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26th February 2024

Yesterday saw the second anniversary of the Russian invasion of Eastern Ukraine. The current war in Ukraine has been waged for ten, not just two, years. The Neo-Soviet Union annexed Crimea in 2014 and the reaction of Europe and the United States was so weak as to encourage Putin to invade Eastern Ukraine in February 2022. I would hope that even at this late stage my former friends in the Republican Party will remind themselves of the Western failure to support Hungary in 1956 and Czechoslovakia

National Federation of Cypriots in the UK 14th February 2024

The delegation of MPs from the Cyprus APPG have begun the day by meeting with House President Annita Demetriou as part of their #Cyprus visit APPG Honorary President Sir Roger Gale MP was awarded the Medal of Βουλή των Αντιπροσώπων - House of Representatives in honour of his lifelong efforts to support Cyprus & its people

National Federation of Cypriots in the UK 14th February 2024

The delegation of MPs from the Cyprus APPG have begun the day by meeting with House President Annita Demetriou as part of their #Cyprus visit APPG Honorary President Sir Roger Gale MP was awarded the Medal of Βουλή των Αντιπροσώπων - House of Representatives in honour of his lifelong efforts to support Cyprus & its people

5th February 2024

I share , on behalf of my constituents, the sentiments expressed by Mr Speaker in the House of Commons earlier this evening. Our thoughts and good wishes are with His Majesty King Charles and with the Royal Family at what is clearly a difficult time for them all. We all wish The King a swift and full recovery.

12th January 2024

From an ageing pirate to a trailblazer and the very first of the still too few: rock in peace Annie.

December 24th 2023

Suzy joins me, our family, and the Team at the Old Forge in wishing you a Happy Christmas and a healthy, peaceful and splendid year.

December 22nd 2023

Last night it was great to attend the awarding of the Freedom of the Parish of Acol, presented by the Chairman of the Parish Council, Cllr Richard Steel. These are the first recipients of the Freedom of The Parish of Acol. Congratulations to Shiela Bransfield, David Hayfield and Iris Osborne. Richly deserved recognition of their service to the village.

December 19th 2023

Today we remember the life and service of Police Constable Jon Odell. P.C Odell was killed while on duty on Shottendane Road, Margate, on 19th December 2000. He will never be forgotten.

December 6th 2023

In the absence of Mr Speaker Hoyle, who has covid, the senior Deputy Speaker Dame Eleanor Laing (Chairman of Way’s and Means) has launched the start of the Westminster Christmas with the illumination of the tree in New Palace Yard. On occasions such as this the House, and particularly those of us who serve as Deputy Speakers, enjoy the opportunity to rise above partisan politics in the interest of the spirit of Christmas.

December 6th 2023

In the absence of Mr Speaker Hoyle, who has covid, the senior Deputy Speaker Dame Eleanor Laing (Chairman of Way’s and Means) has launched the start of the Westminster Christmas with the illumination of the tree in New Palace Yard. On occasions such as this the House, and particularly those of us who serve as Deputy Speakers, enjoy the opportunity to rise above partisan politics in the interest of the spirit of Christmas.

December 6th 2023

In the absence of Mr Speaker Hoyle, who has covid, the senior Deputy Speaker Dame Eleanor Laing (Chairman of Way’s and Means) has launched the start of the Westminster Christmas with the illumination of the tree in New Palace Yard. On occasions such as this the House, and particularly those of us who serve as Deputy Speakers, enjoy the opportunity to rise above partisan politics in the interest of the spirit of Christmas.

13th November 2023

Remembrance is not about ‘us’. It is about ‘them’. And we will, always, remember not only those who made the ultimate sacrifice in two world wars but those who have given their lives in the service of our nation in more recent conflicts. “If you break faith with us who die we shall not rest” We will remember them. Photo taken by Frank Leppard photography

11th November 2023

We will remember them.

7th November 2023

Mr Speaker Hoyle and his Deputies in the Speaker’s House before the State Opening of Parliament by Charles the Third in the first King’s Speech for seventy years.

October 30th 2023

Good news for the villagers of Minster, Manston and Monkton that Rajan and Pritesh Patel have brought the Post Office back to Atwell’s Premier in Minster High Street. A really welcome addition to the local business community.

October 30th 2023

Good news for the villagers of Minster, Manston and Monkton that Rajan and Pritesh Patel have brought the Post Office back to Atwell’s Premier in Minster High Street. A really welcome addition to the local business community.

October 30th 2023

Last night it was good to join Birchington District Councillors Cllr George Kup and Cllr Reece Pugh with Parish Council Chairman Neville Hudson at the Royal British Legion - Birchington Branch Poppy Appeal Launch Concert in the Village Centre. Huge thanks to Max Houghton, Brian Faulkner and the Birchington Branch for organising the event and of course to the Inspirational Creative Signing Choir and Thanet Male Voice Choir, Director Martin Rendle and accompanist Deborah Longley for the programme.

