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Whitechapel girl, 7, promises ‘money machine for the poor’ if she were Prime Minister

PUBLISHED: 16:54 15 May 2015 | UPDATED: 16:54 15 May 2015

Your candidates for Downing Street... Tahiyah Ahmed, 7, and Amy Mat, 17 with their certificates

Your candidates for Downing Street... Tahiyah Ahmed, 7, and Amy Mat, 17 with their certificates

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The new Conservative government is barely in office a week with its first legislative programme when schoolchildren in London’s deprived East End have come up with their own manifestos if they were in 10 Downing Street.

The youngsters took part in a video competition yesterday—just seven days after the General Election—called “If I were Prime Minister…”

Tahiyah Ahmed is a seven-year-old from Whitechapel’s Osmani Primary who is far too young to even vote—but has her finger on the nation’s pulse and is set to take on Cameron’s job if he ever steps down.

“I would make a big money-making machine, so poor people can have money,” she pledged. “I want everybody to have jobs.”

Tahiyah responded when questioned later about her ambitions: “I really want to be an author—but I think being Prime Minister is a very important job.”

She was presented with a certificate after topping her age-group in the judges’ votes.

A candidate from George Green’s Secondary on the Isle of Dogs, 17-year-old Amy Mat, was first past the post in the seniors’ category.

She promised the nation: “I would ensure all schoolchildren from the age of seven are provided with music lessons and as many transferable skills are required for it.”

Amy explains how learning a musical instrument encompasses many of the ‘employability’ skills that firms look for in school-leavers.

The two “rivals” for Downing Street were each declared “coalition” winners by the judges when the contesting pupils showed their videos which had to be supported by written manifestos.

The competition set up by Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership was open to all schools in the East End which take part in its mentoring schemes, where pupils are matched with people from the world of commerce who support their literacy, numeracy and IT skills or give help with career advice or study motivation.

Tower Hamlets Partnership’s Helen Sanson said: “Skills needed for this competition many adults don’t have. There are some exceptional young people in Tower Hamlets.”

The mentors helped the young contestants by recording their video entries which were judged at Talbot insurance firm in the City where the winning manifestos were screened—even though the General Election polls closed a week before.


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