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Children to interview senior politicians for CBBC General Election special

The Bafta award-winning children's series Election is back for a half-hour General Election 2010 special Election: Your Vote, Thursday April 22 at 4.35pm on BBC One, with children interviewing senior politicians on key issue that matter to their age group.

Election was the ground-breaking children's series that had kids competing in political skills to be the best leader.

In the run up to the General Election, four bright and passionate children (aged 11-13) grill senior politicians from the three biggest political parties – Alan Johnson MP (Labour); David Cameron MP (Conservatives); and Lembit Opik MP (Liberal Democrats) – on how they plan to make Britain a better place for children.

The show is presented by Angellica Bell and the debate chaired by Andrew Neil with the political interviews filmed in front of a live audience of 140 children.

Sharon Osbourne, Julia Bradbury and Evan Davis all have cameo appearances as celebrity mentors.

Each of the four children represent an issue that they feel passionate about. They have all gone on personal journeys to find out more about their issue.

Thirteen-year-old Louis from London has been a victim of an attempted mugging and wants to ask the politicians about knife crime and street safety. Catherine, 11, from Cumbria lives next to a wind farm that she feels spoils the landscape and wants to hear the politician's views about the environment.

Akul, 13, from Bolton believes that government debt is a big problem for society and wants to ask the politicians about the economy. Finally, 13-year-old Megan from Wootton Bassett has experienced her father being away fighting in Afghanistan and wants to talk about the conflict.

At the end of the event the audience of school children vote on which of the four issues they feel is most important to children.

Damian Kavanagh, Controller CBBC, said: "A large part of CBBC's mission is to empower children and in our special election programme we wanted to give the audience a platform to question the politicians about the issues that matter to them."

Notes to Editors

Election: Your Vote will broadcast on BBC One on Thursday April 22, 2010, at 4.35pm and repeated on CBBC, Sunday 25 April, 2010, at 5.15pm.

CBBC won the Children's Channel of the Year Award at the Children's BAFTAs in November 2008 and was named Children's Channel of the Year at the Broadcast Digital Awards in June 2009. Figures show that CBBC is one of the most-loved channels for children, reaching more six- to 12-year-olds than any other children's channel (in digital homes).

PH

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