NEXT up in our series of '21 Questions' general election pieces is the Brexit Party's St Helens North candidate Malcolm Webster.

Malcolm, 58, is contesting the seat held by Labour's Conor McGinn in the upcoming general election on December 12.

Here is how he answered our 21 quickfire questions.


I'm from St Helens, I started my education at Thatto Heath Primary School, that's where my family is originally from, generations of us. I've moved about, lived in Sutton and went to Widnes for a few years and went to Widnes Grammar School. I passed my 11-plus. Then it got turned into a comprehensive while I was there. I did some A levels and then joined the police, I decided against going to University.


I'm a retired police officer and now work as a part-time driving instructor with BSM. In between retiring and now, I took a bit of time out. I've worked for a non-profit organisation helping people get back into work, that was interesting. Unfortunately it was one of those contracts that was designed around if you could get enough government grants to keep it going. It got to the point where they were cutting a few jobs and I just said to them, there's no point anybody else losing their job. I said to them I've got my police pension, it's not a great deal of money but it keeps me going. Keep somebody else in work so I voluntarily threw myself on my sword.

I'm working as a BSM instructor now, it's good, I like it. You meet some really interesting people.

What was the first car you ever bought?

I was a biker when I was young. The first car I ever drove was a Triumph Herald, I doubt many people will remember what they look like. The first car I bought was a Talbot. That didn't last long, I crashed that in the ice and the snow! It had a lamppost fitted to it for a while! The one after was a Saab, that was the one I had the longest, it was a good car.

Where did you last go on holiday?

I haven't had a holiday for six years, through personal choice a little bit and circumstances. That was to America. After I retired I took my wife and my son off to America for a couple of weeks. I've not had a holiday since then.

What was the last thing you ate?

One of these meal replacement shakes, a breakfast shake, that was all I've had this morning.

When was the last time you cried?

It was only earlier this year. My missus had a dog, she was really close to it. It died and she got really upset so being there for her, that was quite a trying time.

What's your favourite St Helens restaurant?

The Cottage Tandoori in Rainford. Great food, really nice food. I don't just go to one place but I'd say food-wide that is really good.

What is your favourite pub in St Helens?

The Cricketers. I used to go there quite a lot. I know the brother of the licensee. I still go after Saints home matches, walking back through the town I'll end up in the Cricketers. I'm not a big drinker to be honest so I'm, not somebody who goes to the pub all of the time.

What would be your last meal?

Sunday Roast. It can never be anything else.

Where do you do your food shopping?

All over, Tesco, Morrisons, Aldi, Asda. Sometimes it just depends what mood I'm in, other times what I'm going out to buy but seriously I do most of the shopping because I'm out and about with work so I'll pick it up on my way home.

Who is your favourite Saints player?

That's a tough one. I've watched Saints since I was seven, for as long as I can remember so picking a favourite out of all them is nigh on impossible. I'd say out the current crop you've got to be looking at Alex Walmsley, Jonny Lomax. The last three years Lomax has been brilliant but Alex Walmsley, he's like a talisman for the team and then you've got Luke Thompson as well. All-time favourite from when i was younger, Geoff Pimblett. I just remember watching him kick all them goals as a kid.

What is your favourite movie?

There’s a movie that I’ll watch every time it comes on telly regardless and I’ve even got it recorded on Sky; Zulu. I don’t know why, I just love it. I just think it’s a brilliant movie.

What is your favourite TV series?

I’m a bit more into comedies than anything else. Red Dwarf is one, Monty Python. It’s just brilliant watching that anarchic comedy.

What is your favourite book?

Lord of The Rings, by Tolkein. I have read it hundreds of times. I first picked it up when I was a kid and just read it and read it. I loved the storyline and I’ve read The Hobbit as well. My favourite is slightly different though.

My favourite author is slightly different though, Sven Hassel. He writes a lot of World War Two books which are about a German penal tank regiment and it’s looking at things from the other side’s perspective and how they were treated by the Reich. Good storylines and good characters. I’d recommend that series of books.

Who is your favourite actor?

This one is just impossible, it really is. I like people like Oliver Reid and Richard Harris but I think more the reason I like them is because they weren’t the type of actors who would talk down to people, they were very down to earth and if you met them in the pub they’d have a drink with you. That type of character just appeals to me.

What music are you listening to right now?

I’m into rock music, heavy metal. I was brought up in the era of David Bowie starting out, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd so that type of stuff. I listen to absolute Classic Rock on the radio all the time. If you turn the radio on in the car it’ll go to that station. I like some of the more recent stuff. There’s a group called Disturbed and one of my favourite records is by them. They did a re-release of Sound of Silence from the 1960s, brilliant. If you get a chance listen to that.

Who would play you in a movie of your life?

I’d have to go to all those characters before. Oliver Reid, Richard Harris. Spike Milligan even. They’re probably the only people who would really understand me!

Do you have any tattoos?


What is the best gift you have received?

Because I’m a biker, I spent years not riding while I was working with the police and when I retired my missus bought me a motorbike. I loved it. It was unexpected, it was great.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

To be immortal. I think, you just don’t want to go, you want to be here forever. But I’d have to be a bit younger than I am now!

But then, something different, I’d like to see Brexit come to an end! That would be one and for things to get sorted out.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

It was something my dad said to me when I was a kid. He said when you ask a question, listen to the answer, you might learn something. It’s something you don’t see nowadays, look at the debates on telly, the minute someone starts talking somebody else starts shouting. How can you argue with somebody if you don’t know what their position is? You just go off what has been said in the past, it just gets ridiculous so definitely ask a question, listen to the answer, you might learn something.