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Roger and his wife Suzy have lived, for more than forty years, with their menagerie of assorted rescued dogs and cats in their family home in the heart of the Herne Bay and Sandwich (with West Thanet) constituency. They have three children and five grandchildren. 

Roger was first elected to represent the then North Thanet seat in 1983. He has served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to two Ministers of State for the Armed Forces, on the Home Affairs Select Committee, as Chairman of the All-Party Animal Welfare Group and most recently , having been the longest-serving member of the Speaker`s Panel of Chairmen, as a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons. 


Roger has worked in conflict zones as an International Election Observer and has carried out duties as a warrant-holding Special Constable. He has held office with a number of local and national charities including the Chairmanship of the Try Angle Awards Foundation. He is currently the only parliamentary holder of the RSPCA`s Richard Martin Award. In 2012 Roger received a knighthood from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second in recognition of his public service and was made a Member of the Privy Council in January 2019.

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