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Image caption Which political heavyweight said that she wished to bounce around on a trampoline – naked?

Politicians are busy people. When they’re not running the country or their party, they’re trying to persuade the public to vote for them. But they likewise have households, hobbies and fervours. So, when they do get a bit of spare time, what exactly do the party leaders do with it?

Leisure time

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Image caption Theresa May often heads to the hills with her husband Philip

Prime Minister Theresa May likes to stretch her legs up and down hills and mountains, saying she decided to call the current election while strolling in the Welsh mountains.

Mrs May has also said she and her husband Philip enjoy “quite strenuous strolling up mountains in Switzerland” . It may be worth remembering that the prime minister investigated Geography at Oxford University.

And while it’s not exactly a hobby, she’s also known for her enjoy of shopping for shoes .~ ATAGEND

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has an interest in the design and history of manhole encompass – a hobby which he himself has described as “zany” .

“My mother always said there’s history in drain encompass. I take pictures of them. People think it’s a little odd, but there we are.”

He likewise likes to visit Cambridge. “One of my secret pleasure is to get a develop up and ride around for the day.” He couldn’t drive there, because he doesn’t own a automobile, which perhaps goes some way to explain his interest in trains.

He’s likewise very keen on developing his own veg .~ ATAGEND “I always make time for my quotum. You like a dry summer because the weeds don’t grow.”

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Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron is fascinated by space, mentioning : “I adoration the Apollo programme … the immense dangers “thats been” taken”. He likewise likes fell running and strolling in the Lake District .~ ATAGEND

When it comes to relaxing, you’ll often find the UK Independence Party( UKIP) leader Paul Nuttall in a drunkard – he describes himself as a “pub person” ,~ ATAGEND with Guinness his tipple of choice.

Co-leader of the Green Party, Caroline Lucas, “loves nothing more than strolling on the Sussex Downs” with her family.

This strolling topic among a few politicians raises the tantalising prospect of the Tories, Lib Dems and Greens having an impromptu Parliamentary debate out on a wind-swept mound somewhere.

Image caption The UK’s political leaders have a varied scope of personal interests

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister and leader of the Scottish National Party( SNP ), mentions her favourite travel destinations are Skye and Portugal.

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams’s favourite past-time is bouncing around on a trampoline while naked. And often with his dog, who apparently can do back flips.

Mr Adams says he too can do tricks on the trampoline, but has declined to “discuss it publicly”.

The Democratic Unionist Party’s( DUP) Arelene Foster has previously been a Girl Guide leader.

Screen time

Jeremy Corbyn’s favourite cinemas are said to be Casablanca and The Great Gatsby – although which version of the latter is unclear, given there have been four cinema versions spanning a interval from 1926 to 2013.

Nicola Sturgeon is a fan of Borgen, the Danish political drama about a woman who rises to become prime minister while having to maintain a fragile alliance.

She’d most like to get stuck in a raising with performer George Clooney, because he’s “really interesting”. The SNP leader likewise likes Tv sing tournaments, being a fan of The X Factor and The Voice, while Arlene Foster is an EastEnders fan.

Tim Farron likewise watches The X Factor ,~ ATAGEND with his children.

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A university friend of Theresa May’s has said they both loved watching comedy sketch prove The Goodies.

And Mrs May recently revealed she watches both Sherlock and Midsomer Murders, but not Broadchurch or Line of Duty.

If Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood invests any time in front of the Tv, it’s usually watching political programmes, such as Newsnight and Question Time. She also says the programme of activities Valleys Rebellion by performer Michael Sheen, about political disenchantment in Wales, has made her cry.

Political harmonies

Tim Farron invests his spare time “watching music on YouTube” ,~ ATAGEND a legacy from the working day when he fronted a New Romantic band called The Voyeurs in 1980 s. At least, it was called that until they realised what it intended. Then they changed it to Fred the Girl.

The Lib Dem leader said the band, which had a recording conference with Island Records, were described as a “fourth rate New Order – which I’m very proud of”.

And Mr Farron still hasn’t quite threw his warbling periods behind him, because his karaoke sung of choice is the Waterboy’s The Whole of the Moon and he’s been known to be an enthusiastic vocalist at the Glee Club.

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Image caption “I determined the crescent, you determined the whole of the moon…”

Jonathan Bartley, the co-leader of the Green Party, invests his free time giggingwith his band, the Mustangs. He’s pretty good too, as he was nominated for Blues Drummer of the Time at the British Blues Awards in 2010.

His political collaborator Caroline Lucas cites Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond as her karaoke sung of choice.

Arlene Foster also enjoys music and has sung at weddings .~ ATAGEND

Among those who just like to listen, Welsh pop band Catatonia are the favourite band of Leanne Wood.

In 2014, Theresa May’s pickings were Abba’s Dancing Queen and Walk Like A Man – from the musical Jersey Boys – alongside Mozart and Elgar.

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has revealed musical tastes that range from Joni Mitchell to Leonard Cohen to Luke Kelly on his Twitter feed . Nicola Sturgeon has expressed appreciation for the Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit.

