Dan Rogerson

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Dan Rogerson
Member of Parliament
for North Cornwall
Assumed office
5 May 2005
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Paul Tyler
Majority 2,981 (6.4%)
Personal details
Born (1975-07-23) 23 July 1975 (age 39)
St Austell, Cornwall, England
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Democrat
Spouse(s) Heidi Purser
Children 2 sons, 1 daughter
Alma mater University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Website www.danrogerson.org

Daniel John Rogerson (born 23 July 1975, St Austell) is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Cornwall since the 2005 General election.

Early life[edit]

Born in Cornwall, Rogerson grew up in Bodmin, attending Bodmin College (comprehensive school), before studying Politics at the University of Wales Aberystwyth. Whilst a student, Rogerson worked at the Proper Cornish pasty factory in Bodmin.[1]

He worked at Bedford Borough Council before being elected to the Council himself in 1999 for the ward of Kingsbook. He served as councillor, and later Deputy Group Leader, until 2002.[2] Following his election as a local councillor he worked in University administration.

Parliamentary career[edit]

Rogerson first stood for Parliament in 2001, contesting the North East Bedfordshire seat, increasing the Liberal Democrats' share of the vote by 2.1%.

In 2005 he was elected for the North Cornwall seat and used the Cornish language during the swearing of allegiance in Parliament along with Andrew George in an effort to support the preservation of Cornish identity and culture. In 2006 Rogerson asked the government to make 5 March a public holiday in Cornwall to recognise celebrations for St Piran's Day.[3]

Rogerson is chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on cheese, and opposed Ofcom's inclusion of cheese in its new regulations restricting television advertising of junk foods to children aged under 16.[4]

He is also a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on religious education.[5]

On 14 July 2009, Dan Rogerson presented a Cornish "breakaway" Bill to Parliament. The Bill proposed a devolved Cornish Assembly, similar to the Welsh and Scottish set-up.[6]

He was Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government[7] until the 2010 election and was the youngest male MP in the House of Commons during the 2005-2010 Parliament. [8]

He was appointed the co-chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Committee for Education, Families and Young People in July 2010.[9]

In the 2010 general election Dan Rogerson successfully held his seat in North Cornwall[10] with a majority of 6.36%.[11] He repeated his parliamentary oath in Cornish as he did after the previous election.[12]

Personal life[edit]

He married Heidi Purser in August 1999 in Bodmin. They have two sons and one daughter.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.danrogerson.org/2013/12/30/in-defence-of-the-cornish-pastys-protected-status/
  2. ^ http://www.libdemvoice.org/liberal-democrats-hold-kingsbrook-bedford-borough-council-17132.html Lib Dems Hold Kingsbrook Ward
  3. ^ St Piran holiday plea for county BBC News Online, published March 2, 2006, retrieved December 26, 2007
  4. ^ Rogerson calls for revision of advertising restrictions on cheese danrogerson.org, published Jan 22, 2007, retrieved November 24, 2008
  5. ^ UK Parliament website: Parliamentary Groups database, accessed 18 November 2012
  6. ^ 14 July 2009 - Dan Rogerson proposes Cornish Assembly
  7. ^ Liberal Democrat Shadow Ministers
  8. ^ http://www.danrogerson.org/2007/03/20/wadebridge-school-students-visit-parliament/ danrogerson.org, published March 20, 2009, Wadebridge School Students Visit Parliament, retrieved January 20, 2010
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ "2010 election, Cornwall North". BBC. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Cornwall North". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  12. ^ "MPs swear Oath of Allegiance in Cornish". Maga Kernow. 2010-05-24. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Paul Tyler
Member of Parliament for North Cornwall