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  MiP files: The woman fighting for your rights!
Updated 17 June 2003, 09.00

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. Go to the bottom of the page for how.


You have had a big victory...

Tony Blair has finally agreed to appoint a minister to speak up for children!

The woman given the job is Margaret Hodge.

It follows a campaign for kids to be given a voice in government.

So this week, I've tracked down Mrs Hodge and asked her to take part in our MiP questionnaire... your chance to find out more about the woman fighting for your rights!

Name:
Margaret Hodge
Age:
58
Where are you from?
I was born in Alexandria in Egypt and came to England when I was four
Party:
Labour
School nickname:
Moppett!

Greatest achievement:
In local politics getting the biggest housing programme in the country off the ground. In national politics, working to make sure that every 3 and 4 year old could get a place in a good nursery.
Inspiration: Nelson Mandela
Last movie I saw:
Chicago
Football team:
Arsenal
MP I admire:
David Blunkett, the home secretary
Were you interested in politics as a child?
Yes
Job before becoming an MP?
Mother
Why does politics matter?
If you want to make the world a better place you need to make the best decisions you can in politics.
What one thing would you change tomorrow?
I'd like to get rid of child poverty throughout the world.


Fancy e-mailing the prime minister?


Well you can't!

Unlike most world leaders, Tony Blair still hasn't got an e-mail address for voters to use.

And his opponents reckon it's about time he sorted that out.


Part of being a politician is asking a lot of questions.

Guess how many "written questions" were handed over last year...72,905!

But answering them is an expensive business... officials have to look up info and prepare it all.

Which is why it cost an amazing 9.8 million to answer all those questions.


Check out this new website launched for kids by the government... http://www.headsup.org.uk/login.php

And let me know what you think of it!


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.

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Want to know who your MP is?

Got a question for our Man in Parliament?

Send stuff to him using this form!

Your first name

Your age

Your town

Your postcode

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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Past StoriesBORDER=0
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The MiP files: The man in charge of the money
The MiP files: Bend it like Becks - at school!
The MiP files: How many PCs in your school?

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Web Links
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Hansard Society kids' politics site
UK Parliament site for kids
Note: You will leave CBBC. We are not responsible for other websites.

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