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Press Releases 2023

Roger regularly issues press releases about current topics. We have included a selection of them here which we hope will be of interest to you.

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Private Jet Travel

September 4th 2023

Problems caused through the use of RAAC (concrete) during the construction of Birchington Primary School and King Ethelbert’s Secondary School were identified many months ago. Since that time I have been in contact with both headteacher’s and have met with the Schools Ministers.

I am satisfied that all that can be done has been and is being done to protect the safety of schoolchildren and, through the provision of temporary classrooms, to keep both schools open and teaching maintained not online but in school.

Staff have made a great effort to maintain morale and education and know that I am immediately available should further assistance be required.

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Private Jet Travel

July 18th 2023

The campaign proposal to phase out private jet aircraft travel begs a number of serious questions. 

Is it intended that from 2030 all `private` jet aircraft should be banned from the United Kingdom?  If so then there would be a hugely deleterious effect upon inward investment and the economy. We have no power to ban international jet travel and such a ban in the UK would simply direct traffic – and business – elsewhere. 

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Only the NHS

July 16th 2023

I use the National Health Service myself and arguably owe my life to it.


The NHS is staffed by dedicated medical professionals at every level ,  supported by equally dedicated secretarial and ancillary staff. Without the service huge numbers of people would not receive healthcare and it is right that the NHS accordingly receives massive Government  support. The present administration`s commitment in terms of funding is unparalleled.

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June 29th 2023

With the confirmation, today, of the new parliamentary constituency boundaries I look forward to campaigning in the new Herne Bay and Sandwich seat as the selected candidate for Sandwich, Little Stour and Ashstone and Sturry as well as my wards from the former North Thanet.


I shall be very sad to lose the wonderful and regenerating town of Margate but hope and expect that Craig Mackinlay will pick up where I am leaving off in the newly created East Thanet seat and take the Town Deal forward.

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Biodiversity Emergency Declaration

June 28th 2023

In the recent 'Wild Isles' series, Sir David Attenborough demonstrated that in the UK over the past century, we have lost 98% of our wildflower meadows, 75% of our heathland, and more than 50% of our ancient woodland. These statistics are corroborated by a series of high-level reports, including the 2019 UK State of Nature report.

Local councillors are committed to finding solutions to protect and conserve the natural environment within the district and beyond, working closely with rural as well as urban communities. Earlier this year, the council's Biodiversity Working Group developed a 10 point plan to improve our natural habitats.

If you live, work or study in the Canterbury City Council area, including Herne Bay and the villages in the east of the district, please consider signing the petition calling on the council to debate a biodiversity emergency that prioritises the protection of nature and finding ways to improve our environment, protect habitat and conserve our open spaces - rurally as well as in our towns and cities.

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Local Elections 2023

May 4th 2023

Today is your opportunity to vote for who will represent you on the Council, polls will be open 7am-10pm and you will need to bring a form of ID with you in order to cast your vote.

Here in Thanet the Conservative Party want to continue their hard work to:

Protect agriculture land and fight against overdevelopment.

Keep fighting to see Manston Airport re-open

Revitalise our coastline

Bring more jobs into Thanet

Vote Conservative today

Promoted by George Kup on behalf of North Thanet Conservative Candidates. All of the Old Forge, 215a Canterbury Road, Birchington, CT7 9AH

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Votes for Life

April 18th 2023

Apologies for the long silence: normal service will be resumed – eventually!

I am at present approved by the House  to act as a Deputy Speaker until the end of this session (which means mid-October) after which I expect to  resume my position on the Speaker`s Panel of Chairmen and on the back-benches.

In the meantime the attached letter from Baroness Scott relating to the Votes for Life (The “Harry Shindler Memorial”)  Act may be of interest to those living or intending to live overseas and wishing to register to vote in the next General Election  (At which I have been selected to fight what is proposed to be called the new Herne Bay and Sandwich parliamentary seat.)

I shall do my best to maintain the momentum on this issue.

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Tourism Week 17th - 26th March

March 26th 2023

I visited local tourism and hospitality businesses in the constituency on yesterday which included The Seaside Museum and Cain’s Amusements in Herne Bay. I was accompanied by the Chair of English Tourism Week and Chief Executive of Visit Kent Deirdre Wells OBE in addition to staff members at both businesses.

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Manston Airport

March 23rd 2023

A further and disappointing delay at a time when we need to get on with the job.

Manston airport means investment and jobs and opponents need to understand the damage that they are doing to our local and national economy.


Acting Deputy Speaker

February 24th 2023

I am honoured to have been adopted tonight at the selection meeting, to fight the Herne Bay and Sandwich constituency at the next General Election.


Acting Deputy Speaker

February 23rd 2023

The following motion appears on the Commons Order Paper today:-


Penny Mordaunt (Leader of the House)


That, further to the Order of 30 January, paragraphs (1) and (2) of the Order of 19 December 2022 relating to the appointment of Sir Roger Gale as Deputy Speaker and to the exercise of the functions of the Chairman of Ways and Means shall continue to have effect for the remainder of the session.


I shall therefore be subject to the conditions relating to the holder of that office until mid-October 2023.

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February 12th 2023

Maya update

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February 11th 2023

Maya and her team are doing an amazing job but they need more help to prepare the clothes and goods so generously donated for shipment to Turkey on Monday. If you are in or near The Bay and can assist do please drop by her shop (at the Hampton end of Herne Bay High Street)

She- and the quake victims- need and deserve all the help that they can get.

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Airplane Above the Clouds

Manston Airport

January 17th 2023

The judge’s ruling, which I trust will be accepted by all parties to the case, is clear and unequivocal. It will, I believe, clear the way for the massive investment in the re-development of Manston as a freight hub and subsequent passenger airport to commence very soon.

We have waited for a long time for this moment but the future is at last clear - the future of modern aviation is Manston.

I am grateful to all of those who have maintained their confidence in a project that is of great national as well as local importance.


January 9th 2023

Supporting Entain's 'Pitching In' Volunteer programme at Herne Bay's football club on Saturday

Huge opportunities for volunteer stewards, turnstile operators, announcers, and catering staff at The Bay's wonderfully refurbished ground and clubhouse and a great way to get behind our local mens and ladies teams.

Get in touch with the club at the MBS stadium at Winch's Field or visit to find out more.

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