The MP Interview: Nick de Bois
On Margaret Thatcher's positive legacy, meat pie in a can, and interrupting a funeral.
What made you go into politics?
I went into politics because when I started out my business, I was promised help would be given by the government to new starters. That wasn’t the case. In the end, this flaw in the system encouraged me to try and do something about it.
What job did you do before you became an MP?
I owned and ran my own events and exhibitions company.
Which law would you scrap?
Extradition Act 2003.
And if you could pass one law, what would it be?
Enfield’s Law, which is part of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill. This will help tackle youth knife crime and is something I and a number of other people from Enfield have been campaigning for.
Do politics and religion mix?
In theory they shouldn’t, in practice they do.
Who is your favourite prime minister from history, and why?
Margaret Thatcher. She had a positive influence in my life by enabling policies which allowed someone from an ordinary background to fulfil many ambitions, including running your own business.
Name three dream dinner-party guests.
Dave Lamb (narrator, Come Dine With Me), Robbie Savage, and Eamonn Holmes.
Which politician from a different party do you most admire?
What’s your karaoke song of choice?
Cliff Richard – “Congratulations”
What’s the last film you saw?
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
What’s the last work of fiction you read?
Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalisation by Gordon Brown.
Newsnight or Question Time?
Humphrys or Paxman?
Who is your favourite blogger?
Who is your favourite newspaper columnist?
If you could change one thing about your job, what would it be?
I would change waiting hours to speak in a debate.
What’s the funniest or saddest thing you’ve ever heard at a surgery?
The funniest thing I’ve heard is when a lady brought in a can of Fray Bentos meat pie complaining about the low meat content.
What was your worst doorstep campaigning moment?
I knocked on a door asking to speak to someone, who it turned out had sadly died. Their funeral had been that day and the wake was in progress at the house I was calling on.
Who is the most important person in your life, and why?
My wife and children.
Do you think you will ever be prime minister – and if not, why not?
No, I wouldn’t wish that job on anyone!
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