October 30th 2023

Last night it was good to join Birchington District Councillors Cllr George Kup and Cllr Reece Pugh with Parish Council Chairman Neville Hudson at the Royal British Legion - Birchington Branch Poppy Appeal Launch Concert in the Village Centre. Huge thanks to Max Houghton, Brian Faulkner and the Birchington Branch for organising the event and of course to the Inspirational Creative Signing Choir and Thanet Male Voice Choir, Director Martin Rendle and accompanist Deborah Longley for the programme.

October 30th 2023

Last night it was good to join Birchington District Councillors Cllr George Kup and Cllr Reece Pugh with Parish Council Chairman Neville Hudson at the Royal British Legion - Birchington Branch Poppy Appeal Launch Concert in the Village Centre. Huge thanks to Max Houghton, Brian Faulkner and the Birchington Branch for organising the event and of course to the Inspirational Creative Signing Choir and Thanet Male Voice Choir, Director Martin Rendle and accompanist Deborah Longley for the programme.

October 29th 2023

Thanks to the Ramsgate Branch of the Royal British Legion Festival, organisers of the Festival of Remembrance at The Granville Theatre last night. Splendidly led by The Reverend Paul Worledge and stirringly addressed by RBL Trustee Elizabeth Butler. "If ye break faith with us who die we shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders's fields" We will remember them.

9th October 2023

Congratulations to Maya Amangeldiyeva on her success in reaching the national final of the Pride of Britain awards. This is a fitting recognition of Maya's tireless work for refugees from the war in Ukraine, for the victims of earthquakes in Turkey, Syria and Morocco and for the community in Herne Bay. Richly deserved. Herne Bay is proud of you and your team!

9th October 2023

Congratulations to Maya Amangeldiyeva on her success in reaching the national final of the Pride of Britain awards. This is a fitting recognition of Maya's tireless work for refugees from the war in Ukraine, for the victims of earthquakes in Turkey, Syria and Morocco and for the community in Herne Bay. Richly deserved. Herne Bay is proud of you and your team!

15th September 2023

Congratulations to Maya and all at Maya's community support Centre for winning the ITV Meridian Regional Fundraiser of the Year Category. Now for The Pride of Britain Awards National final!

14th Septyember 2023

Dropped in to the open day at Monkton Nature Reserve this weekend. Very exciting things are about to start happening. Watch this space!

9th September 2023

Thanks to all who attended our annual Association dinner yesterday and to Michelle and all at The Swan in Westgate who hosted us. A memorable evening capped with a characteristically robust speech from our Guest of Honour Tracey Crouch.

9th September 2023

Thanks to all who attended our annual Association dinner yesterday and to Michelle and all at The Swan in Westgate who hosted us. A memorable evening capped with a characteristically robust speech from our Guest of Honour Tracey Crouch.

9th September 2023

Thanks to all who attended our annual Association dinner yesterday and to Michelle and all at The Swan in Westgate who hosted us. A memorable evening capped with a characteristically robust speech from our Guest of Honour Tracey Crouch.

9th September 2023

Thanks to all who attended our annual Association dinner yesterday and to Michelle and all at The Swan in Westgate who hosted us. A memorable evening capped with a characteristically robust speech from our Guest of Honour Tracey Crouch.

8th September 2023

Today marks a year since Queen Elizabeth II passed away. As our longest serving monarch her Majesty’s legacy still lives on and will continue to do so.

3rd September 2023

Thanks to Steve and Theresa Ling and to all who helped to deliver another excellent Acol Horticultural Society Autumn Show. Well done the village!

July 9th 2023

With Paul Twyman (Head Gardener) and Julie Wickenden (Manager) at the Drapers/Yoakley House Summer Garden Party. The beautiful gardens are open to the public next weekend.

July 5th 2023

Representing the Speaker of the House of Commons at the Tynwald (Manx Parliament) Day celebrations on the Isle of Man and visiting the Viking encampment at Cooil y Ree Gardens, St John’s. I met with the Captain of the Parish of German, Allen Corlett at the stone cairn which now contains a pebble from the 'bouncing bomb' beach at Reculver!

July 5th 2023

Representing the Speaker of the House of Commons at the Tynwald (Manx Parliament) Day celebrations on the Isle of Man and visiting the Viking encampment at Cooil y Ree Gardens, St John’s. I met with the Captain of the Parish of German, Allen Corlett at the stone cairn which now contains a pebble from the 'bouncing bomb' beach at Reculver!

July 5th 2023

Representing the Speaker of the House of Commons at the Tynwald (Manx Parliament) Day celebrations on the Isle of Man and visiting the Viking encampment at Cooil y Ree Gardens, St John’s. I met with the Captain of the Parish of German, Allen Corlett at the stone cairn which now contains a pebble from the 'bouncing bomb' beach at Reculver!

