ROBERT Goodwill has been Member of Parliament for Scarborough and Whitby since 2005.
An arable farmer from Terrington, near Malton, the MP is a former Member of the European Parliament and a staunch euro-sceptic.
He is also passionate about steam traction engines and owns a variety, including a Sentinel steam lorry.
In September, he became the front bench’s pairing whip, the number three position in the Government’s Whip office.
He took a few minutes to sit In the Hotseat.
Reporter Karl Hansell put the questions to him ...
1. What are your first memories of Whitby?
Spending a day there with my mum and dad. I can remember the whalebones and donkeys on the beach. We went on one of the last steam trains from Malton before the Beeching cuts.
2. What makes Whitby special to you?
Memories of taking my own three children there when they were small.
3. Life’s highlight?
The birth of our three children.
4. Biggest regret?
Not having enough time to spend with my family.
5. What did you have for breakfast this morning?
A cup of tea, a kipper and some toast and marmalade in the Members’ Tea Room in the House of Commons.
6. What is your favourite eating place?
Estbek House at Sandsend.
7. What is your favourite pub?
Don’t really have one, I am afraid. There are so many good ones in this area.
8. Where are the best fish and chips?
Fusco’s Royal Fisheries in Whitby, I would also recommend the one in Liverton Mines if people are up that way.
9. What is your worst habit?
I am very untidy, I must confess!
10. Where was your last holiday?
Maureen and I spent a few days in Nice during September but we had our main holiday on the Yorkshire coast.
11. When was the last time you cried?
When my mum died – quite a while ago now.
12. What would be your ideal day in Whitby?
Got to be fish and chips out of the paper and a ride on Vernon’s steam bus. I would have to try to burn off the calories by going for a long walk up on the moors or up the Abbey steps.
13. What was your first job?
Picking potatoes – on my dad’s farm when I was 10.
14. What is your favourite film?
“Trading Places” with Eddie Murphy and Dan Ackroyd.
15. What is your favourite book?
The last book I read was “A Week in December” by Sebastian Faulks. I would certainly recommend it as a good read. My favourite would be Great Expectations but I haven’t read it for 20 years or so.
16. If you won the Lottery, what would you do with it?
I would probably not be able to resist the temptation of buying another steam engine.
17. Dracula or Captain Cook?
18. What is your signature dish?
I am a curry-holic. The hotter the better.
19. Favourite drink?
I love a glass of Prosecco or even something more expensive if it’s a special occasion.
20. What would be your epitaph?
My favourite epitaph was from Spike Milligan, “I told you I was ill”. I think an epitaph is for others to judge.