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


Picture 6 Nigel Adams
was elected MP for Selby and Ainsty with a majority of 12,265.

1. What is your earliest political memory? My parents being helped by the late Selby MP, Michael Alison in the early seventies.

2. Complete the sentence: “I’m a Conservative because… of the values that I grew up with. Personal responsibility. Family. Opportunity for everyone regardless of upbringing. It is also the Party that genuinely believes in giving people more power and control over their lives."

3. Who is your political hero and why? Margaret Thatcher, for reversing our nation’s decline of the late 1970s.

4. When did you decide you wanted to become an MP? Just after selling my first business in 1999.

5. What is your reading material of choice? Selby Times & Post, Yorkshire Post, The Press, Guido Fawkes and ConservativeHome obviously.

6. Who is your favourite political interviewer/presenter on TV or radio? Harry Gration (from BBC's Look North)

7. If you could run any government department, which would it be and why? DCMS. Putting the Olympics to one side, DCMS can play a major part in promoting economic recovery through the creative industries and tourism.

8. Which non-Conservative politician do you most admire? Kate Hoey.

9. Who would you least want to get stuck with in a House of Commons lift? For very different reasons, it’s a toss up between Dennis Skinner and Cyril Smith.

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? Playing cricket, theatre and rock concerts.

12. What is your favourite book? Penguins Stopped Play by Harry Thompson.

13. What is your favourite film? Most things with Jack Black in but in particular Nacho Libre.

14. What is your favourite music? Green Day, best live band in the world.

15. What would be your ideal meal and where would you eat it? Breakfast at Sandy Lane.

16. What is your favourite holiday destination? Italy.

17. What do you most want to achieve during your first term in Parliament? To be a hard working and effective advocate for my constituents and play a part in helping the Government begin to reverse thirteen years of Labour waste and failure.

18. Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about yourself. I once played the part of Kenickie in the musical Grease. The video evidence is safely locked away.

19. Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about your constituency. King Henry I (reigned 1100 – 1135) was born in Selby c.1068.

20. Share with us your most amusing story or favourite anecdote from the campaign trail. My Lib Dem opponent emailing a voter and telling him that he should vote Conservative (as featured on ConHome).

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