July 3rd 2023

Brillaint to attend the TryAngle Awards today. In the picture below, Bill Butler (Founder) Sue Chandler (KCC Cabinet ) and Emily Lindridge (Personal Development), Jay Reed (Personal Achievement in the Arts), Paige Cook (Personal Achievement in Sport), Paris Rapps (Courage), Cary's Morgan (Good Friends and Young Carers). Emily Harding-McCormack (Positive Intervention), Laker Knight (Community Action), and Shannon Sheridan (Personal Achievement in Music). Well done to the Overall Winner 2023, Pai

July 3rd 2023

Brillaint to attend the TryAngle Awards today. In the picture below, Bill Butler (Founder) Sue Chandler (KCC Cabinet ) and Emily Lindridge (Personal Development), Jay Reed (Personal Achievement in the Arts), Paige Cook (Personal Achievement in Sport), Paris Rapps (Courage), Cary's Morgan (Good Friends and Young Carers). Emily Harding-McCormack (Positive Intervention), Laker Knight (Community Action), and Shannon Sheridan (Personal Achievement in Music). Well done to the Overall Winner 2023, Pai

July 1st 2023

With Uwe Derksen at the opening of the Margate School "Enchanted Things" Fine Art Masters Degree Show (open from 1st- 9th July at 31 Margate High Street - don't miss Cheri Allcock's amazing film!)

June 25th 2023

On Sunday 25th June I went to the Race For Life in Herne Bay. I met Kevin from Folkestone who has been officiating at Race for Life for more than 20 years and got to wish Joy Nock good luck as well as the Herne Bay Belles before the start of the 3k. An incredible over £50,000 was raised for a very worthwhile cause.

June 25th 2023

On Sunday 25th June I went to the Race For Life in Herne Bay. I met Kevin from Folkestone who has been officiating at Race for Life for more than 20 years and got to wish Joy Nock good luck as well as the Herne Bay Belles before the start of the 3k. An incredible over £50,000 was raised for a very worthwhile cause.

June 25th 2023

On Sunday 25th June I went to the Race For Life in Herne Bay. I met Kevin from Folkestone who has been officiating at Race for Life for more than 20 years and got to wish Joy Nock good luck as well as the Herne Bay Belles before the start of the 3k. An incredible over £50,000 was raised for a very worthwhile cause.

June 25th 2023

On Sunday 25th June I went to the Race For Life in Herne Bay. I met Kevin from Folkestone who has been officiating at Race for Life for more than 20 years and got to wish Joy Nock good luck as well as the Herne Bay Belles before the start of the 3k. An incredible over £50,000 was raised for a very worthwhile cause.

23rd June 2023

Celebrating the finale of National Schools Sports Week with students at Herne Bay High School and watching Sports Leader Bella Turner setting a new school time record for the hula hoop!

23rd June 2023

Celebrating the finale of National Schools Sports Week with students at Herne Bay High School and watching Sports Leader Bella Turner setting a new school time record for the hula hoop!

18th June 2023

Huge thanks to all who contributed to make the second Birchington Literary Festival (“BirchLitFest”) such a great success. Those who came experienced a series of great talks. Those who did not will have to hear others talking about it for weeks! Make a note - come next year and bring your friends and children and grandchildren. Birchington Together CIC

18th June 2023

Huge thanks to all who contributed to make the second Birchington Literary Festival (“BirchLitFest”) such a great success. Those who came experienced a series of great talks. Those who did not will have to hear others talking about it for weeks! Make a note - come next year and bring your friends and children and grandchildren. Birchington Together CIC

18th June 2023

Huge thanks to all who contributed to make the second Birchington Literary Festival (“BirchLitFest”) such a great success. Those who came experienced a series of great talks. Those who did not will have to hear others talking about it for weeks! Make a note - come next year and bring your friends and children and grandchildren. Birchington Together CIC

18th June 2023

Huge thanks to all who contributed to make the second Birchington Literary Festival (“BirchLitFest”) such a great success. Those who came experienced a series of great talks. Those who did not will have to hear others talking about it for weeks! Make a note - come next year and bring your friends and children and grandchildren. Birchington Together CIC

18th June 2023

Huge thanks to all who contributed to make the second Birchington Literary Festival (“BirchLitFest”) such a great success. Those who came experienced a series of great talks. Those who did not will have to hear others talking about it for weeks! Make a note - come next year and bring your friends and children and grandchildren. Birchington Together CIC

18th June 2023

Huge thanks to all who contributed to make the second Birchington Literary Festival (“BirchLitFest”) such a great success. Those who came experienced a series of great talks. Those who did not will have to hear others talking about it for weeks! Make a note - come next year and bring your friends and children and grandchildren. Birchington Together CIC

18th June 2023

Huge thanks to all who contributed to make the second Birchington Literary Festival (“BirchLitFest”) such a great success. Those who came experienced a series of great talks. Those who did not will have to hear others talking about it for weeks! Make a note - come next year and bring your friends and children and grandchildren. Birchington Together CIC

