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


Elizabeth Truss Commons Elizabeth Truss
was elected MP for South West Norfolk with a majority of 13,140.

1. What is your earliest political memory?
Being taken on a CND march by my mother at the age of 8.

2. Complete the sentence: “I’m a Conservative because… I believe in liberty and the free market."

3. Who is your political hero and why?
Ronald Reagan – he was an optimist about what could be achieved.

4. When did you decide you wanted to become an MP? It gradually dawned on me…

5. What is your reading material of choice? ConservativeHome, food blogs and cookbooks, The Times.

6. Who is your favourite political interviewer/presenter on TV or radio? Laura Kuenssberg.

7. If you could run any government department, which would it be and why? Treasury or Cabinet Office – I want to get to grips with the government machine.

8. Which non-Conservative politician do you most admire? David Laws, for being an early adopter of education and economic reform.

9. Who would you least want to get stuck with in a House of Commons lift? No comment.

10. If you were in the US, would you be a Republican or a Democrat? Republican.

11. What do you enjoy doing to unwind and relax? Cooking and reading crime ficton, especially Sherlock Holmes

12. What is your favourite book? The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.

13. What is your favourite film? Mulholland Drive. I also have a soft spot for ET.

14. What is your favourite music? Queen, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Whitney Houston.

15. What would be your ideal meal and where would you eat it? Breakfast of waffles, bacon and maple syrup and espresso at a roadside diner.

16. What is your favourite holiday destination? South California.

17. What do you most want to achieve during your first term in Parliament? Dual the final stretch of the A11 and help achieve reform of A -Levels and GCSEs.

18. Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about yourself.
I spent the second year of my life in 1970s Poland as my parents tried out life under the communists. I gather one of my first words was the Polish for clock.

19. Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about your constituency.
'Allo 'Allo, You Rang M'Lord and Dad's Army were all filmed in South West Norfolk. Indeed I met Katie Rabett who played Cissy Meldrum in You Rang M'Lord at a fete recently.

20. Share with us your most amusing story or favourite anecdote from the campaign trail.
During the campaign I went to a local pub with some friends who had brought their dog. The dog was wearing a blue rosette. The pub had a chicken coop and as we were eating our lunch the dog had taken too much interest in one of the chickens. There was screeching from the coop. Luckily we managed to rescue the chicken minus a few feathers and retrieve the rosette from the chicken house.

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