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Akul Interviews Top Politicians!

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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Akul questioned the politicians on the economy

Akul questioned David Cameron on the economy

political broadcaster Andrew Neil

He got to meet political broadcaster Andrew Neil

Akul with CBBC presenter Angelica Bell

Akul with CBBC presenter Angelica Bell