18th June 2023

Huge thanks to all who contributed to make the second Birchington Literary Festival (“BirchLitFest”) such a great success. Those who came experienced a series of great talks. Those who did not will have to hear others talking about it for weeks! Make a note - come next year and bring your friends and children and grandchildren. Birchington Together CIC

18th June 2023

Huge thanks to all who contributed to make the second Birchington Literary Festival (“BirchLitFest”) such a great success. Those who came experienced a series of great talks. Those who did not will have to hear others talking about it for weeks! Make a note - come next year and bring your friends and children and grandchildren. Birchington Together CIC

18th June 2023

Huge thanks to all who contributed to make the second Birchington Literary Festival (“BirchLitFest”) such a great success. Those who came experienced a series of great talks. Those who did not will have to hear others talking about it for weeks! Make a note - come next year and bring your friends and children and grandchildren. Birchington Together CIC

June 12th 2023

I was in Herne bay yesterday with cadets from each of East Kent's Air Cadet squadrons to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of Operation Chastise ("The Dam Busters Raid") at the town's memorial to Sir Barnes Neville Wallace. Barnes Wallace designed the ‘bouncing bomb' which was tested at Reculver and used with devastating effect in the Lancaster Bomber attack on the Ruhr Valley dams in May 1943.

June 9th 2023

Today marks 40 years in Parliament. Of the 'Class of 83' only two Conservatives survive following forty years of continuous service in their original seats - Sir Edward Leigh (Gainsborough) and Sir Roger Gale (North Thanet). Three other Members, Sir David Evennett (Bexleyheath and Crayford), Sir Greg Knight (East Yorkshire) and Sir Christopher Chope (Christchurch) left the House and were subsequently re-elected in their current seats.

13th May 2023

I have heard Penny Mordaunt MP speak on many occasions and consider her address to North Thanet Conservative Association to have been one of her finest and quite exceptional in its stimulation, determination and moving personal testimony. Penny is a remarkably talented politician with a passionate commitment to her King, her Country and her Party and we were fortunate to be able to attract her to Thanet so soon after the coronation in which she played such an important role.

13th May 2023

I have heard Penny Mordaunt MP speak on many occasions and consider her address to North Thanet Conservative Association to have been one of her finest and quite exceptional in its stimulation, determination and moving personal testimony. Penny is a remarkably talented politician with a passionate commitment to her King, her Country and her Party and we were fortunate to be able to attract her to Thanet so soon after the coronation in which she played such an important role.

13th May 2023

I have heard Penny Mordaunt MP speak on many occasions and consider her address to North Thanet Conservative Association to have been one of her finest and quite exceptional in its stimulation, determination and moving personal testimony. Penny is a remarkably talented politician with a passionate commitment to her King, her Country and her Party and we were fortunate to be able to attract her to Thanet so soon after the coronation in which she played such an important role.

May 7th 2023

Thank you to all of those in Birchington- Birchington Parish Council, local Thanet District Councillors, Thanet Lions, The Royal British Legion, businesses and individuals who have donated raffle prizes and others- who have contributed to create a truly special and worthy Coronation weekend enjoyed by so many local people and visitors of all ages. A great success that will have generated happy memories of a piece of our nation's history.

May 7th 2023

Thank you to all of those in Birchington- Birchington Parish Council, local Thanet District Councillors, Thanet Lions, The Royal British Legion, businesses and individuals who have donated raffle prizes and others- who have contributed to create a truly special and worthy Coronation weekend enjoyed by so many local people and visitors of all ages. A great success that will have generated happy memories of a piece of our nation's history.

May 8th 2023

A great honour to be invited to represent North Thanet at the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla. 🇬🇧God Save The King🇬🇧

May 8th 2023

A great honour to be invited to represent North Thanet at the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla. 🇬🇧God Save The King🇬🇧

April 23rd 2023

Happy St George's Day

22nd April 2023

RIP Barry Humphries One of the kindest, funniest, most talented men that I have had the privilege to work with. Enter Elysian fields of gladioli trailing clouds of glory.

January 27th 2023

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, when we remember all those murdered during the Holocaust, Nazi persecution of other groups, and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Visit the @HMD.UK website to find out more: https://www.hmd.org.uk/ #HolocaustMemorialDay #HMD2023 #LightTheDarkness

January 23rd 2023

Our first ‘Save Manston Airport’ AGM since the announcement that the Judicial Review has been thrown out by the judge. The packed out hall showed just how much passion and drive there still is to see planes take off once again from Manston. Thank you to everyone that has kept the belief and continued the fight. We will get there.

23rd January 2023

Our first ‘Save Manston Airport’ AGM since the announcement that the Judicial Review has been thrown out by the judge. The packed out hall showed just how much passion and drive there still is to see planes take off once again from Manston. Thank you to everyone that has kept the belief and continued the fight. We will get there.

