleaner was performing her work under a contract for services on a self-employed basis which I concluded she was.
However, even though there was no legal requirement for me to check her right to work in the UK, I felt that it was appropriate to do so. I therefore took a copy of her passport to verify her identity and also a copy of a Home Office letter, dated 26 January 2006, which stated that she had leave to remain indefinitely in the United Kingdom, including the right to work and engage in a business.

I considered the issue again when you appointed me as a Minister in the Cabinet Office in May 2010 and concluded that as I had performed a right to work check in 2007 and that my cleaner had indefinite leave to remain in the UK no further check was necessary.
When you then appointed me as Immigration Minister in September 2012 I went through a similar consideration process and once again concluded that no further check was necessary.
In retrospect, I should have checked more thoroughly.

As I took the Immigration Bill through Parliament in autumn 2013 I talked a lot about these matters in the context both of employers and landlords. What we do, and will, require of both is that they carry out reasonable checks and take copies of documents.
We do not require them to be experts or spot anything other than an obvious forgery. Given this focus on these matters, I thought it prudent to check that all my documents were in order for my cleaner. I undertook an extensive search to locate the copies of documents I had taken but unfortunately I was unable to locate them.

As a result, in the week commencing 20 January 2014 I asked my cleaner for further copies of these documents which she provided on 4 February. On 5 February, I asked my private office to check the details with immigration officials to confirm that all was in order.
I was informed on the morning of 6 February that my cleaner did not in fact have indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom. I immediately notified the Home Secretary and my Permanent Secretary. This is now a matter for Immigration Enforcement.

Although I complied with the law at all times, I consider that as Immigration Minister, who is taking legislation through Parliament which will toughen up our immigration laws, I should hold myself to a higher standard than expected of others. I have also considered the impact on my Parliamentary colleagues, the Government and you. I have always believed that politics is a team game, not an individual sport. Under the circumstances, I have therefore decided that the right course is for me to return to the Backbenches. I am sorry for any embarrassment caused.
I am grateful for the opportunities you have given me since you became Leader of the Conservative Party, first in Opposition and then in Government. I will continue to support you as Prime Minister, the Conservative Party and this Government in whatever way I can from the backbenches. I will also continue to serve my constituents in the Forest of Dean to the best of my ability.
Yours ever,
Mark
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You will no doubt have noted The Spectator article CLICK HERE which exposed the lack of integrity, when it comes to immigration laws, of Ed Milliband and his party:
It would be wrong, though, to think of Labour as a totally happy ship at the moment. There is the row over the visa status of Arnie Graf, the American community organiser and a close ally of Miliband. Graf’s friends think rivals inside the Labour machine deliberately leaked the news that he had no work permit in an effort to undermine him. Miliband’s confidants, by contrast, think the leak was designed to embarrass Iain McNicol, who as the party’s general secretary might would be hurt most by any administrative failure.

Our MP Mark Harper has it seems reintroduced the ethical and honourable concept of ‘an honourable resignation’.

Whether Mark Harper’s action catches on as a concept is however a very questionable point, as shown by the failure of any in Labour to resign over the utter mess they made of the economy that has left Britain suffering a prolonged period of austerity, which will get massively tougher if we are to avoid what is even thus likely bankruptcy.

Ethics were are so rare these days that a blind eye is turned to Milliband’s ducking the law just as Neither Tony Blair, nor Gordon Brown, nor Jack Straw nor any of their cabinet have stood trial for their overt and deliberate lies to the British peoples, Parliament and our allies in The UN nor the publication of an utterly dishonest and corrupt report on Iraq stolen from an Iraqi student at Berkley California and knowingly peddled as ‘British Intelligence’ for which Tony Blair’s puppet John Scarlet was rewartded for his lies with a Knighthood!

One wonders if Blair, Brown, Straw and the rest of that evil Cabinet will ever be called to account for their lies, war crimes and crimes against humanity, let alone have the integrity to resign!

Regards,

Greg_L-W.
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