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Jack Lopresti MP answers ConHome's Twenty Questions for the Class of 2010

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

Jack Lopresti Jack Lopresti was elected MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke with a majority of 6,914.

1. What is your earliest political memory? The power cuts at school in the early 1970s during the Heath era strikes.

2. Complete the sentence: “I’m a Conservative because… I am a patriot and I believe in freedom, small but strong government and getting the state off the backs of people."

3. Who is your political hero and why? Winston S Churchill, for courage, determination, leadership and his great humanity.

4. When did you decide you wanted to become an MP?  November 1990.

5. What is your reading material of choice? Military and political history, The Spectator, The Daily Telegraph and The Sun.

6. Who is your favourite political interviewer/presenter on TV or radio? Andrew Neil.

7. If you could run any government department, which would it be and why? Ministry of Defence. I am a soldier who seen active service as a private in the ranks, so I would have some modest experience to bring to the role. In many ways I think it’s the most important Government department, the first responsibility of any government is the defence of the realm and the security of our people.

8. Which non-Conservative politician do you most admire? Jack Straw.

9. Who would you least want to get stuck with in a House of Commons lift? I never use the lifts, I try and keep fit as being an MP can be an unhealthy lifestyle.

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? Reading, listening to music, running and hill/mountain walking. Also enjoying good food and wine with friends!

12. What is your favourite book? The Mists of Avalon, which is about Dark age Britain and King Arthur.

13. What is your favourite film? Patton.

14. What is your favourite music? I don’t really have a favourite but I do love all types of music.

15. What would be your ideal meal and where would you eat it? A seafood and pasta dish, at my favourite restaurant in the whole world; La Mamela, Catalan Bay, Gibraltar. 

16. What is your favourite holiday destination? USA.

17. What do you most want to achieve during your first term in Parliament? To become an effective backbench MP and to secure a reputation in the Filton and Bradley Stoke constituency as an accessible and very hard working local MP.

18. Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about yourself. I left school at 15 to work in my family’s small catering and ice cream business in Bristol.

19. Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about your constituency. Filton is where the British Concorde was built. It flew from Filton on its maiden flight. It’s also where the last Concorde to fly landed on its last flight on 24th October 2003 and it sadly resides now in Filton as a museum piece.

20. Share with us your most amusing story or favourite anecdote from the campaign trail. What I really remember from the campaign trail is the sense of camaraderie, friendship, fun and above all, a great team achievement. It was a thoroughly enjoyable time and one which I will savour for so many reasons for the rest of my life.

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