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Bob Blackman 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...

Bob Blackman Commons Bob Blackman was elected MP for Harrow East with a majority of 3,403.

1. What is your earliest political memory? Coming home from school to hear from my parents that Harold Wilson had been elected as Prime Minister and encountering their total outrage at this gross error by the British people!

2. Complete the sentence: “I’m a Conservative because… I passionately believe in the maximum freedom of the individual under the law, promoting personal responsibility, enterprise, the family and speaking up for the “silent majority”.

3. Who is your political hero and why? Churchill for determination in adversity; Iain Macleod for thinking outside the box; Gandhi for proving the power of words over violence; Martin Luther King for vision and oratory.

4. When did you decide you wanted to become an MP? When I was at school. I have always been a representative of people, at school, University, work, Council and now Parliament.

5. What is your reading material of choice? I read mysteries and thrillers. My favourite author is Ian Rankin.

6. Who is your favourite political interviewer/presenter on TV or radio? Jeremy Paxman. He is excellent at forcing an answer to questions!

7. If you could run any government department, which would it be and why? Communities and Local Government. My experience in local government would stand me in good stead!

8. Which non-Conservative politician do you most admire? Mahatma Gandhi.

9. Who would you least want to get stuck with in a House of Commons lift? Either of the Milliband brothers! My nightmare is being stuck there with both of them!

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? I am a passionate supporter of Tottenham Hotspur FC where I have a season ticket. This allows me to let off steam and experience the highs and lows which all Spurs supporters will understand!

12. What is your favourite book? Strip Jack by Ian Rankin.

13. What is your favourite film? The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. I am an avid fan of Clint Eastwood and have seen all of his films. The most harrowing film, Schindler’s List and most moving, The Pianist.

14. What is your favourite music? Rock music. My favourite singer is Rod Stewart, favourite group Led Zeppelin although I do like modern groups such as Snow Patrol, the Killers and Stereophonics.

15. What would be your ideal meal and where would you eat it? Curry at my local Tandoori restaurant.

16. What is your favourite holiday destination? Rio de Janeiro.

17. What do you most want to achieve during your first term in Parliament? I want to be seen as a keen and enthusiastic advocate for the people of Harrow East.

18. Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about yourself. Before becoming fully involved in politics, I managed a local Sunday League football team and we won the league in my final season and the cup the previous year! I went out on a high note.

19. Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about your constituency. Harrow East is home to Bentley Wood where the RAF Fighter Command had their HQ during the Battle of Britain. 

20. Share with us your most amusing story or favourite anecdote from the campaign trail. I was canvassing on a Saturday morning. I knocked on a door and there was no answer. I sighed and pushed one of my leaflets through the letter box. There was a short pause (just enough for the leaflet to be read). The letter box opened and my leaflet was pushed out again! All of this conducted in total silence and would look good in a silent movie. I marked the individual as “Against”!

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