When were you happiest? On our honeymoon.
Which living person do you most admire, and why? Nelson Mandela – for his grace and complete lack of bitterness.
What is your earliest memory? Chatting to my dad while he had a bath.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Occasional road rage.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Lack of sense of humour.
What has been your most embarrassing moment? Car, bike, papers, you know the rest.
Property aside, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought? A car – my Honda.
What is your most treasured possession? Sam’s oil paintings [that] I bought when we first went out.
Where would you like to live? In the Cotswolds or by the sea.
What would your super power be? Teleporting – it would save a lot of travel time.
What makes you depressed? Failing or letting people down.
In your role as an MP, of what are you most proud? Standing up for special schools.
And least proud? Car, bike, papers… (see above).
What do you most dislike about your appearance? Ruddy cheeks.
Who would play you in the film of your life? See above… probably Timothy Spall.
What is your guiltiest pleasure? A big fry-up.
What is your favourite smell? Food on my barbecue (when I haven’t burned it).
What is your favourite book? Goodbye To All That, by Robert Graves.
What is your favourite word? Freedom.
What is the worst thing anyone’s said to you? I’m getting used to some great abuse – someone wrote to me saying if you want to cut carbon emissions, why don’t you stop breathing…
What do you owe your parents? Everything – a sense of optimism and responsibility, and a sense of humour.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My family…
What do you consider your greatest regret? Not spending more time with Ivan.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? Old friends.
What or who is the greatest love of your life? Sam.
How do you relax? Watching TV.
What does love feel like? That you belong together.
Which living person do you most despise, and why? Robert Mugabe – it’s obvious why.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “When are we eating?”
What single thing would improve the quality of your life? The ability to be in two places at once.
How often do you have sex? There are some questions politicians shouldn’t answer.
What is the closest you’ve come to death? Bad skiing accident, bouncing down rocks and grass, but escaping with only bruises.
Where would you most like to be right now? Home in Oxfordshire with Sam and the children in the garden.
What keeps you awake at night? My children’s incessant bed hopping.
What is your ambition? To make Britain a better place and die happy.
How would you like to be remembered? As someone who tried to do the right thing.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you? Never give up.
Tell us a joke. Asked how I slept the night before the first TV debate, “Like a baby – I woke every half an hour and cried for my mother.”