ROBERT Taylor is a former borough councillor for Buckskin.

He was first elected to represent the ward in 2007 but lost his seat following a defeat by Labour’s Nigel Pierce in the May local elections.

During his time at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, he served as the chairman of the community wellbeing overview and scrutiny committee and a member of the licensing and sub-licensing committee since 2010. He is now the community partnerships coordinator for Sebastian’s Action Trust, which has a respite home in North Waltham.

He lives with his wife Fiona in Black Dam and has lived in the area for 14 years. The couple have four children and four grandchildren. He was originally born in Manningham in Bradford in 1949. Previous jobs include being the communications director at Liaise Loddon and a sponsor of the School of Social Work at Bradford University.

1. Who was your childhood hero and why? Tin Tin (and Snowy).

2. What is your most precious possession and why is it important to you? A wooden cord pull made by my son on a lathe at the age of eight (he is now 34).

3. What was the first record/CD you bought? Vinyl single: Jerry Lee Lewis Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On… the energy.

4. What is the radio/television show you hate to miss? The news.

5. What is your favourite film? Zulu.

6. What is your pet hate? People who are rude and bad mannered.

7. What are you reading at the moment? Footsteps of Thesiger by Adrian Hayes the explorer.

8. If you were choosing a last meal, what would it be? Chilli curry.

9. If you could meet anyone from history, who would it be? Edmund Hillary.

10. If you had a time machine where would it take you? To the time of the great global explorers.

11. If you were stranded on a desert island what luxury would you choose to have with you? An iron or a vacuum cleaner.

12. What sports team do you support? Bradford City Football Club.

13. What was your first job? Mill hand at Bradford Wool Mills at the age of 15.

14. If you could take over someone’s job for the day, whose job would you choose? Michael Palin as a travel guru.

15. What worries you the most? Going upstairs and then forgetting what I went up there for.

16. What is your proudest moment? Being appointed as a magistrate.

17. What would you like your epitaph to be? He made a difference.

18. What’s your guilty pleasure? Too numerous to mention.

19. What one thing could change society for the better? Tolerance.

20. What three words best describe you? Principled, proud and proper.