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Gavin Williamson 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...

Gavin Williamson Commons Gavin Williamson was elected MP for South Staffordshire with a majority of 16,590.

1. What is your earliest political memory? The Miners' Strike – I was 8 at the time and my Granddad was a quarryman living and working in Derbyshire.  I remember his support for the miners and I was fascinated going to visit him and seeing the pickets and the demonstrations and I also remember watching it on the television afterwards.

2. Complete the sentence: “I’m a Conservative because… I believe in a strong independent Britain that can play a powerful role on the world stage.”

3. Who is your political hero and why? When you enter politics people are constantly telling you how little politicians can actually achieve.  Rab Butler is my political hero because he showed that in politics you can make a real difference.  The 1944 education act changed the lives of millions in Britain.

4. When did you decide you wanted to become an MP? Having worked so hard in the 1997 election campaign only to see the devastating results.  I remember watching Tony Blair enter Downing Street and I remember thinking how much I wanted to be a part of rebuilding the party and how I hoped one day to enter Parliament. 

5. What is your reading material of choice? The Daily Telegraph, The Sun and The Express and Star.  History books are my favourites and as for websites, Conservative Home - and I am a great fan of Political Betting.

6. Who is your favourite political interviewer/presenter on TV or radio? John Humphrys.

7. If you could run any government department, which would it be and why? BIS - Having worked in manufacturing since leaving university, I am passionate about supporting business and I believe that it is business and manufacturing that can lead the way out of difficult economic times. I would love to see people with real experience leading and shaping policy and I want to see universities working to support industry as I believe that you can make a real difference through better use of the innovations that take place in universities and encouraging a greater transfer of skills between university and business.  

8. Which non-Conservative politician do you most admire? Tony Blair – you might not like him, but you cannot help but admire the way that he made the Labour Party sellable.

9. Who would you least want to get stuck with in a House of Commons lift? Harriet Harman and Jack Dromey.  Let’s face it, you’d be hoping the cables would snap.

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 the family.

12. What is your favourite book? All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.

13. What is your favourite film? The Green Mile.

14. What is your favourite music? Nina Simone.

15. What would be your ideal meal and where would you eat it? Fish and Chips by the sea.

16. What is your favourite holiday destination? Obviously I believe that most people should holiday in South Staffordshire, but outside the constituency I would say the Northumberland Coast.

17. What do you most want to achieve during your first term in Parliament? I want to focus on being a good constituency MP who makes worthwhile contributions to the Chamber.  I want to highlight issues in my constituency and also manufacturing and enterprise.

18. Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about yourself. I'm a potter.

19. Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about your constituency. King Charles II hid in the constituency at Old Moseley Hall before escaping to France.

20. Share with us your most amusing story or favourite anecdote from the campaign trail. It had always been a tradition in South Staffordshire for a Shire horse to join the Election campaign.  When Herbie appears in his full regalia he is fantastic at commanding attention, but when it was time for the press to take a photo Herbie decided to tread on my foot!  

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