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Freer MikeName:
Mike Freer

Date of birth: 29/5/60

Constituency: Finchley and Golders Green

Areas of interest and expertise: 

  • Reducing cost of Central Government
  • Local
    Government Reform.

Distinguishing career milestones: (including
education, jobs, positions and offices held):

  • Reform of Barnet Council (dubbed EasyCouncil)
  • Local Government funding initiatives (Barnet Financing Plan) that informed
    policy on New Homes Bonus & Business Rate retention.

Greatest
source of political pride: (could be swing, legislation passed, involvement in
a campaign): 
Securing criminalisation of squatting for
residential properties in conjunction with Mike Weatherley MP.

Political hero and why:

Margaret Thatcher – her ability to grasp what
needed to be done, stick to the course and, importantly, connect directly to
the public.

Inspiring political quote:

“I will not change just to court popularity” –
Thatcher

What advice would you give to a young
politician?:

Get your hands
dirty with a job in business/commerce and put some money behind you.

10 QUICK Q&A

  • Do you support gay marriage? Yes
  • At how many weeks of pregnancy should
    abortion become illegal?
     As now
  • Should we legalise assisted dying? No
  • At some point drugs like cannabis
    should become legal?
     No
  • In, out or reform of Europe? Reform
    or out
  • Favourite US president? Reagan
  • Who is likeliest to be next Tory PM –
    Boris or one of the 2010 intake?
    neither
  • English votes for English laws? No,
    a UK Parliament for the UK
  • Will America, China or India be the
    most powerful nation by 2050? 
    China
  • You have to increase taxes on high
    value properties, air travel or tobacco? Which one? 
    Tobacco

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Read David Burrowes' answers to the Quick Questionnaire.

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