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Youngsters' campaign targets MP.

TWO teenagers have met the government MP responsible for the national curriculum as part of their campaign to get youngsters more politically aware.

Budding politicians Diane Johnson and Ben Wesson -both members of Warwickshire Youth Parliament - met the parliamentary under secretary for schools to discuss their Value the Vote campaign.

They hope to make politics and citizenship a compulsory element of the curriculum and have been supported by Warwick and Leamington MP James Plaskitt, who submitted the question in the House of Commons this week.

MP Diana Johnson said she would look in to the issue and examine elements of politics that already feature in the curriculum.

North Leamington School sixth former Ben, 17, said: "What we need to do is strip politics to the bare bones and equip young people to be able to make decisions in future around many significant areas, to be stronger owners of their own destiny."

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MEETING: Victoria Fowler and Ben Wesson with Diana Johnson MP (centre), undersecretary of state for schools
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Date:Jan 23, 2010
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