|Member of the Scottish Parliament|
for South Scotland
|Assumed office |
6 May 2016
|Political party||Scottish National Party|
Harper was born and raised on a farm near Stranraer where her father was a dairyman. She attended Stranraer Academy. In 1978, the family moved to a farm near Annan and she attended Annan Academy prior to her nurse training in Dumfries at the Royal College of Nursing and Midwifery.
Harper has worked in hospitals in NHS Scotland and NHS England, and at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, United States. Her work included: transplant and trauma surgery, before going on to lead nursing surgical teams and provide specialist clinical education.
Harper is a degree-registered nurse and a member of the Royal College of Nursing and the Association for Perioperative Practice.
As a keen Burnsian Harper is past president of Dumfries Ladies Burns Club Number 1.
Harper joined the SNP in 2010.
In 2015 she stood for the UK Parliament as SNP candidate for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale & Tweeddale. She finished second and achieved a huge swing of +27.5% of the vote for the SNP, narrowly losing the seat by only 798 votes.
- "Election 2016: South Scotland. Scottish Parliament region". BBC News. 6 May 2016.
- Smith, Peter (14 April 2015). "STV election profile: Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale". STV News. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
- Kilpatrick, Sandy (6 July 2015). "MP David Mundell's spent more than total of all his rival candidates". dailyrecord.
- Profile on Scottish Parliament website