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  The MiP files: Parliament goes football crazy!
Updated 10 June 2003, 08.26

Each week, we unlock some of the secrets of the most powerful place in Britain - Parliament.

Our Man in Parliament will have all the latest info every Tuesday!

You can also ask him questions or get him to ID your MP - this week it's the man in charge of your schools! Go to the bottom of the page for how.


What's wrong with footie?

Are star players like Becks paid too much? And what about the small clubs struggling to survive?

How much should we pay for football on TV?

Footie-fan politicians are starting an inquiry into all these things next week.

Supporters from Man Utd to York and Wimbledon are going to report on how they'd like things to change.

Lots of politicians are huge footie fans - so hopefully they'll come up with some good ideas.


Tom, 11, from Portsmouth, asks how much MPs are paid.

Well Tom, the top MP - Tony Blair - gets 119,056 for being prime minister and another 56,358 for being an MP.

Other MPs - those who aren't in charge of government departments like education and health - get 56,358.


Look who got one over on Tony Blair last week!


10-year-old Steven Percy was at the prime minister's home as part of a meeting to encourage kids to play tennis.

Seems Steven was tempted to give Mr Blair a shock.

But in the end he decided against whacking the prime minister with his racquet!


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, Becki, 14, from Norwich gets her MP identified.

Name:
Charles Clarke
Age:
52
Where are you from?
London
Party:
Labour - Mr Clarke is education secretary, the man in charge of your schools!
School nickname:
Big ears

Greatest achievement:
Becoming Secretary of State for Education
Inspiration:
Willy Brandt, who was the social democratic Mayor of Berlin and Chancellor of Germany.
Last movie I saw:
Chicago
Football team:
Norwich City
MP I admire:
David Blunkett - the home secretary in charge of law and order
Were you interested in politics as a child?
Yes
Job before becoming an MP?
Business consultant.
Why does politics matter?
Because it is the means of enabling society to change in a way which is accountable and effective.
What one thing would you change tomorrow?
I would increase the amount of energy generated by sustainable sources and reduce the proportion of journeys made by car

Becki also asks: How did you decide that this is the job that you wanted to do? I was active in politics ever since university, in a variety of different ways, and I increasingly felt that I could be a good member of parliament and effectively pursue the political changes I support.
Is it hard work preparing speeches to persuade people to your side? The main hard work in any speech is to be clear about what I want to say, once that is sorted out everything else is fairly straightforward argument.

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Any comments or questions for our MiP

Send us your details if you'd like us to hunt out your MP! We'll put a new one up each week.
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PicturesPhotos of the top MPs
Find OutHow does Parliament work?

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The MiP files: Bend it like Becks - at school!
The MiP files: How many PCs in your school?
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Hansard Society kids' politics site
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