British minister Harper resigns over cleaner’s visa

Prime minister David Cameron accepts resignation ‘with regret’

British Immigration minister Mark Harper

British Immigration minister Mark Harper


British immigration minister Mark Harper has quit after it emerged his cleaner was in the UK illegally.

Number 10 said the Forest of Dean MP offered his resignation after being informed of the highly-embarrassing situation.

But it insisted there was “no suggestion” he “knowingly employed an illegal immigrant”. “The prime minister has accepted the resignation of the Immigration Minister, Mark Harper,” a spokeswoman said.

“Mark Harper offered his resignation after he was informed that his cleaner did not have indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom, despite having shown him documents claiming she did.”

“He immediately notified the prime minister - who accepted his resignation with regret.

“There is no suggestion that Mr Harper knowingly employed an illegal immigrant.”