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  The MiP files: Threat to cod and chips!
Updated 26 November 2002, 09.39

What's Parliament all about?!

To find out, we've recruited a man on the inside to provide us with exclusive info and secret goss every Tuesday.

You can also ask him questions and get him to track down your MP. Go to the bottom of the page for how.

There's nothing your MiP likes more than a big bag of cod and chips - but I might have to switch to another treat.

There's a big shortage of cod in the seas around the UK - and it means fishermen are being told to stop catching as many.

The aim is to allow numbers of cod to build up again.

The problem was debated in parliament last week. Some MPs are worried that people in the fishing industry will lose their jobs because of the restrictions.

But Tony Blair told them it was a serious problem and had to be dealt with.

Timothy, 10, from Hampshire, asked whether the chairs MPs sit on in parliament are comfy.

So I asked a few of them about the green benches. The answer? No, not at all!

A not-so-secret weapon has been drafted in to try to solve the firefighters strike - the Prime Minister!

Whenever the government really gets in a pickle, Tony Blair steps in to try to sort it out.

That's what he's done with the strike, which quite a few of you have asked about.

Patrick, 11, from Warrington wonders why the government has not reached a deal in the dispute.

Rachel, 10, from Runcorn, says the firefighters should be given more money.

Well, the government says the firefighters could get more money - but they must change the way they work.

The prime minister also warns that if all their demands are met, it would cause problems for the economy.

As for the firefighters, they say they have not been offered enough money. And they are not happy about some of the ideas to change their work.

It's a serious situation, both for the country and the government.

Imagine you are checking out the latest vids on MTV - and a politician pops up on the screen.

It could happen. Stations like MTV could be told they have to let MPs on air to ask for support.

Can you imagine? "Coming up, Avril Lavigne - but first, Tony Blair".

Each week our MiP will give you the chance to have your MP identified.

Just send us your name and postcode using the boxes at the bottom and he'll do the rest.

This week, Nicola, 7, from Maidstone, gets her MP identified.

Ann Widdecombe
Where are you from?
I was born in Bath.
School nickname:
Greatest achievement:
Assisting a wrongly convicted prisoner to be released from jail in Morocco.

I was a huge admirer of Winston Churchill.
Last movie I saw:
Lord of The Rings, which I enjoyed.
Football team:
I used to support Maidstone United but sadly they are no longer in existence.
Politician I admire:
William Wilberforce (campaigner in the 1700s and 1800s) because he never gave up in his quest to abolish slavery.
Were you interested in politics as a child?
I have been interested in politics from as far back as I can remember.
Why does politics matter?
Politics affects nearly every aspect of our lives.
What one thing would you change tomorrow?
I would make sure that everybody who needed an operation could get it immediately.


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