1. Ed Miliband
Q: What's your biggest personal achievement to date?
A: Being a dad to Daniel and a partner to Justine, whilst also managing to hold down my day job
Q: How would your closest friends describe you in 3 words?
A: Quite often late
Q: In 15 words or less why would you make the best leader for the Labour party?
A: I’m the candidate that best understands the scale of change required for Labour to win
Q: What would you like the history books to say about you?
A: That I knew that politics has to be based on real values and that I had the courage of my convictions
Q: What needs to happen to get more women into prominent positions in politics?
A: Sarah Brown is a great person, but Labour must never again have a General Election campaign where the wife of the leader is the most prominent women to feature. We need to support more young women to come into politics and give them the backing to occupy senior positions in the future. But we must also work towards making sure that at least half of Labour’s Shadow Cabinet is made up of women MPs
Q: Chartered Management Institute data shows that there is a still a huge gender pay gap and equal pay isn’t likely until 2067. How would you tackle this as leader of the opposition?
A: We have to stand up for fairness at work. It's unfair when women are paid less than men for doing the same work. The best way to tackle this is transparency, which is why we've called for pay audits, and greater responsibility from businesses across Britain
Q: The National Childbirth Trust has found one in three women feels their promotion prospects have been affected by maternity leave. What will you do as leader of the opposition to address this issue?
A: Employers need to be held to their legal responsibilities to give women proper time off , but they also need to understand that it is in businesses' interest not to lose the talent of women in their workforces by disadvantaging them. But we also need to change the culture of workplaces more profoundly - which is why I am in favour of flexible working arrangements to be available to everybody, not just a few
Q: How do you deal with work stress?
A: I don’t have a special technique, but the thing I look forward to most is coming home to see Daniel and Justine
Q: What or who is your biggest inspiration?
A: I suppose that given that my brother and I are both in politics means that our family must have had an influence on us both. I think that the fact that my parents were both refugees from the Nazis made me realise that politics really does matter
Q: Finally, if you had to vote for one of the other leadership candidates?
A: I’ll give my second preference vote to David, who I think will always be a great asset to Labour, whatever role he serves in
More about Ed Miliband at edmiliband.org