Why I want to go into politics, by TV's Carol.
TOP TV presenter Carol Vorderman wants to enter politics - but not as an MP.
The former Rhyl schoolgirl, who is 41 today, has already become involved in several high-profile campaigns and is keen to use her image to help tackle family and educational problems.
The millionaire presenter, who first made her name as the human calculator on Countdown, on which she still appears after 20 years, is among Britain's most popular stars, appearing regularly on shows such as Better Homes and Stars in Their Lives.
The mother-of-two young children has no plans to slow down and sees her 40s as a springboard for more activities, while keeping up her TV work.
"I'd like to do more in politics, " she said.
She stressed, however, that she was not interested in party politics, preferring to concentrate on social problems.
For the past two years, she has been involved in a campaign to stop paedophiles gaining access to children through internet chatrooms. A Home Office task force has been set up to try to make internet companies more liable for safeguards.
Her appearance on Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire also led to pounds 1m being contributed to one of her favourite charities, Express Link Up, which provides computers to hospitals so long-term sick children can use them for homework and keeping in touch with friends.
"I'm a realist, not a triumphalist, " she said. "I know because I am a famous face that I can be a mouthpiece for charities and make a difference. I have contacts and my voice can be heard quickly."
Carol, who was the first pupil of the Blessed Edward Jones High School, Rhyl, to go to Cambridge University, also revealed she would love to present a chat show on the lines of This Morning with her fellow Countdown presenter Richard Whiteley.
"It has been mentioned. I would never want to do it full-time because we couldn't do Countdown, but I'd love to do it for a week, " she said.
She got the job as Countdown's human calculator after her mother, Jean, applied on her behalf.
CAMPAIGNER: Countdown's Carol Vorderman
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Dec 24, 2001|
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