My Local Life: Sir Oliver Heald QC MP

For this month’s ‘My Local Life’ we caught up with the MP for North East Hertfordshire, Sir Oliver Heald QC MP. He has held his seat since 1992, an impressive 28 years. Here is what he had to say:

Where do you live and how long have you lived there?

I have lived in Royston since 1981

What’s your favourite local place to eat?

It would be wrong for me to single out one of the many excellent eateries we have in Royston, but I do live near the Old Bull Inn and particularly enjoy their breakfasts.

What is your favourite Royston experience?

I have attended the Rotary Club Kite festival over many years and have watched it grow from humble beginnings to a summer fixture on the Heath. I also enjoy the May Fayre.

What is your favourite way to spend a Saturday?

I often have constituency meetings and visits on Saturdays but otherwise I like to see family and friends and occasionally being able to watch my football team, Reading, as I grew up there.

What is your favourite place in the world?

North East Hertfordshire, of course, but Christine and I go every year to the small town of Anghiari in Italy where she sings with her choir. We have made many friends there over the years.

What makes you happy?

Feeling that I am doing my job effectively.

What is your greatest fear?

That Reading will not continue their current healthy run in the Championship and go back to last season’s relegation battle.

What is the most challenging aspect of your position?

I sometimes have to explain to constituents that MPs cannot solve all their problems, although I always try to help.

Which four people you would invite to dinner?

Peter Crouch, footballer and blogger; Renee Zellweger, favourite actress and seems to have a sense of humour; Michael Ball, amusing and could give us a song; and Twiggy, a long-time favourite!

What is your proudest moment?

Being knighted by the Queen. It was a very special occasion.

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