Gloucestershire’s newest hospital and £20m for Forest of Dean projects are among the former MP’s biggest achievements
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Gloucestershire’s newest hospital and £20m for Forest of Dean projects are among the former MP’s biggest achievements

Gloucestershire’s newest hospital and securing £20m to match funding for projects in the Forest of Dean are among former MP Mark Harper’s biggest achievements. The Conservative former Transport Secretary, who represented Dean for the past 19 years, lost the election by just 279 votes.

He said it had been a great honour to serve the Forest of Dean and noted that it had been a respectful election campaign. He congratulated his successor, Labour MP Matt Bishop, and wished him all the best.




“I am sure he will work incredibly hard to live up to the trust that the people of Forest have placed in him,” he said. “We are fortunate to live in a country where we can resolve our differences through argument and debate, something that is not possible for many millions of people around the world.

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“As an MP you can make a difference and two of my proudest achievements over the last few years have been the recent opening of the new Cinderford County Hospital and progress on the £20 million Levelling Up programme in Forest, which will include improvements to Cinderford town centre, leisure facilities at Five Acres and new opportunities for young people at Hartpury University and Hartpury College.

The new Forest of Dean Hospital in Cinderford (Photo: Mark Turner)

“As I am no longer a Member of Parliament, I will not be able to deal with any new correspondence. If you are a resident who had an ongoing matter with my office before the general election was called, I encourage you to contact Matt Bishop who will be able to deal with your query in an appropriate manner.”

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