Here is the latest in our series of Twenty Questions with members of the Class of 2010…
1. What is your earliest political memory? Coming home from school to power cuts in the 1970's.
2. Complete the sentence: “I’m a Conservative because… I believe in a smaller role for the state and therefore more freedom for individuals.”
3. Who is your political hero and why? Margaret Thatcher, because she was prepared to be unpopular if she knew what she was doing was right.
4. When did you decide you wanted to become an MP? The mid-1990's (this was my fourth consecutive General Election).
5. What is your reading material of choice? Mainly nowadays websites and newspapers at the weekend. I usually buy the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph and some weeks I even get time to read them!
6. Who is your favourite political interviewer/presenter on TV or radio? Locally, Jonathan Ali from BBC Radio Manchester – as a Bury local he understands the Bury issues. Nationally, I like the style of Andrew Neil.
7. If you could run any government department, which would it be and why? Not much chance of this I think but let me say the Foreign Office so I could immediately bring forward a Bill to have a referendum on our continued membership of the European Union. It is expensive, all pervasive and in my opinion we would be far better off outside the European Union. We could still agree to act in unison where it was necessary to do so but as things stand it boils down to other countries constantly telling this country what to do.
8. Which non-Conservative politician do you most admire? I admire all those who have had to struggle to overcome a disability in order to achieve their goal.
9. Who would you least want to get stuck with in a House of Commons lift? Anyone who was claustrophobic.
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? Spending time with my wife and our Dalmatian dog CeeCee. I do not have much free time and I usually use it to try and catch up with the newspapers and my personal post. When I can fit it in I enjoy walking, watching cricket and football and listening to music.
12. What is your favourite book? The Bible.
13. What is your favourite film? Grease (although I am not a film buff and rarely watch films).
14. What is your favourite music? Meatloaf and Kate Bush (but I enjoy listening to many sorts of music, especially Handel).
15. What would be your ideal meal and where would you eat it? Either Thai or a traditional English roast at home.
16. What is your favourite holiday destination? Anywhere warm, sunny and tranquil.
17. What do you most want to achieve during your first term in Parliament? To serve my constituents in Bury North and earn the reputation as someone with straight talking common sense.
18. Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about yourself. I played the piano and the bassoon when I was at school.
19. Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about your constituency. It was the birthplace of Robert Peel.
20. Share with us your most amusing story or favourite anecdote from the campaign trail.
Stuck on the last one. I am sure there have been many funny moments over the years but to be honest none stick out so I will pass on this.
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