Dan Rogerson

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Dan Rogerson
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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Water, Forestry, Resource Management and Rural Affairs
In office
7 October 2013 – 8 May 2015
Preceded by David Heath
Succeeded by Rory Stewart
Member of Parliament
for North Cornwall
In office
5 May 2005 – 30 March 2015
Preceded by Paul Tyler
Succeeded by Scott Mann
Majority 2,981 (6.4%)
Personal details
Born (1975-07-23) 23 July 1975 (age 41)
Truro, Cornwall
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Democrat
Spouse(s) Heidi Purser
Children 2 sons, 1 daughter
Alma mater University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Occupation Politician
Religion Roman Catholic[1]
Website www.danrogerson.org

Daniel John Rogerson (born 23 July 1975, St Austell) is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Cornwall from the 2005 general election until his defeat at the 2015 general election. In October 2013, he became the Liberal Democrat Minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, holding the office until losing his Parliamentary seat to Conservative candidate Scott Mann.

Early life and career[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.[2]

Dan Rogerson joined the Liberal Democrats whilst still at school in 1991 to help fight for the election of Paul Tyler at the 1992 General election.[3]

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.[4] Following his election as a local councillor he worked in University administration.

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

Parliamentary career[edit]

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.[5]

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.[6]

He is also a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on religious education.[7]

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.[8]

He was Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government[9] until the 2010 election and was the youngest male MP in the House of Commons during the 2005–2010 Parliament. [10]

He was appointed the co-chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Committee for Education, Families and Young People in July 2010.[11]

In the 2010 general election Dan Rogerson successfully held his seat in North Cornwall[12] with a majority of 6.36%.[13] He repeated his parliamentary oath in Cornish as he did after the previous election.[14]

Personal life[edit]

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

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