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One of the first questions everyone asks is "how can you be an MP and write a book?" The answer is very simple, my youngest child left home for university and I was left with an empty nest. I replaced ironing, shopping, cleaning and chauffeuring, with writing.
I claim no Parliamentary expenses and use my outside earnings from writing to subsidise my public role as an MP.
I discovered writing very late and as a result I would encourage anyone, even people who claim not to be creative, to try and find a creative hobby. You never know where it may lead. For me, it led to a deep contentment and happiness that has helped me to fulfil so many other roles in my life and, without doubt, I am a better MP as a result of the enjoyment I derive from writing in my spare time.
The Four Streets is my first book and the second in the trilogy, Hide Her Name, is due for release in December.
My books are a mishmash of the people, personalities and events which were the backcloth to my life when growing up in Liverpool.
I live between Westminster and Bedfordshire with my vet partner Chris. I have three wonderful daughters, an old Labrador and we have just adopted a rescue Springer Spaniel; she is surely the scattiest dog on the planet.