Joseph Harper (English politician)
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He was elected as the Member of Parliament MP for Pontefract at a by-election in 1962. He was MP for the constituency and then the reformed Pontefract and Castleford constituency until he died in office at the age of 64. Playwright James Graham has attributed Harper's death to his decision to "[delay] emergency surgery in his determination to never miss a vote".
Harper was from a working-class background working at Ackton Hall Colliery, Featherstone. He lived at 11 Bedford Close, Featherstone with his wife Gwen and youngest daughter Pat. He had a further daughter, Wendy, who also resided on Bedford Close, and two sons Glyn and Graham.
- A hung parliament? It’ll be the 1970s again, and people will die, by James Graham, in the Guardian; published June 13, 2017; retrieved June 13, 2017
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Joseph Harper
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