23rd December 2022

Suzy joins me, our family, and the Team at the Old Forge in wishing you a Happy Christmas and a healthy, peaceful and splendid year.

19th December 2022

PC Jon Odell Killed on duty in Margate 19th December 2000 Always Remembered.

17th December 2022

With effect from Monday 19th December I am required to act as a Deputy Speaker during the absence of the present Chairman of Ways and Means. I shall therefore observe the convention and not comment publicly on partisan or political issues during my tenure of office. It is anticipated that I shall relinquish this post on or around 31st January 2023.

14th November 2022

Wishing His Majesty King Charles III a very happy 74th birthday today. Long live the King.

13th November 2022

Huge thanks to Andrew (from Ukraine) for his moving musical tribute to his compatriots who have fallen in Putin's war. Thanks, also to Marina for her prayers.

13th November 2022

Huge thanks to Andrew (from Ukraine) for his moving musical tribute to his compatriots who have fallen in Putin's war. Thanks, also to Marina for her prayers.

13th November 2022

Huge thanks to Andrew (from Ukraine) for his moving musical tribute to his compatriots who have fallen in Putin's war. Thanks, also to Marina for her prayers.

11th November 2022

We will remember them.

10th November 2022

With Muj Gunes to open the newest Aspendos Turkish Restaurant and Takeaway in Cecil Square, Margate.

10th November 2022

With Muj Gunes to open the newest Aspendos Turkish Restaurant and Takeaway in Cecil Square, Margate.

9th November 2022

With Harry Shindler (102) who has flown in from his home in Italy to celebrate the passage of the 'Votes for Life' legislation for ex-pats to which he gave such tireless and staunch support. Harry is also the last known survivor of the Anzio landings that began the liberation of Italy in 1944 Harry intends to be voting at the next General Election in 2024!

29th )ct0ber 2022

A happy eighty-eighth birthday and congratulations to Ann Wells MB (1st St John`s Margate) on your award for seventy continuous years of service to scouting – and still going strong!

14th September 2022

A very great privilege to be allowed, as a Privy Councillor, to be present in Westminster Hall, to represent all of my constituents as we witnessed the arrival of Her Majesty’s coffin at the Palace of Westminster and to pay my own respects to our late Queen. God Save the King

11th September 2022

Today I wrote in the book of condolence for your courage, lifelong service, faith and my humble thanks. May you rise in glory Your Majesty.

8th September 2022

The World has this afternoon witnessed the passing of a truly great lady. Rest in peace Your Majesty.

August 24th 2022

Best wishes to all of Ukraine for a happy and successful Independence day. Let's hope that the coming year brings better news and good fortune for all of the people of Ukraine than the last.

5th August 2022

With Nicholas and Taisia from Kharkiv for pond dipping at Monkton Nature Reserve. Thanks to Anna and Andrew and the team for a great afternoon, yesterday!

5th August 2022

With Nicholas and Taisia from Kharkiv for pond dipping at Monkton Nature Reserve. Thanks to Anna and Andrew and the team for a great afternoon, yesterday!

5th August 2022

With Nicholas and Taisia from Kharkiv for pond dipping at Monkton Nature Reserve. Thanks to Anna and Andrew and the team for a great afternoon, yesterday!

4th August 2022

Herne Bay Seaside Museum- launching the cartoon festival! Open Tuesday - Saturday 11-4pm admissions free throughout August!

4th August 2022

Herne Bay Seaside Museum- launching the cartoon festival! Open Tuesday - Saturday 11-4pm admissions free throughout August!

31st July 2022

England expected and the Lionesses delivered. We are all so very proud of you.

30th July 2022

Opening Maya's new restaurant in Herne Bay High Street. Huge thanks to Maya for all the work that she is doing for Ukrainians and for the wider community in The Bay!

30th July 2022

Opening Maya's new restaurant in Herne Bay High Street. Huge thanks to Maya for all the work that she is doing for Ukrainians and for the wider community in The Bay!

30th July 2022

Opening Maya's new restaurant in Herne Bay High Street. Huge thanks to Maya for all the work that she is doing for Ukrainians and for the wider community in The Bay!

15th July 2022

At the launch of the Thanet Rotary/Southern Water beach waste initiative with young artists Lily (Newington) and Ellie-May (Garlinge) and the leader of TDC Cllr Ash Ashbee. Congratulations to the two young winners of the poster competition.

15th July 2022

At the launch of the Thanet Rotary/Southern Water beach waste initiative with young artists Lily (Newington) and Ellie-May (Garlinge) and the leader of TDC Cllr Ash Ashbee. Congratulations to the two young winners of the poster competition.

June 2nd 2022

In celebration of seventy years of extraordinary service to her country a great Platinum Jubilee weekend ahead. A time to look back with nostalgia and forward with optimism. God Save Our Queen.

