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  The MiP files: Targeting the litter louts!
Updated 13 May 2003, 14.10

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

Our Man in Parliament is back after the Easter break, and 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.

Politicians talk about everything under the sun!

Last week they questioned bosses from fast-food firms and those which make chewing gum.

They are worried about burger wrappers and chewing gum littering the streets.

But the bosses reckoned they are doing loads to get rid of the problem - including making chewing gum less sticky!

Every day, your MiP receives hundreds of bits of paper about what politicians are doing.

Most of the time, they are trying to show what a good job they are doing - and how terrible their opponents are.

But someone in the government needs to go back to school after this headline on one of these announcements.


No prizes for spotting the bad spelling!

Anyone out there from Beecroft Lower School in Dunstable?

If so, your school was mentioned in parliament last week.

Your MP, Andrew Selous, has handed in a petition signed by 300 people about parking and dangerous driving outside the school.

"It is a danger to the children, and parents and staff at the school are very concerned about it," 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, Thomas, from Handforth gets his MP identified.

George Osborne
Where are you from?
I was born in London, but I now also live in Cheshire
School nickname:
I didn't really have one, although some of my friends called me Ozzy

Greatest achievement:
I can't think of a 'greatest'. I'm proud of some of the battles I've fought on behalf of my constituents on issues like aircraft noise, train services and policing.
My parents

Last movie I saw:
The new Lord of the Rings.
Football team:
Chelsea - but don't tell the Manchester United players who live in my constituency!
MP I admire:
Although I don't agree with him on lots of things, I admire the way David Blunkett has overcome his blindness to become one of the most important and interesting politicians around today.
Were you interested in politics as a child?
Not really. I wanted to be a journalist when I was a teenager.
Job before becoming an MP?
I was a speech-writer.
Why does politics matter?
Politics matters because, in a democracy like ours, it is the way you have a say over the decisions that affect your life.
What one thing would you change tomorrow?
I would transform the schools system so that any child, wherever they were born and whatever their background, would have the chance to receive the very best education and all the opportunities in life that brings.

Thomas also asks: We need a new skatepark. We have been asking for areas to be improved for a long time. A lot of people would benefit from this because a lot of people like skate parks, but ours has been wrecked by older generations. Any views? I know that there is a problem with the skatepark. I have written to the local council to see what can be done to make it better, so that you and your friends have somewhere nice to play. BORDER=0

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