Dan Rogerson was born in Cornwall and grew up in Bodmin, where he attended Bodmin College before studying Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
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.
Dan 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.
Before being elected to Parliament for the seat of North Cornwall in 2005, Dan worked in local government and for a university.
During his time as an MP, Dan has served on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee as well as a number of cross-party Parliamentary Groups such as those on Rural Services and Sustainable Resources. Dan was also the founder of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Cheese, reflecting the importance of the dairy industry to his North Cornwall consistency.
Dan has been the Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for the Environment, Housing, Arts and Heritage, and Local Government portfolios and in 2008 he was the Lib Dem spokesman for the Planning Act, where he tirelessly fought to give local people more of a say over the number of second homes in their area.
Before his appointment as a Minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in October 2013, Dan was Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee on Education, Families and Young People.
In his role at Defra, Dan holds responsibility for water, forestry, resource management and rural affairs and this has seen him take the Water Bill through Parliament, helping those householders in flood risk areas to get access to affordable flood insurance.
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.