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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 March 2007, 18:10 GMT
Cameron faces 'boyband' quizzing
School reporters

Of all the party leaders interviewed as part of the School Report News Day, David Cameron faced the most diverse array of questions.

Bridie, 12, one of a group of reporters from the Park House School in Berkshire, asked the Tory leader: "If the Conservative Party was to form a boyband, who would be in it?"

She quickly followed that question with: "Who would you rather invite to a dinner party - Tony Blair or Gordon Brown?"

Laughing, Mr Cameron assured his young interrogators that there was no danger of the Conservative Party forming a boy band.

"The shadow cabinet has got lots of talents but there are no wannabe members of Take That sitting around the table, so you're safe."

After a day in Parliament, he said he preferred the company of his wife and children to that of any politician, but conceded: "I think Tony Blair would probably be a bit more fun."

Flights query

Bridie said she asked the questions because politics can sometimes be "a bit boring".

But the Berkshire pupils also tackled Mr Cameron on more serious issues including climate change and youth disaffection with politics.

David Cameron
Mr Cameron faced a grilling over his green credentials

Rhys, 13, pressed Mr Cameron on his environmental credentials, asking why he had recently taken a short flight in the UK despite pledging to adopt greener policies.

Mr Cameron admitted he "had to take a lot of flights" because of his work, but said that he, like everyone else, had to do a lot more to help the environment.

And the Tory leader was vocal on the issue of how to get young people more interested in politics.

"As politicians we should get into schools and go and speak at sixth forms about politics, about history, about Parliament, about why voting matters - and we should try and enthuse people.

"The second thing is to try and address the issues you're interested in and you care about.

"I've tried to make the Conservative Party focus much more on the environment. I think that's an issue young people are interested in and care about, and I think if politicians make sense of these issues then maybe young people would get more interested."

The pupils confessed that waiting for the interview to begin had been "extremely nerve-racking".

But they concluded that Mr Cameron had been "really easy to interview" and had answered all of their questions "really well".




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