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 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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