What made you decide to start blogging?
I had a month-long blog in the run-up to the 2005 General Election in the online edition of the Daily Telegraph. I enjoyed doing this and must have a web presence. Up till last December this was just the usual collection of press releases and photos. With a little push from work colleagues I have decided to plunge into blogging and use my blog as my main web presence.
What is your best blogging experience?
The month-long weblog in 2005 was great fun.
And your worst?
No bad experiences yet. I live in fear of typos and getting my facts wrong!
What do you regard as your best blog entry?
I am not the best person to judge this as I am often my own worst critic. As I am still learning I hope my best is yet to come.
UKpolling is my favourite, but also enjoy Iain Dale's Diary, Sadie's Tavern, LabourList, RecessMonkey, Conservative Home, Bloggers4UKIP, Politicalbetting.com, Luke's Blog.
What inspired you to go into politics?
Childhood conversations with my father led to a lifelong interest in left of centre politics. I believe in equality, justice, fairness, and hope that in some small way I can further these causes.
As a Labour Parliamentary candidate, what encouragement can you give those of us who are activists and supporters with regards to the next General Election?
Despite some unpleasant opinion polls there is still everything to play for. A fourth term is a real possibility. I would also add that I believe campaigning must be fun, must have a purpose, and must be energetic. I am an activist because I am a democratic socialist; I am campaigning for my beliefs.
What is it like campaigning against the only UKIP MP?
It will certainly make the contest interesting. Dr Spink is my polar opposite politically, so there is always something to disagree with him about.
Is there anywhere abroad which you haven't been to, that you would like to visit?
I have always hankered after visiting the Canadian Arctic. Hawaii looks lovely in pictures.
Is there anywhere abroad you have visited, that you would love to revisit?
Ephesus in Turkey was an astonishing day out. A well-preserved Roman city that was evocative in so many ways. North Wales was beautiful and I would like to visit when it is not raining.
Who, excluding the present leader and Prime Minister, do you regard as the best British Prime Minister, and if different, the best Labour leader?
Clement Attlee. That post-war government achieved so much.
Which political figure has been your greatest inspiration?
There have been a number who have inspired me one way or another, and I struggle to pick one above all others.
Favourite Bond movie?
Any of the Jason Bourne trilogy.
Favorite Doctor Who?
Jon Pertwee or Tom Baker.
Chocolate, vanilla, or mint?
Which Band, past or present, would you most like to see in concert?
The Beatles or the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
In terms of visiting for the weekend, Oxford, Cambridge, or Barsby, Leics..?
I like Oxford and its environs; a good mix of culture and history.
Favourite national newspaper?
The Guardian or The Times.
What would you say your hobbies were?
Football, genealogy, historic houses, walking.
And what would you say were your three favourite songs and three favourite books (Bar the Bible and The Complete Works of Shakespeare)?
This list is likely to change day by day. Today it could include the following, but since I love books and records the list could be hundreds, not just three.
No Feelings by the Sex Pistols.
Albatross by Public Image Limited.
Things We Said Today by The Beatles.
Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Penguin Island by Anatole France.
Our Man In Havana by Graham Greene.