Here is the latest in our series of Twenty Questions with members of the Class of 2010…
1. What is your earliest political memory?
Looking for candles at home in the late 1970s because of the power cuts – trade unions at their worst.
2. Complete the sentence: “I’m a Conservative because… I believe in the power of individuals."
3. Who is your political hero and why? A leader such as Gorbachev who has the courage to challenge the political system which promoted him/them to the top.
4. When did you decide you wanted to become an MP? At some point between 1992 and 1997 when I saw what the Conservative Party was doing to itself.
5. What is your reading material of choice? Ideally a really good book – either a biography or novel. But it is often a magazine such as The Week just before I fall asleep – or Thomas the Tank Engine before my toddler falls asleep.
6. Who is your favourite political interviewer/presenter on TV or radio? Tom Bradby.
7. If you could run any government department, which would it be and why? Department for Culture, Media and Sport – because it has the capacity to enrich our lives.
8. Which non-Conservative politician do you most admire?
President Jed Bartlett!
9. Who would you least want to get stuck with in a House of Commons lift? The current Labour leadership contenders.
10. If you were in the US, would you be a Republican or a Democrat?
11. What do you enjoy doing to unwind and relax? Spending time with my husband and son, cooking, running.
12. What is your favourite book? North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell.
13. What is your favourite film? Crimson Tide.
14. What is your favourite music? Jazz.
15. What would be your ideal meal and where would you eat it? A very long lunch surrounded by family and friends somewhere very hot and sunny.
16. What is your favourite holiday destination?
17. What do you most want to achieve during your first term in Parliament? Putting Loughborough firmly on the map in Westminster.
18. Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about yourself.
I have sung, as part of a choir, on the stages at the Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Barbican and St John’s, Smith Square.
19. Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about your constituency. Team GB will be based at Loughborough University before the 2012 Olympics.
20. Share with us your most amusing story or favourite anecdote from the campaign trail.
CCHQ decided to use their new campaign buses for David Cameron’s visit to Loughborough at the start of the second week of the campaign. As usual there were worries about whether there would be enough people in the market place to hear David Cameron speak. I left my campaign team and the CCHQ staff to it and went off to Loughborough station to meet David Cameron’s train. Sitting on the campaign bus we approached a pretty full market place in the bus and drove on there – and kept on driving to the point where I thought we were going to squash a spectator which would have produced very unfortunate headlines for all concerned. Fortunately the CCHQ staffer knew the dimensions of the bus better than me and we had about an inch to spare, but I was still recovering from what might have happened as the leader’s speech began.
> Previously: Margot James MP