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Sir Roger Gale's wife explains why it is 'so short-sighted' to place a ban on spouses working for MPs

Lady Suzy Gale has worked for her husband, MP Sir Roger Gale for 34 years
Lady Suzy Gale has worked for her husband, MP Sir Roger Gale for 34 years Credit: Telegraph/Andrew Crowley

I met Roger during the 1979 general election when he volunteered as a press officer on the campaign I was running in Hammersmith. I remember being rather irritated by him at first because I couldn’t see why we needed a press person. But I he rather grew on me, and before long we were an item. We were married by the end of 1980. Each of us had a child from previous marriages, and we went on to have a son together, so by the time Roger was elected to parliament as MP for Thanet North three years later, we were a family of five. I had been a political agent for many years by then, I knew what that job could do to a relationship, and I was determined not to let it interfere with our happy little family.

I became his secretary in 1983 having realised quite quickly that if I were to continue to do my job as a political agent and raise the children down in Kent while Roger was in London four days...

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