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Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Year 8 pupil Akul Pankhania has been down to London to interview
some of the top politicians in the country for a CCBC special
programme on the general election!
Akul made the trip to Westminster to interview Home Secretary
Alan Johnson, Conservative leader David Cameron and Liberal
Democrat MP Lembit Opik for the show, where he had the chance to
grill the politicians on current issues affecting young people in
the UK, and to tell them what should be done! Akul was one of a
panel of four school children asking the questions and each one
chose a different topic: knife crime, the war in Afghanistan, the
environment, and Akul's topic-the economy.
The CBBC programme is called Election and gives children between
the ages of 11 and 14 the chance to ask questions on the running of
the country. It was filmed in front of an audience of over a
hundred school children and will be aired in April on BBC1.
Akul applied for the show after seeing other children on CBBC,
and after passing a telephone interview and a filmed audition he
was chosen to take part in the show. While filming he also got to
meet editor and broadcaster Andrew Neil, presenter of Daily
Politics and This Week, and CBBC presenter Angelica Bell.
Akul said: "My topic to question the politicians on was the
economy, one of the main issues affecting people today following
the recession, and I got to start the questioning by asking Alan
Johnson what Labour are currently doing about it. Getting to do
these interviews was a fantastic experience and I'd love the chance
to do it again!"
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