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Justin Tomlinson 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...

Tomlinson Justin Justin Tomlinson was elected MP for Swindon North with a majority of 7,060.

1. What is your earliest political memory? Kenny Everett, Big Hands - 'Let's Bomb Russia' in 1983!  Mind you, at that age I was more impressed by the 'Big Hands' than the underlying political message.

2. Complete the sentence: “I’m a Conservative because… We are on the side of those who are prepared to work hard and make a positive contribution to society."

3. Who is your political hero and why? Margaret Thatcher, she had the courage, drive and determination to face down the loony left hell bent on destroying our country.

4. When did you decide you wanted to become an MP? I stood as the Conservative candidate in the school elections in 1992 which I really enjoyed.  However, like Neil Kinnock's Sheffield rally I failed spectacularly by only securing 2 votes (half of which were mine!).  I realised I would need to improve if I was ever to become an MP!

5. What is your reading material of choice? With newspapers I read a mix of The Sun, The Express, Daily Mail and The Times Online, I keep an eye on events through BBC News and ConservativeHome. which gives a good mix of the issues that matter, plus excellent sports coverage! Then at the end of the day (or on holiday) to unwind, I enjoy reading fiction, horror and sci-fi with a sprinkling of history or sport.

6. Who is your favourite political interviewer/presenter on TV or radio? Andrew Neil, lethal with his timing and humour.

7. If you could run any government department, which would it be and why? A tough choice between Department of Sport (mostly for fun!) or Department of Business, Innovation & Skills as having spent 10 years running my own small business I understand the importance of championing entrepreneurs who are willing to take the risks to become the next generation of wealth creators.

8. Which non-Conservative politician do you most admire? Liz Kendall MP, courteous and one to watch.

9. Who would you least want to get stuck with in a House of Commons lift? David Lammy MP literally seems to shake with hatred of all things Conservative!  I wouldn’t want to ruin his day!

10. If you were in the US, would you be a Republican or a Democrat? Republican, mostly.

11. What do you enjoy doing to unwind and relax? TV: Outnumbered, Inbetweeners, Gillette Soccer Saturday, The Apprentice, Peep Show, The Office and Top Gear.  I also enjoy socialising with friends and spending far too much time playing Football Manager, with as much 'success' as Fabio Capello!

12. What is your favourite book? House of Cards by Michael Dobbs - it helped spark an interest in the political world.

13. What is your favourite film? The Hangover.

14. What is your favourite music? I am probably alone amongst MPs on this front, but I love Dance music - David Guetta, The Prodigy, Cut Up Boys etc.  In my defence, I was a nightclub manager for a few years after finishing University.

15. What would be your ideal meal and where would you eat it? Sunday Roast, anywhere and everywhere!

16. What is your favourite holiday destination? I love the Far East, well worth the long haul.  Though had I lost the election, I had planned to head to South Africa to watch England in the World Cup, lucky escape there!

17. What do you most want to achieve during your first term in Parliament? As a local resident of North Swindon myself, I am driven by making sure I have made a positive tangible difference to our local area.  Nationally I am working hard to push for greater personal financial training in schools, improved quality of life within new developments - in particular greater open space for 'jumpers for goal posts' - and promoting and supporting small shops within our communities and high streets.

18. Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about yourself. I am a football stats geek!

19. Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about your constituency. We are currently twinned with Disneyland, Florida!

Picture 1 20. Share with us your most amusing story or favourite anecdote from the campaign trail. We managed to secure a high profile spot in front of the Asda Superstore.  We planned balloons, leaflets, stickers and a team of enthusiastic helpers to promote our message, but forgot to decide who would actually organise this.  Anyway, I turned up armed only with a broken decorator's table (pictured, right) which collapsed if you had anything more than a few leaflets on it - all we managed was to secure many looks of confusion/pity rather swathes of new supporters!

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