June 2nd 2022

Thanks to the chairman of Minster Parish Council John Quittenden, The Village Voices choir, the cornet player, the Pipe Major and the dozens of citizens who turned out in the historic capital of the Isle of Thanet to view the lighting of the beacon on the church tower , to sing the National Anthem and to raise three rousing cheers to Her Majesty The Queen!

June 2nd 2022

Thanks to the chairman of Minster Parish Council John Quittenden, The Village Voices choir, the cornet player, the Pipe Major and the dozens of citizens who turned out in the historic capital of the Isle of Thanet to view the lighting of the beacon on the church tower , to sing the National Anthem and to raise three rousing cheers to Her Majesty The Queen!

June 4th 2022

Thanks to Gavin and Wendy and all those who created Acol's splendid Jubilee event

June 7th 2022

Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Falklands War. The band of the Royal Marines Beating The Retreat with the Princess Royal taking the salute joined by Mr Speaker Hoyle and the Lords' Speaker on the saluting base in Speaker's Court - just outside my office window!

June 7th 2022

Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Falklands War. The band of the Royal Marines Beating The Retreat with the Princess Royal taking the salute joined by Mr Speaker Hoyle and the Lords' Speaker on the saluting base in Speaker's Court - just outside my office window!

April 24th 2022

A Happy Orthodox Easter to all in Ukraine and Cyprus- two illegally occupied countries. To my friends in Cyprus my admiration for your sustained commitment to your just cause. And to my friends in Ukraine my unwavering backing for your indomitable determination to resist Putin’s criminal activities: we were proud to stand alongside you in the Council of Europe and we shall continue to do so for as long as it takes. Right will prevail.

May 1st 2022

Thank you to Birchington Literary Festival for inviting me along for the weekend. It was a pleasure to help out and be able to be involved in the talks. Thank you as well Anna Cookson, for hosting our event this afternoon!

May 1st 2022

Thank you to Birchington Literary Festival for inviting me along for the weekend. It was a pleasure to help out and be able to be involved in the talks. Thank you as well Anna Cookson, for hosting our event this afternoon!

May 1st 2022

Thank you to Birchington Literary Festival for inviting me along for the weekend. It was a pleasure to help out and be able to be involved in the talks. Thank you as well Anna Cookson, for hosting our event this afternoon!

30th April 2022

Brilliant first day at BirchLit Fest. Great to see so many people come down. If you can please come down tomorrow.

28th April 2022

At Birchington Literary Festival on Sunday 1st May, I will be hosting "It Takes Two" where I will be talking to authors Deborah Lawrenson and Rob Rees who also work together under the pen name of 'Serena Kent' who will give a candid view and humorous slant on living and working together. You may recognise some of their books!👇👇 To get your FREE tickets for this event please go to-

28th April 2022

At Birchington Literary Festival on Sunday 1st May, I will be hosting "It Takes Two" where I will be talking to authors Deborah Lawrenson and Rob Rees who also work together under the pen name of 'Serena Kent' who will give a candid view and humorous slant on living and working together. You may recognise some of their books!👇👇 To get your FREE tickets for this event please go to-

26th April 2022

I will be taking part in Birchingtons first ever Literary Festival. On Sunday I will be talking about my journey from Radio Caroline to the Palace of Westminster to BBC Radio Kent's Anna Cookson. Please do come along! Get your free tickets here-

23rd April 2022

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿Happy St George’s Day!🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

21st April 2022

Wishing Her Majesty happy and glorious 96th Birthday in this, her Platinum Jubilee year. Longer may she reign.

Birchington Literary Festival✍️

On 30th April - 1st May Birchington will be having its very own Literary Festival. With 36 different events spanning 2 days so you'll get to meet and hear best-selling authors, award-winning broadcasters & Journalists, DJs, comedy writers, poets, children's authors, fashion writers and MORE! Please purchase your FREE ticket here-

17th April 2022

Happy Easter everyone! Hope you have a lovely bank holiday and enjoy the weather 🐣

March 20th 2022

Congratulations to The GYG (Gravesham) Committee for receiving this year's overall Spirit of TryAngle Award from KCC Cabinet Member Sue Chandler at Port Lympne Wildlife reserve today (Sunday). Congratulations also to Emily- Rose Evans (Sport) Ryan Doncaster (Music) Emily Lindridge (Young Carers) Sarah Pannell (Courage) Katie Dragwidge (Arts) Zech Hart (Community Action) and India Shaw (Personal Development). Great to recognise the achievements of these young people.

06/02/2022

Congratulations to Her Majesty on celebrating the start of what must be a long, happy and successful Platinum Jubilee Year. What a great and truly remarkable Lady.

10th December 2021

Christmas Jumper Day!🎅🏼 This year I’m taking part in #ChristmasJumperDay to help raise awareness and to support Save the Children UK. To find out more about this campaign please go here- www.savethechildren.org.uk/christmas-jumper-day

14th November 2021

At our war memorials around the Country we will remember the fallen – this morning and always.

