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  The MiP files: Time to get angry?!
Updated 04 March 2003, 10.59

Our Man in Parliament is back on the beat as politicians came back from a short break.

So what's making news in Westminster?

What decisions are politicians making about your life?

Our Man in Parliament has all the latest 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.

Gordon Brown is one of the top men in the government - but he wants you to protest against the government!

I popped along to see a speech by Mr Brown, who looks after the country's cash, at a conference of young people last week.

And boy was he angry.

What's getting on his nerves is the number of kids around the world living in extreme poverty. He reckons it adds up to millions of young people.

Half the children of Africa haven't even got a school to go to!

So Mr Brown says it's time for people to get really angry with politicians and make them do something about it.

He wants to see them forming groups to make the powers-that-be take action.

All the kids I spoke to at the conference were well impressed with the speech and said they'd be starting their own campaigns to get something done.

Mr Brown reckons people power can really change the world - perhaps we should see if he's right?!

Check out this site for some info:

Three cheers for MP Matthew Green, who has added his voice to the campaign to allow kids to vote when they reach the age of 16.

Mr Green has been supported by about 20 other MPs, who are supporting the new Votes at 16 campaign.

Whether you support the idea or not, it's good to see kids issues being raised where it matters!

You can find out more about the campaign at this web site

The big, big talking point at Westminster right now is - well, I bet you can guess.

Yep, it's Iraq and whether there should be a war against its leader, Saddam Hussein.

Tony Blair thinks it's about time we took action over the weapons he says Iraq is producing.

But lots of politicians are very worried - and say they think lots can be achieved without a war.

As you'll have seen, there have been big protests all over the world.

But at least the prime minister is trying to get his message across to everyone.

In fact, this Friday he'll be appearing on MTV to try to explain to young people why he's doing what he's doing.

Will you be tuning in?

Do you know your town like the back of your hand?

Well if not, you'll soon get the chance to get to know every nook and cranny of the place where you live.

The government wants to give every 11-year-old a free map so they can learn about their local area.

Emma, 15, from Cwmbran emailed me to ask what politicians do when they are at Westminster. "I heard you just sit down all day" she says.

Some of them do, Emma - but others work harder than your MiP ever does!

Really Westminster is like lots of other offices - there are some lazy people and some who just never stop working.

By the way, thanks for all your e-mails - I'm trying to keep up with them, I promise!

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, Elaine, 14, from Fife, gets her MP identified.

Rachel Squire
Where are you from?
Wherever my home is - now Fife.
School nickname:
Don't know!
Greatest achievement:
Working for a minimum wage
Martin Luther King (civil rights campaigner in the US)
Last movie I saw:
Die Another Day

Football team:
MP I admire:
Clare Short (international development minister)
Were you interested in politics as a child?
Why does politics matter?
It is about justice and fair play.
What one thing would you change tomorrow?

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