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Jason McCartney 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...

McCartney Jason Jason McCartney was elected MP for Colne Valley with a majority of 4,837.

1. What is your earliest political memory? My Dad being happy that the armed forces were going to get a long overdue pay rise when Margaret Thatcher came to power in 1979. My Dad was in the RAF.

2. Complete the sentence: “I’m a Conservative because… I'm a patriot who loves our country's freedoms, sense of fair play, decency and opportunity for all."

3. Who is your political hero and why? Winston Churchill, he inspired a nation to pull together and defeat Hitler.

4. When did you decide you wanted to become an MP?  It crossed my mind when Cecil Parkinson visited my school but I really seriously thought about it about five or six years ago.

5. What is your reading material of choice? Sporting biographies, Huddersfield Examiner, Yorkshire Post, The Guardian, The Times, Huddersfield Town FC matchday programme, ConHome, Iain Dale and Huddersfield Town websites.

6. Who is your favourite political interviewer/presenter on TV or radio? Ben Erlam for ITV Yorkshire and Carolyn Quinn on Radio 4's PM programme. Carolyn was about to interview me live on the PM programme about my first day as an MP in Westminster just as Gordon Brown was announcing his resignation as PM.

7. If you could run any government department, which would it be and why? Defence - I'm a former RAF Officer; or DCMS - I'm also a former BBC/ITV journalist and a sports nut.

8. Which non-Conservative politician do you most admire? Peter Wishart of the SNP - I was incorrectly told I'd been allocated Peter's Westminster office after 6 weeks of hotdesking. He knew nothing about it but was charm personified and saw the funny side. We are now neighbours in the Upper Committee corridor.

9. Who would you least want to get stuck with in a House of Commons lift? It's already happened - let's just say he's been recently ennobled...

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? Watching Huddersfield Town FC, but it's not always that relaxing.

12. What is your favourite book? George Orwell's 1984.

13. What is your favourite film? Good Night, and Good Luck - George Clooney's atmospheric take on real life story of how a TV journalist took on Senator McCarthy. I also watch Zulu at least once a year.

14. What is your favourite music? The Clash, Andrea Bocelli and Honley Male Voice choir (my Dad's in it).

15. What would be your ideal meal and where would you eat it? A curry with my constituency team at the Monsoon Tandoori in Slaithwaite.

16. What is your favourite holiday destination? Xativa in Spain.

17. What do you most want to achieve during your first term in Parliament? Continue my campaigns for local services in my constituency - post offices, bus services and the return of full maternity care to Huddersfield.

18. Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about yourself. I was based in Las Vegas with the RAF.

19. Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about your constituency. BBC 1's Last of the Summer Wine was filmed in Holmfirth and although the long running series has been pulled, there's now a real vineyard just up the Holme valley.

20. Share with us your most amusing story or favourite anecdote from the campaign trail. Heavy rain caused a couple of the letters to be washed off one of my large banners on a main road. So whilst out canvassing in a busy village centre I called the banner company on my mobile phone, and oblivious to the public in earshot, I proceeded to ask for "a little e, I really need a little e". My campaign manager tapped me on my shoulder and suggested it wasn't a good idea to be saying that in public!

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