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The reply from our MP

Mr Clifton-Brown has replied to our letter and here are the answers to the questions you asked.

What made you want to become an MP?

I am a great believer in achieving things in life rather than talking about them.  I had strong beliefs about the direction this country should take and I decided that becoming a Member of Parliament was the best way I could help influence the future.

What is the best part about your job and what is the worst part about your job?

The best part is being able to help constituents who are in very difficult circumstances.  The worst part is travelling to the Cotswolds late at night after a hard day’s work in London.

What was your first speech in Parliament about?

An MP’s first or “maiden” speech is very important.  It follows a set format, a few remarks about one’s predecessor, about the constituency and then what one would concentrate on.  In my case, Rural Matters, Economic Policy and Foreign Affairs.

Have you ever agreed to a new rule but later wished that you hadn't?

Yes I voted for a reduction in hours and the House of Commons sat and then realised we were not getting through enough business.  So the vote was reversed.

What is your favourite thing you have done in Parliament?

Being present when Nelson Mandela made his great speech to both Houses of Parliament.

What was your first speech in the House of Commons about?

See above.

Have you ever been forced to vote for something you didn’t believe in?

Yes when I was part of William Hague’s team in opposition voting to send our troops to Afghanistan.

How many times do you go to Parliament each month?

When Parliament is sitting, I virtually always attend unless I am abroad on Parliamentary Business.

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