Roger Gale was born in 1943 and was educated at Hardye’s Grammar School
in Dorchester, Dorset, and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
He is married to Suzy, has three children and five grandchildren. He is a former
producer and director of Current Affairs programmes for the BBC, Editor of Thames
Television’s Teenage Unit, and a freelance radio journalist.
He has business experience both in the television industry and in market research.
He contested Birmingham Northfield at a by-election in 1982, was then elected as
the Member of Parliament for North Thanet at the General Election in June, 1983,
and was re-elected in 1987, 1992, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2017.
Roger was appointed as a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee from 1989 to 1992, and the Televising of the House Select Committee from 1989 to 1991. He was also the Founding Chairman of the All Party Group for the Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments.
During his 36 years in Parliament Roger has been a member of Parliamentary delegations to Norway (Arctic Warfare Training), Washington, The United Nations (New York) , The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Cuba, Cyprus, Zambia , Gabon, Namibia, Trinidad and Guyana. He was a member of the Council of Europe from 1987 to 1989 and has served as an International Election Observer in Outer Mongolia, South Africa., Mozambique, Ghana, The Gambia, Kenya, Botswana, Macedonia, Armenia, Georgia, The Russian Federation, Tunisia and Ukraine.. He also completed an assignment with VSO and the Ghana Federation for the Disabled.
He is currently the leader of the UK delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and in that capacity is the senior Vice-President and has served as President of the Assembly.
He has specialised knowledge of political broadcasting, media matters, press and PR., animal welfare, defence and criminal justice issues. Roger is the longest serving member of the Speaker`s Panel of Chairmen and, since his appointment in 1997, he has presided over a wide range of legislation in committee and served as a Deputy Speaker during the 2015 Queen's Speech debates.
Roger is a Fellow of the Industry & Parliament Trust, a Post-graduate member of the Parliament & Armed Forces Fellowship and was the first Member of Parliament to participate in the Police Service Parliamentary Scheme with the Metropolitan Police (1995/6). He undertook a Police Post Graduate attachment, has served as a Special Constable with the British Transport Police and was PPS to the Minister of State for the Armed Forces between 1992 and 1995. From 2001-2003 he was a Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party.
Roger is a Patron of Conservative Animal Welfare. He is also an Honorary Full Member of the British Veterinary Association , an honorary life member of The League Against Cruel Sports and holds the RSPCA`s Richard Martin Award for services to animal welfare. He also holds offices within a number of voluntary groups in his constituency, including St John Ambulance, The 1st Margate (St John’s) Scout Troop and Herne Bay Air Cadets. He is the founding Chairman of the Try Angle Awards Foundation.
Roger takes an ongoing and active interest in the very many voluntary and charitable organisations working locally in East Kent. He also keeps in regular touch with members of his local business community in N. Thanet while continuing daily to deal with constituency casework and with the overall needs of his North Thanet constituency.
Roger was made a Knight Bachelor in the New Year`s Honours list 2012 and a member of Her Majesty`s Privy Council in 2019, both in recognition of political and public service.
Roger’s wife, Suzy, who is his full-time Parliamentary Office Director, is President of the East Kent Unit for Breast Screening, Patron of the local Cats Protection branch and of CatChat. She is a former member of the Council of Management of the Strode Park Foundation for the Disabled. Suzy took over from Roger as Co-Chairman of Conservative Animal Welfare and is the Founder and Secretary of Animals Worldwide. She has more than twenty years` experience as a magistrate, latterly as a Family Court Chairman sitting in the Medway towns.
Roger is standing as the Conservative candidate in the December12th 2019 election seeking to once again represent North Thanet in Parliament. He says: “I hope and expect to be judged not upon my words but upon my record of service.”