Christmas Interview with Angela Rayner (Labour MP for Ashton-under-Lyne)

My next Christmas interview is with the Labour MP Angela Rayner

  • What is your favourite Christmas food?

“Chocolates and generally pigging out.”

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  • What is your favourite Christmas film?

“Scrooge 🙂 the one with him from ghostbusters in it actor Bill Murray.”

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  • What is your favourite Christmas song?

“The Pogues Fairytale of New York”

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  • What is the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?

“My little sister, she was born on Xmas Day 🙂 ”

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  • What present would you get for David Cameron?

“A map of my constituency to show food banks, cuts to services, unemployment, business closures all as a direct result of his policies – like the film Scrooge and show there is a better way.”

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Christmas Interview with John Nicolson (SNP MP for East Dunbartonshire)

The next addition to my series of ‘Christmas Interviews’ is with the SNP MP, John Nicolson:

  • What’s your favourite Christmas food?

“I’m veggie. So my Christmas dinner will be a rich mushroom stew with Brussels sprouts and mashed tatties. Then rice pudding with damson compote. I like all of these things.

But if I have to plump for a single favourite it would be home made mince pies.”

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  • What is your favourite Christmas film?

“It’s A Wonderful Life.”

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  • What is your favourite Christmas song?

“In the Bleak Mid Winter.”

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  • What was the best Christmas present you ever received?

“A blue scooter with white rubber handles. It was from Father Christmas. I think I’d not long missed him. He’d left sooty footprints across the lino on the kitchen floor.”

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  • What present would you get for David Cameron?

“I wouldn’t.”

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Christmas Interview with Natalie Bennett (Leader of The Green Party)

Delighted to add the leader of The Green Party, Natalie Bennett, to my collection of festive interviews!

  • What is your favourite Christmas food?

“Christmas pudding – nicely soaked in brandy.”

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  • What is your favourite Christmas film?

“Spartacus – saw it every year when I was a child.”

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  • What is your favourite Christmas song?

“A Bridge Over You by the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS choir – it really has to be No 1 this year!” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34961773

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  • What was the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?

“A book on identifying mushrooms – satisfyingly tasty results!”

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  • What present would you buy for David Cameron?

“A husky soft toy, to remind him of the green promises on which he was first elected: http://www.hamleys.com/hamleys-husky-soft-toy.ir ”

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Christmas Interview with Andrew Gwynne (Labour Shadow Health Minister)

Next, in my series of Christmas interviews, I asked some questions to Andrew Gwynne who is a Labour Shadow Health Minister and the MP for Denton and Reddish.

  • What’s your favourite Christmas food?

“Christmas cake.”

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  • What’s your favourite Christmas film?

“National Lampoon’s Christmas.”

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  • What’s your favourite Christmas song?

“Pop: Simply having a wonderful Christmastime
Traditional: O come, o come, Emmanuel”

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  • What was the best Christmas present you ever received?

“Atari 2600 games console in early 1980s”

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  • What present would you buy for David Cameron?

“A year’s subscription to the Daily Mirror.”

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Interview with George Galloway (Mayor of London Candidate and Leader of The Respect Party)

I am pleased to have been able to interview one of the biggest names in British Politics, George Galloway. Mr Galloway first became a Labour MP in 1987. In 2004 he joined The Respect Party and later became leader. Now, Mr Galloway is running to replace Boris Johnson in the Mayor of London election next year. I was interested to hear a bit more about The Respect Party and why Mr Galloway decided to stand in the Mayor of London election.

  • How important is it that young people take an interest in politics?

“Politics will decide what kind of country, what kind of world young people will grow up in, study in, work in, live in and bring up their own children in. It is that important. Young people have a greater stake in politics therefor than anybody else.”

  • How did you first become involved in politics?

“I was born into a political family, was working in elections since I was a small child. I joined the Labour Party when I was 13 years old.”

  • Can you tell us a little bit about The Respect Party and why you decided to join them?

“Respect was born out of the anti-war movement, the Stop the War Coalition, which was founded in 2001 to fight against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. When I was expelled by Tony Blair over the war I became one of the founders and the leading member of the Respect Party. I took the safe Labour seat of Bethnal Green and Bow in the 2005 General Election and again took the safe Labour seat of Bradford West in 2012.”

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  • Why did you decide to stand for Mayor of London?

“I believe London needs a leader, one who will stand up for the people of London against the wealthy and the powerful. I believe in a London for all, not just those dripping in gold. I believe I am the best candidate, certainly by far and away the most experienced. I have been prominent in national and international politics for more than thirty years, was elected six times to the House of Commons, and am the best known of all the candidates. People know that I say what I mean and mean what I say. Even if they don’t agree with me, they know I am a man of principle, a man who tells the truth whatever the consequences, a man who has never lied to the people.”

  • Do you have any funny stories from your time in politics?

None that are “age appropriate” 🙂

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Christmas Interview with Jess Phillips (Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley)

For my second Christmas Interview, I interviewed the new Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, Jess Phillips:

  • What is your favourite Christmas food?

“My favourite is the bubble and squeak on Boxing Day with pickles and cold meat.”

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  • What is your favourite Christmas film?

“Elf, I’ve already watched it this year and imagine I will be watching it again every week.”

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  • What is your favourite Christmas song?

“Fairy tale of New York, although I have a soft spot for Stay by East 17”

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  • What was the best Christmas present you’ve ever received?

“Probably a bike or something like that when I was a kid. As an adult it might be my kindle, as someone who does not sleep very well, my kindle means I can read in bed without bothering my husband.”

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  • What present would you buy for David Cameron?

“Some real world experience and some socks.”

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UPDATE: Featuring on Huffington Post

I am excited and proud to announce that Huffington Post have decided to host my blog.

The world famous site  has 14 million UK readers and 240 million + readers worldwide.

Some of my interviews will feature on Huffington Post, as well as articles I will be writing for them too.

I will still be running Next Ballot Box as usual and my regular interviews, polls and Funny Fridays will still continue.

I am very excited for this opportunity and looking forward to interacting with more people who are interested in politics.

My first post will be featuring soon and I will post it here on the blog too

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