20 Things About Alun
Alun recently completed 20 light-hearted, quick-fire questions for the Conservativehome website, here’s his responses:
- What is your earliest political memory?
The Falklands War.
- Complete the sentence: “I’m a Conservative because…
I believe that work and effort should be rewarded.”
- Who is your political hero and why?
Margaret Thatcher, because of the economic transformation she brought about.
- When did you decide you wanted to become an MP?
When there was a fear/risk of a Labour government in 1995.
- What is your reading material of choice?
PoliticsHome, ConservativeHome, Glamorgan Gem, Barry and District News, Glamorgan Gazette and Harvard Business Review.
- Who is your favourite political interviewer/presenter on TV or radio?
- If you could run any government department, which would it be and why?
Business, Innovation and Skills – to make Britain more competitive.
- Which non-Conservative politician do you most admire?
Peter Mandelson – because of his brass neck.
- Who would you least want to get stuck with in a House of Commons lift?
No-one – they are tiny.
- If you were in the US, would you be a Republican or a Democrat?
- What do you enjoy doing to unwind and relax?
Ski and cycle.
- What is your favourite book?
The Downing Street Years by Margaret Thatcher.
- What is your favourite film?
The Shawshank Redemption.
- What is your favourite music?
Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan.
- What would be your ideal meal and where would you eat it?
Fish and chips on Barry Island.
- What is your favourite holiday destination?
Bardi, Emilia Romagna.
- What do you most want to achieve during your first term in Parliament?
The respect from constituents in the Vale of Glamorgan.
- Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about yourself.
My first job was a petrol pump attendant – when we had them!
- Tell us one interesting, unusual or surprising fact about your constituency.
The Essex home in Gavin and Stacey is actually in Dinas Powys, about 5 miles from Barry!
- Share with us your most amusing story or favourite anecdote from the campaign trail.
After introducing myself on a doorstep, the man responded: “Of course I will vote for you. We need to do all we can to keep that Cairns guy out!”