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Citizen editor: As immigration minister Mark Harper had to fall on his sword

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 10, 2014

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MARK Harper really had no choice but to resign, on the discovery that his cleaner was an illegal immigrant.

As Mr Harper is an immigration minister, it is rather an embarrassment, to say the least.

But he has won a great deal of praise for doing the decent thing and falling on his sword. People have spoken of his integrity at a time when many a politician is criticised for a lack of it.

In his exclusive interview with the Citizen, he has said he would, if asked, take up another government position. Of course he would. After all, he was on the way up in the party as a skilled politician with the image to match. He was once described by sketch writer Quentin Letts as "so clean-faced you could almost smell the shaving foam". His resignation must be disappointing, to put it mildly, for David Cameron.

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But there is a silver lining here for his constituency party members and indeed for the Forest as it means he can focus on the needs of those he was chosen to represent.

Greatly missed

TWO shining lights of our communities have gone out – Marilyn Champion, who was a real force for change in the city centre, and Rob Dawes, who dedicated so much of his time to Hardwicke Rangers.

The tributes which have poured in for these two show how much their passion was appreciated by so many.

Every community needs people like Marilyn and Rob who stick their neck out to make a difference.

Their gusto will be greatly missed.

Well done, Kevin

KEVIN Brady might not have received worldwide media attention but his feat along the Mississippi is no less impressive than that of his cousin Jamie McDonald.

He too battled freezing temperatures by paddling 2,350 miles along the famous river solo. What an amazing achievement and again this has helped raise money for sick children in Gloucestershire.

Well done, Kevin.

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  • jackson99  |  February 10 2014, 4:05PM

    If people who take on illegal immigrants can be fined how came he was not. Plus his departmant brought in new laws where its the resonsibility of the employer to ensure that any person they employ has the legal right to work here. If who worked as a Immigaration Minister cant understand the rules, how does he expect other people to. Seems it not hios fault but the lack of biometric passports - which was scrapped by the present Goverment in 2012 after costing £4.9 billion pounds.

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