11th November 2021

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning 𝒲𝑒 𝓌𝒾𝓁𝓁 𝓇𝑒𝓂𝑒𝓂𝒷𝑒𝓇 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓂.

October 15th 2021

David and I entered the House together in 1983 and I regard him as a dear friend and a brave and compassionate Member of Parliament. The loss to his family, who David always put first, and to the House is appalling. But David died doing what David always did - looking after his constituents.

12th September 2021

Congratulations to Emma Raducanu. What a great and courageous role model for young people!

14th September 2021

Good to join Iris Johnson at the Turner Contemporary to help Uwe Derksen celebrate the first graduations from the excellent Margate School project. And congratulations to the Class of 20/21.

2nd May 2021

Wishing all of our Orthodox Christian friends a very blessed Easter. Looking forward to celebrating with you properly before too long.

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I am sure that the whole nation is united in wishing Her Majesty the best possible birthday. 🎂Happy birthday your Majesty🎂

05/04/2021

At Easter we need to remember that there are many Christians around the world who are still persecuted for their faith.

Happy Easter everyone!
31/03/2021

My reply from Eddie Hughes MP, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing

March 15th 2021

Meeting with Grant Shapps at the launch of the new bus strategt backed by £3 billion of Government funding: “great news for zero- carbon and particularly for the future of Hydrogen- powered buses” says Roger. “This will help to give hydrogen the economy of scale needed to stimulate the hydrogen vehicle industry“

10th March 2021

Haulier Operations Suspended at Manston

3rd March 2021

Welcome millions for Margate in the Town Deal!

3rd March 2021

Response from The Rt Hon Chris Pincher MP, Minster of State for Housing. Regarding the consultation period of the proposed development in Birchington.

2nd March 2021 East Kent MPs meeting with Transport Minister Rachel Maclean (Natalie Elphicke was al

Future provision for Operation Brock and Freight Lorry facilities at Dover and Sevington to replace Manston were discussed. “We are reducing the level of traffic going to Manston” said the Minister in reassance following expressions of concerns about ongoing traffic using the Manston Covid testing and HMRC facilities at the airfield and the potential conflict between freight, local and visitor traffic as the lockdown ends and the hoped for summer tourism season develops.

02/02/2021

Captain Sir Tom Moore, an amazing man who lived a great and full life, captured the heart of the nation and made us smile in the darkness. Rest in peace, old soldier.

22/01/2021

My final meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe today. My thanks for your support during my term of office to many friends from 47 European countries and the splendid Secretariat. Very best wishes for your future deliberations- in the cause of peace and human rights you have vital work to do. (Picture was taken in 2019)

🎅🏼Christmas Jumper Day!🎅🏼 Happy #christmasjumperday everyone!  Donning a customised/upcycled fes

🎅🏼Christmas Jumper Day!🎅🏼 Happy #christmasjumperday everyone! Donning a customised/upcycled festive jumper to celebrate @savechildrenuk's #ChristmasJumperDay! Visit christmasjumperday.org for all the details.

🎅🏼Christmas Jumper Day!🎅🏼 Happy #christmasjumperday everyone!  Donning a customised/upcycled fes

🎅🏼Christmas Jumper Day!🎅🏼 Happy #christmasjumperday everyone! Donning a customised/upcycled festive jumper to celebrate @savechildrenuk's #ChristmasJumperDay! Visit christmasjumperday.org for all the details.

08/11/2020

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning 𝒲𝑒 𝓌𝒾𝓁𝓁 𝓇𝑒𝓂𝑒𝓂𝒷𝑒𝓇 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓂.

Congratulations to Cllr. Ash Ashbee 15/10/2020

Congratulations to Cllr. Ash Ashbee on her election as Leader of the Conservative Group on Thanet Council. I hope and expect that in the interests of those that we are all elected to represent Ash will have the fullest possible support in forming a constructive and responsible Opposition and will if necessary be prepared to work with others to form a sound administration at what is clearly a difficult time for Thanet and for the Country.

13/05/2020 On International Nurses' Day, I want to thank the great team at the QEQM hospital in Marg

On International Nurses' Day, I want to thank the great team at the QEQM hospital in Margate, to the Queen Vic in Herne Bay and to all the nursing staff working in other hospitals and nursing homes throughout East Kent

08/05/2020 75th VE Day  Today we commemorate the signing of the Peace in Europe Treaty and we rememb

75th VE Day Today we commemorate the signing of the Peace in Europe Treaty and we remember all of those who gave their lives for us and to make this possible. (This is the display in our office window).

21/04/2020

Sadly no 21-guns today but I am sure that the whole nation is united in wishing Her Majesty the best possible birthday that, under the circumstances, she can enjoy in the company of Prince Philip at Windsor. 🎉Three rousing cheers for the nation`s favourite Great Granny!🎉

19/04/2020

On behalf of the Cyprus APPG, I want to wish all Orthodox Christians a very happy and blessed Easter Χριστός Ανέστη - Christ is Risen Pascha this year will be different, as we all #StayHomeSaveLives, but the message of renewal and hope is just as important.

