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Anna Soubry is a popular Conservative figure in the area of Broxtowe. She has been a politician for 7 years. For all of those 7 years, she has been standing up for Conservatives and Broxtowe. So we thought that it was only fitting, that we interview her. This is what she had to say:

Q1. What is your policy on fox hunting and why do you uphold it?

I believe the current law which bans the hunting of foxes with dogs, should not be changed. I don't think this is a big issue in Broxtowe as I believe most people in the constituency agree that the current law is working and should not be changed and I agree with them.

Q2. Your main opponent was born, raised and lives in Beeston so surely he should have the districts vote, what do you think about this?

I think you should vote for the person who would best represent your views and work hard for you. If we follow your logic someone born in France or Somalia would not be able to become a Member of Parliament. I think it's interesting to know where someone is from but I'm more interested in where they are going and what they believe in. I was born in a hospital in Lincoln where my mum worked; we were living in Dunham on Trent in North Notts. When I was 8 we moved to Clumber Park just outside Worksop and I lived there until I went to University (Birmingham). I then lived in Scotland for about four years until returning to Nottingham where I lived for over 25 years. It's quite unusual for someone to live in one place all their lives. Jeremy Corbyn was born in Chippenham, Wiltshire but that doesn't stop him being the MP for Islington. I consider myself a Nottinghamshire person (like my mother, grandmother and generations before them both) through and through and I am very proud of my roots in our County.

Q3.  What are your views on Trump and Kim Jong-un?

Kim Jong-un is a despot who keeps his people in servitude and poverty through repression and fear. I am struggling to think if there is anything redeeming about Donald Trump. I find his views on women and Muslims in particular deeply offensive and plain wrong. It saddens me he beat Hillary Clinton in last year's elections. I hope he goes, though I'm not convinced his Vice President (Pence) has better views or policies and unlike our Prime Minister, if Trump was impeached his deputy would replace him.

Q4.  You have been MP under two conservative prime ministers which of them do you favour the most and why?

I was proud to be in the same party as David Cameron when he was our leader and then Prime Minister. Cameron was socially liberal (same sex - equal marriage was one of our best achievements) and economically responsible. In 2010, we inherited an economy from Labour which was on the verge of going bust. We had to take some tough decisions but we have done much to repair the damage and make us economically stronger. With the benefit of hindsight, we should not have held the EU Referendum and I am very sad we are going to leave the European Union. I don't know Theresa May but I do know what she said on the steps of Downing Street after she became Prime Minister. I agree with her views on social justice, fairness and creating a strong economy. I was disappointed in her approach to Brexit and believe she badly lost her way on that issue and some other important matters.

Q5. If you were in charge of the Brexit negotiations what would you do differently?

I would immediately set up a cross party committee to determine what we want by way of a transitional agreement and final economic deal. At the moment we get a lot of nonsense about "no deal is better than a bad deal" and I think we should have a proper debate in our country and in Parliament about what sort of Brexit we want and need. I'm pleased the Conservative Government and Labour Party are coming round to many of the arguments I've been advancing for the last 18 months. I made it clear to voters in Broxtowe in June that if I was re- elected I would continue to support the Single Market, Customs Union and make the positive case for immigration. There is a third option to " deal or no deal" and it's a Norway type agreement. Let's get it - stop the arguing, support business and get on with the big domestic issues we face.

 

Q6: If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?

Hard-working, caring, honest

Q7: If I were a Labour supporter what would you say to change my mind?     

Most politicians want the same things - for our children to inherit a more prosperous, fairer and better country. What divides us is how we achieve those common goals. As a Conservative I try to see the person, not their sex, skin colour, age, background, race or religion and I believe in and trust people. I want a sound economy where businesses and entrepreneurs can flourish responsibly, creating and providing well paid, skilled jobs. I'm really pleased we have halved youth unemployment and have record levels of employment amongst all ages and both sexes. We should all pay our taxes so we have the money to keep us safe, provide great services like our NHS and education, and help people when they fall on hard times or need support and care because they don't have the advantages most of us enjoy. I believe in fairness and tolerance I believe in equality of opportunity. I am not much in to slagging off other political parties but Labour's current hard socialist leadership really worries me.  I think it is fair to judge a party by its record: Labour always makes promises it can't deliver and if they get in to Government make an economic mess the Conservatives have to clear up.