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Here is the latest in our series of Twenty Questions with members of the Class of 2010…


Sajid Javid Commons Sajid Javid
was elected MP for Bromsgrove with a majority of 11,308.

1. What is your earliest political memory?
Margaret Thatcher's 1979 General Election victory.

2. Complete the sentence: “I’m a Conservative because…  I'm a patriot that believes in liberty, free markets and helping the poor help themselves."

3. Who is your political hero and why? Keith Joseph, without whom we would not have had Thatcherism.

4. When did you decide you wanted to become an MP? Soon after I went to my first Party Conference, in 1989.

5. What is your reading material of choice? Economist, FT, WSJ, Times, ConHome, RealClearPolitics, Bloomberg, and my local papers.

6. Who is your favourite political interviewer/presenter on TV or radio? My all time favourite, Brian Walden.

7. If you could run any government department, which would it be and why?
DWP, because I think we are failing the poor by tying them down.

8. Which non-Conservative politician do you most admire?
Frank Field, whom I first met 20 years ago.

9. Who would you least want to get stuck with in a House of Commons lift? Don't tempt me.

10. If you were in the US, would you be a Republican or a Democrat? I lived in Manhattan for four years and was a member of the GOP.

11. What do you enjoy doing to unwind and relax? Taking my time over a smooth Havana cigar.

12. What is your favourite book? Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre.

13. What is your favourite film? It's a Wonderful Life.

14. What is your favourite music? U2.

15. What would be your ideal meal and where would you eat it? Pizza, at Monte Carlo Cafe in Rome.

16. What is your favourite holiday destination? Italy.

17. What do you most want to achieve during your first term in Parliament? Go out of my way to help my constituents and make an intelligent contribution to the huge issues facing our country.

18. Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about yourself. Having first travelled abroad at the age of 19, I have since been fortunate enough to visit over 80 countries.

19. Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about your constituency. After being introduced by the French Huguenots in the 17th century, Bromsgrove became the world centre of nail making.

20. Share with us your most amusing story or favourite anecdote from the campaign trail.
Being asked by a gentlemen of Indian-origin with a heavy accent and barely comprehensible English: "Why do we let people who can't speak English settle in our country?"

> Previously: Karl McCartney MP

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