Novel ideas

Theresa May once told Desert Island Discs that a lifetime subscription to Vogue would be her luxury item on a desert island. Mrs May has also said that The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a “very, very cleverly written book and a very well-written book, and that it brings home is the absolute horror of the Holocaust”.

And she recently revealed she has read all of the Harry Potter volumes,although she declined to answer a query as to which of the characters she was most like.

Jeremy Corbyn likes reading the works of Irish poet WB Yeats ,~ ATAGEND while his favourite novelist is said to be the late Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe. A fluent Spanish talker, the Labour leader likewise enjoys Latin American literature.

Image caption Arelene Foster( left) and Jonathan Bartley both enjoy music, while Caroline Lucas( right) desires animals

Caroline Lucas mentions she joined the Green Party in 1986 after being “utterly inspired” by Jonathon Porritt’s book Seeing Green.

She’s also mentioned reading The Secret Intensity of Daily life, by William Nicholson, which she described as “an incredibly compassionate novel”.

Leanne Wood’s politics are said to have been inspired by the novel Woman on the Edge of Time, a 1976 tale by Marge Piercy that’s considered a feminist classic. It tells the story of a working class Mexican-American woman living in a bumpy field of New York. Ms Wood has said reading it was “as though someone had removed a blindfold”.

Nicola Sturgeon epithets Sunset Song, a tale of a young woman’s struggles growing up in a dysfunctional family in a farming community in Scotland, are presented in 1932, as her favourite book of all time.

She also says James Kelman is one of her favourite writers, and suggested on Twitter that people should read his book Dirt Road.

Furry friends

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Image caption El Gato has not revealed his thoughts on the Labour manifesto

Jeremy Corbyn currently owns a cat called El Gato – which is Spanish for “the cat”. He has described his pet as perhaps being “a bit of a Tory” because of its “disappointing individualism and deficiency of fear for others”. Times ago, when married to his second spouse, he owned a cat called Harold Wilson.

Nicola Sturgeon is afraid of dogs ,~ ATAGEND and had to be coaxed into holding a cute little puppy during a visit to an animal charity.

No such dreads for Gerry Adams, who has owned dogs since he was four or five years. He likewise likes hanging out with his grandchildren’s dogs, and often goes hill strolling with them.

Caroline Lucas has formalised her enjoy of animals by becoming a vice-president of the RSPCA . She and her family likewise own a chocolate Labrador called Harry.

On the menu

During her later student times, Leanne Wood took a series of mill occupations, and one stands out in particular.

“At Ferrero Rocher in the early 1990 s you were allowed to eat as many chocolates as you liked. It voiced like a dream job. I can’t look at them now though because I ate too many. I had so many on the first day that after day three I couldn’t stand them any more.”

But she is partial to a Sunday roast,which is “without question” her favourite banquet, as well as her “guilty pleasure”.

Theresa May owns 100 recipe volumes and never buys takeaways. But she has described a bowl of crispy chips as her own “guilty pleasure”.

She’ll take a nip of whiskey or glass of wine, but didn’t express a predilection of one over the other, saying it “depends on the circumstances”.

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Jeremy Corbyn became a vegetarian at 20 after working on a pig farm and isn’t keen on alcohol.

Asked what his favourite biscuit was during a Mumsnet Q& A ,~ ATAGEND he replied: “I’m entirely anti-sugar on health grounds, so eat very few cookies, but if forced to accept one, it’s always a pleasure to have a shortbread.”

One of his favourite places to eat is Gaby’s Deli in London’s West End.

It’s been reported that he desires constructing jam with fruit grown on his allotment, and once belonged to an All Party Parliamentary Group for Cheese.

But his second spouse, Jane Chapman, has said Mr Corbyn never once took her out for dinner during the course of its five years together, preferring instead to “grab a can of beans and eat it straight-out from the can” to save time.

Tim Farron likes curry but is a vegetarian, and his strict eating habits have led some of his colleagues to describe his campaign trail as a “rubber tofu circuit”.

Caroline Lucas is also a vegetarian, while Nicola Sturgeon’s takeaway of choice is Indian.

Paul Nuttall is a fan of “proper milk”.

“Forget your Earth mother, lentil-loving, leftie alternatives like soya and almond milk. Dedicate me the real stuff. I drink milk with virtually every banquet and have done since I was a kid, ” he said.

A question of sport

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Jeremy Corbyn is a fan of running, cycling, cricket and Arsenal football club .~ ATAGEND

Gerry Adams assistances Antrim Gaelic football club ,~ ATAGEND where his son Gearoid is one of the managers.

Arelene Foster is said to be at home in a rugby club.

Theresa May is a big fan of cricket ,~ ATAGEND including Geoffrey Boycott and the West Indian fast bowler Tony Gray among her heroes. And she recently said she preferred rugby over football.

Tim Farron, a fan of the football team Blackburn Rovers, is also a keen player of the Beautiful Game himself.

Paul Nuttall played for Tranmere Rovers as a school boy and a youth team player. In 2016, he said he had “never claimed he was a professional player” .~ ATAGEND

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