name = Roger Gale
honorific-suffix = MP
constituency_MP2 = North Thanet
majority2 = 7,634 (17.5%)
predecessor2 = Constituency created
9 June 1983
birth_date = Birth date and age|1943|8|20|df=yes
nationality = British
spouse = Susan Gabrielle Marks
party = Conservative
website = [http://www.rogergale.com/ www.rogergale.com]
He is the only former
pirate radio disc-jockeyto become a Member of Parliament. [http://www.offshoreradio.co.uk/djse2h.htm] He joined Radio CarolineNorth in August 1964, where he stayed until January 1965. In June of the same year he joined Caroline South, before becoming programme director at Radio Scotland.He worked as the personal assistant to the general manager at Universal Films for nine years from 1962, before joining the BBCin 1972 as a reporterfor Radio London, becoming a producer of current affairs in 1973. He became the producer of Radio 1's Newsbeat, then the producer of Radio 4's Today programmefrom 1973-6. In 1976, he was appointed Director of BBC Children's Television. He left the BBC in 1979 and joined Thames Televisionas a senior producer on children's television where he remained until his election to parliament.
He joined the Conservative Party in 1964, and was elected as the vice chairman of the Conservative Association in
Holbornand St Pancras in 1971. He was selected to contested Birmingham Northfield at the 1982 by-election caused by the suicideof the sitting Conservative MP Jocelyn Cadbury. He narrowly lost the by-election to Labour's John Spellarby just 289 votes. He was elected to the House of Commons at the 1983 General Election for the newly drawn Kentseat of Thanet North. He won the seat with a majority of 14,545 and has remained the MP there since. His Labour Party opponent in the 1983 election was Cherie Blair, wife of the former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
He served as a member of the home affairs select committee in 1990 and was appointed as the
Parliamentary Private Secretaryto the successive ministers of state at the Ministry of Defence Archie Hamiltonand Jeremy Hanleyfollowing the 1992 General Election until 1994. He was a member of the broadcasting select committee from between the general elections of 1997 and 2005. He has been a member of the Speaker's Panel of Chairmen since 1997. He was the vice chairman of the Conservative Party under the leadership of Iain Duncan Smithfrom 2001-2003.
Gale has expressed strong views in support of
capital punishment, voicing it as the solution to knife crime [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7508404.stm BBC NEWS | Magazine | The point of knives ] ] though, unlike many Conservative MPs, he supports the ban on fox hunting. He is also a eurosceptic. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/2175525.stm Roger Gale profile] , BBC, 16 October 2002. Retrieved on 18 March 2008.] He is a founding member and current president of Conservative Animal Welfare, a group of Conservative MPs and MEPs interested in the promotion animal welfare.
Roger Gale has been married three times, firstly to Wendy Dawn Bowman in 1964, whom he divorced in 1967, in 1971 he married Susan Linda Sampson and they had a daughter - they too divorced in 1980. Later the same year he married Susan Gabrielle Marks and they have two sons and a host of
pets. He is a member of three trade unions the National Union of Journalists; the Equity and the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union(BECTU). He has activly supported the Conservative Trade Unionists organisation, being a long serving President of the Greater London branch. He has travelled widely including to Norway, United States of America, The Gambia, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Cuba, Cyprus, Zambia, Mongolia, South Africa, Mozambique, Ghana, Kenya, Macedonia, and Botswana.
* [http://www.rogergale.com His website]
* [http://www.conservatives.com/tile.do?def=people.person.page&PersonID=4733 Roger Gale profile] from conservatives.com
* [http://politics.guardian.co.uk/person/0,9290,-1857,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Roger Gale MP]
* [http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/roger_gale/north_thanet TheyWorkForYou.com - Roger Gale MP]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/mpdb/html/576.stm BBC Politics page]
* [http://www.cawg.org.uk/index.php Conservative Animal Welfare]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/4148717.stm Critcising Tsunami three minute silence in January 2005]
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