NORTH Thanet MP Roger Gale was reselected as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for the next General Election at a meeting last week.
Mr Gale, 65, who has been a Thanet MP for nearly 26 years, said: "I regard it as a continuing privilege and honour that I have been once again chosen to carry my party's banner forward. We know that the next Government will be faced with a situation that is tantamount to a scorched earth economy and we know that there will be hard decisions that will have to be taken in the interests of our country.
"The Conservative Party came to the rescue of the United Kingdom in 1979 and we stand ready, willing and able to do so again. We will have to act, first, in the interests of Great Britain and to put all party advantage and doctrine aside if we are to pull our nation back from the brink of bankruptcy but it can be done and we have shown before that we can do it."
At the North Thanet's Conservative Association Meeting last Friday March 27 in Herne Bay he issued a stern warning, saying: "None of us should take electoral success for granted. We know that we have to win a huge number of additional seats in order to be in a position to form a government. We are working hard in areas like South Thanet, where Laura Sandys is preparing the ground to serve her constituents, in Dover, where Charlie Elphicke is determined to bring about change for the future, and in the Medway towns where, again, we have a team of candidates ready to play their part in restoring the faith and pride in our nation that has in recent years been squandered. In the interests of our Country we have to succeed - and with hard work and determination we will."