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  The MiP files: Lessons in disco dancing!?!?!
Updated 28 January 2003, 08.42

Our Man in Parliament is on the case again in Westminster, digging up the stories that matter to you.

Check out his 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.

Imagine being at a school where you have lessons in roller-blading or disco-dancing!

Or where you could do weights or use a treadmill instead of playing footie!

That's the idea of a politician, Howard Stoate, who's worried about kids getting overweight.

He is concerned that children are not getting enough exercise and are eating too much junk food.

So he says schools should give kids more choices when it comes to PE.

"If young people would prefer disco-dancing or roller-blading, why not let them do that?", he asked in Parliament last week.

He also says kids need more - and better - play areas.

Mr Stoate's worry is that if you eat too much junk food now and don't do enough exercise, you will have health problems in the future.

What do you think of his ideas? Let me know!

Lots of you have e-mailed to ask if there is going to be a war with Iraq.

No-one can say for certain - and there is still time to reach an agreement to avoid it.

But a conflict does seem likely, to be honest.

The government is worried about weapons which it believes the Iraq dictator, Saddam Hussein, may be hiding.

It wants Saddam to be up-front about what weapons he has.

But lots of politicians here, and lots of people in the UK as a whole, are against any war.

They say there is no reason to attack Iraq.

The next few weeks will be crucial.

Gordon Brown, who's in charge of the UK's money, has announced a new plan to try to improve life for the world's poorest children.

He wants the world to come up with a way of doubling the money spent on aid to such people to 60 BILLION .

Millions of youngsters around the world survive on just 60 pence a day.

Let's hope Mr Brown's idea gets some support from other countries.

Top chef Jamie Oliver was in Downing Street the other day - doing what he does best: cooking!

Jamie is the latest celebrity cook to make a meal for Tony Blair and another world leader.

So he brought in all the young chefs from his new restaurant to cook for Mr Blair and Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern.

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, Andrew, 12, from Dumfries gets his MP identified.

Russell Brown
Where are you from?
I am from Annan, where I was born and brought up
School nickname:

Greatest achievement:
Being elected in 1997 to represent Dumfries.
The people that I represent are my biggest inspiration.
Last movie I saw:
Sweet Sixteen
Football team:
Queen of the South
MP I admire:
Gordon Brown, the chancellor.
Were you interested in politics as a child?
Not really.
Why does politics matter?
Politics can shape and alter peoples' lives, hopefully for the better.
What one thing would you change tomorrow?
I would wish to rid our streets of the scourge of drugs and offer hope to the many young people who have become trapped in the downward spiral of substance abuse.
Andrew also asked: What does my MP do, now there is a Scottish Parliament?:
Only certain powers were handed to the Scottish Parliament and it is important that the those matters still handled at Westminster are properly dealt with in London.


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