FIONA BRUCE has been the Conservative MP for Congleton since 2010. Before becoming an MP she was a businesswoman, solicitor and councillor. 

For me, politics is a calling. I didn’t study politics, nor was anyone in my family involved in it. But I looked at the world my two boys were growing up in and felt it could be so much better. We all have a choice; we can stand on the sidelines or get involved and try to make a positive difference. Being able to make a difference in someone’s life is the best part of the job. 

Political involvement is a privilege and a high calling, because it’s about the character of a nation. But unfortunately, poor character on the part of a number of individual parliamentarians recently has led to understandable public disillusionment. The challenge for us now is to win back the public’s trust and confidence – it is, and will be, a long, hard road, but we must try.

I’ve been inspired by Lord Alton of Liverpool – perhaps better known as David Alton – who has led the pro-life work in Parliament for many years. It’s a subject I am deeply concerned about and actively engaged in as co-chair of the All- Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group. He is also the chair of the All-Party Group on North Korea, the country with the most religious persecution on earth, and it is a privilege to support him as vice chair.

The first thing I do when I get into the office is to pray. God gives me the energy to do what is a very demanding job.