Dan Rogerson MP

Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Dan Rogerson was first elected MP for his home constituency of North Cornwall in 2005 and was re-elected in 2010.

Born in Cornwall, he grew up in Bodmin and went to Bodmin College before studying Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Before being elected to Parliament, he worked in local government and for a university.

He still lives in Bodmin with his wife Heidi, who works in a local primary school, and their three children Mawgan, Jago and Elowen. Dan enjoys blues music, political history and Celtic culture. He speaks some Kernewek, the Cornish language, and is keen to promote its use.

Record Of Delivery

Dan Rogerson joined the Liberal Democrats while still at school in 1991 to help fight for the election of Paul Tyler (Liberal Democrat MP for North Cornwall, 1992-2005) and to campaign for a fair deal for the area.

Dan has built up a strong reputation for standing up for local people and fighting for better services in communities across North Cornwall.

Dan has a strong record of delivering for local people. As MP, Dan has:

  • Successfully campaigned for a reduction in sky-high South West Water bills
  • Worked to protect local services such as bus routes, Camelford Leisure Centre and out-of-hours medical services in Bude
  • Secured funding to upgrade the A30 at Temple to dual carriageway
  • Stopped the Conservatives introducing regional pay for public sector workers in Cornwall and delivered a £700-a-year income tax cut for working people on low and average incomes.
  • Campaigned against Labour’s Post Office closures and helped secure funding to stop any further branch closure programmes under the Coalition Government
  • Fought for a fair deal for local schools, including an extra £2.5 million of Pupil Premium funding for North Cornwall in 2013/14, and for a fairer national schools funding formula

Dan's priorities include securing more investment and jobs for north and east Cornwall, encouraging more affordable housing for local people and bringing more decision-making from Westminster and Whitehall to people in Cornwall.

Parliamentary Experience

Dan served on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee from May 2005 until October 2013, working on inquiries into a range of issues including climate change, the rural economy, food, farming and bovine TB.

He has worked with a number of cross-party Parliamentary Groups such as those on Rural Services and Sustainable Resources, and was the founder of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Cheese reflecting the importance of the dairy industry to his North Cornwall constituency.

From 2005 – 2010 Dan was successively Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for the Environment, Housing, Arts and Heritage, and Local Government portfolios.

He served as Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee on Education, Families and Young People from 2010 – 2013.

In October 2013 he was appointed Minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) with responsibility for water, forestry, resource management and rural affairs. He took the Water Bill through Parliament which helps householders in flood risk areas get access to affordable flood insurance.

In January 2015 Dan was appointed to the Liberal Democrat General Election Cabinet as the party's spokesperson on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.


Email: dan.rogerson.mp@parliament.uk
Website: www.danrogerson.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/danrogerson
Telephone:  01566 777123

4 Tower Street,
PL15 8BQ

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