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Zac Goldsmith 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...

Zac Goldsmith Commons Zac Goldsmith was elected MP for Richmond Park with a majority of 4,091.

1. What is your earliest political memory? Being confused when a staff member at my school celebrated the Tory’s win over the Conservatives.

2. Complete the sentence: “I’m a Conservative because… Conservatives traditionally understand the role (and limits) of the state.”

3. Who is your political hero and why? Edmund Burke, a true conservative, not afraid of being unpopular, environment-minded and a believer in fairness and small Government.

4. When did you decide you wanted to become an MP? 2004.

5. What is your reading material of choice? BBC News website.

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? DEFRA – our beautiful landscape deserves protection, and our food security from farming and fishing will one day be key.

8. Which non-Conservative politician do you most admire? Kate Hoey, Frank Field.

9. Who would you least want to get stuck with in a House of Commons lift? Where do I start?

10. If you were in the US, would you be a Republican or a Democrat? Reluctant Democrat – Both groups are uninspiring, but the Republicans are hopeless on the environment.

11. What do you enjoy doing to unwind and relax? Switch off the machines and play with the children.

12. What is your favourite book? The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

13. What is your favourite film? The Man Who Would be King.

14. What is your favourite music? Gypsy music.

15. What would be your ideal meal and where would you eat it? Lamb, at home.

16. What is your favourite holiday destination? Devon.

17. What do you most want to achieve during your first term in Parliament? Push successfully for direct democracy, so that people can bypass politicians and make decisions for themselves.

18. Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about yourself. When I first canvassed, it was for the Referendum Party in 1997.

19. Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about your constituency. Richmond Park has more ancient trees than all of Germany and France combined.

20. Share with us your most amusing story or favourite anecdote from the campaign trail. A policeman removed a roll-up cigarette directly from my mouth, and replaced it with one of his own less-suspicious looking pre-fabs, saying "we don’t want any unhelpful pictures, do we?!"

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