Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has told how her working class roots in Liverpool left her "rooted in reality".
The colourful MP, who represents mid-Bedforshire, has written a novel inspired by her experiences of life in Anfield in the 1950s.
Some people say to me that MPs probably need to spend a week on a council estate. I don't don't need to spend a week on a council estate, I spent 26 years on one.
It was tough, money ran out before the end of the week. I remember mums getting scraps of food together and cooking it all in a big pan to feed the kids on the street because it was Wednesday and pay day wasn't until Thursday.