22 February 2020 Great tree planting in Dane Valley this morning. Thank you Thanet for turning out t

22 February 2020 Great tree planting in Dane Valley this morning. Thank you Thanet for turning out to dig for our future enjoyment. Over 200 trees will have gone in by the end of today - spectacular!

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12 January 2020 Good to welcome the new Greek Orthodox Archbishop, the new Bishop of Dover and the new Cyprus High Commissioner to Margate for the annual Blessing of the Seas today. And the sun shone as well!

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12 January 2020 Good to welcome the new Greek Orthodox Archbishop, the new Bishop of Dover and the new Cyprus High Commissioner to Margate for the annual Blessing of the Seas today. And the sun shone as w

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11/01/2020 Great to be able to attend the planting of trees at Dane Park this morning, organised by the Isle of Thanet Trees and Woods Initiative. Good to see local residents, Councillors, the Mayor of Margate and BBC presenter Frances Tophill all come down to support ITTWI!

8 January 2020 Today East Kent MPs had a progressive meeting with the Transport Minister Chris Heato

8 January 2020 Today East Kent MPs had a progressive meeting with the Transport Minister Chris Heaton-Harris to call for Manston Airport to be released from Operation Brock and to get on with taking the barriers off the M20.

04/01/2020 The lighting of the candles and opening of the Thanet Kerala Association Christmas and Ne

04/01/2020 The lighting of the candles and opening of the Thanet Kerala Association Christmas and New Year celebration - a joyful event

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Thank you to RedBull for inviting me down to watch the #RedbullQuicksand event. It was great to have such an amazing event on Margate beach. It looked like an incredibly hard race. Well done to everyone that took part!

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Thank you to RedBull for inviting me down to watch the #RedbullQuicksand event. It was great to have such an amazing event on Margate beach. It looked like an incredibly hard race. Well done to everyone that took part!

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Thank you to RedBull for inviting me down to watch the #RedbullQuicksand event. It was great to have such an amazing event on Margate beach. It looked like an incredibly hard race. Well done to everyone that took part!

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Thank you to RedBull for inviting me down to watch the #RedbullQuicksand event. It was great to have such an amazing event on Margate beach. It looked like an incredibly hard race. Well done to everyone that took part!

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Thank you to RedBull for inviting me down to watch the #RedbullQuicksand event. It was great to have such an amazing event on Margate beach. It looked like an incredibly hard race. Well done to everyone that took part!

A great evening at Canterbury Busine

A great evening at Canterbury Business Awards. Congratulations to Community Driving School (Herne Bay), Buoy and Oyster (Margate) and Toast Herne Bay, the splendid cafe in The Bay’s Beach House. Also thanks to Paul Andrews for another impressive event and congratulations to all the other finalist!

27/11/2018

Annual General Meeting All Party Parliamentary Dog advisory Welfare Group - Chairman, ( Dr Lisa Cameron) Vice Chairmen ( Zac Goldsmith / Roger Gale) and Marc Abraham MRCVS ( winner RSPCA Animal Hero Ward’s 2018)

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It was great to attend the @APDAWG1 Parliamentary #AGM. Well done to the re-elected Chair @DrLisaCameronMP! It was also a pleasure to see and talk with fellow supporters, @AnnClwyd, @ZacGoldsmith, @TommySheppard & @RossThomson_MP. #APDAWG

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Suzy, Oscar and Gracie Gale ask you to support Black Cat Day on 27 October, 2018.

Suzy, Oscar and Gracie Gale ask you

Suzy, Oscar and Gracie Gale ask you to support Black Cat Day on 27 October, 2018.

Queen Vic Hospital Autumn Fete

Miss Herne Bay ( Hayleigh Heathcote), The Pets as Therapy ( P.a.T) dog ( Lollie) and the Bay’s MP ( Sir Roger Gale) supporting the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital Autumn Fete ( Saturday, 1st September)

Armed Forces Day

Roger supporting Armed Forces Day 30.06.2018

Heathrow Parliamentary drop-in event

Heathrow Parliamentary drop-in event June 2018

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Celebrating thirty-five years in the House of Commons (Election 9th June 1983) are, photographed this week, the ten surviving members (of 101 elected) of the 1983 Conservative intake of new members. L-R (back row) Chris Chope, David Amess, Greg Knight, David Evennett, Henry Bellingham and (front row) Alastair Burt, Nicholas Soames, Michael Fallon, Edward Leigh and Roger Gale.

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Of the “Survivors” four (Amess, Soames, Leigh and Gale) have seen continuous service and two (Leigh and Gale) are in the same seats as when first elected.

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“Here`s to the next thirty-five years”!

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