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  The MiP files: Potter fans in parliament!!
Updated 04 February 2003, 14.41

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

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Guess what....politicians love Harry Potter too!

MPs raved about the Potter films as they discussed movies last week.

They want more help for British film-makers, saying successful films can bring in millions of pounds and jobs.

Many films - including Harry Potter - are filmed in the UK but made by American companies.

In fact, Hollywood spent about 270 million in Britain last year!

The politicians want the government to come up with more ways of helping UK film-makers, like better training for young people who want to make it big in movies.

They also think scenes filmed in the UK can also boost tourism.

I reckon they've got a point - just think about all those people trying to find platform nine and three quarters at King's Cross railway station in London!

They debate all sorts of things in parliament - like whether pigs should be given footballs to play with!

Yep, I'm not kidding, that's on the agenda next week.

Pigs sitting around all day in their sties need things to play with, the government says.

Farmers could give them straw and things like that.

But the law would also allow them to hand the pigs plastic footballs instead!

I've had loads of messages delivered to my secret headquarters about the idea I told you about last week - lessons in things like disco dancing.

"Great idea," says Emma from Tonbridge. Class 6f from Beeston think it's a "brilliant" plan, as does Dani, 14, from Gloucestershire.

Jenny, 14, from Hinckley, writes: "A lot of people hate PE, but they might like other sports that you don't do at school."

And Kim, 15, from Bristol says: "You should let us do cheerleading and less boys stuff like basketball, rugby."

How about this from Emma, 11, from Milton Keynes: "I just want to say that I think dancing and roller-blading is SOO much better than normal PE stuff like running around the field three times!"

Thanks for all your comments - I'll pass them to the people who make the decisions!!

There was a new face in Parliament last week - David Blunkett's new guide dog.

Mr Blunkett, who is in charge of things like the police and security, introduced two-year-old Sadie to MPs.

His previous dog, Lucy, who is 10 - that's 70 in dog years - is retiring after many years of loyal service.

But Mr Blunkett was sorry to see her go: "It's one of those moments where the hard man feels soft," he said.

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, Fifi, 11, from Sudbury gets her MP identified.

Tim Yeo
Where are you from?
East Bergholt.
School nickname:
None that I can remember.

Greatest achievement:
Speaking out for the farmers during the foot and mouth epidemic
Last movie I saw:
Harry Potter
Football team:
Ipswich Town.
MP I admire:
Winston Churchill.
Were you interested in politics as a child?
Why does politics matter?
Because it affects all our lives.
What one thing would you change tomorrow?
Make everyone care more about the environment.


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