Is this girl a future Prime Minister?

Ailish Brown
Ailish Brown

A GIRL of 15 is one of the first to have taken part in a new initiative by BBC Radio 1.

Ailish Brown, of Boxwell Road, Berkhamsted, was one of just 30 youngsters nationwide invited to the station’s first Big Conversation outside City Hall in London.

They were split up and had to debate topics they picked from an envelope.

They teamed up with people like Jamal Edwards, owner of youth broadcasting company SB.TV, Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes and children’s minister Tim Loughton.

Ailish said: “It was fascinating to hear people like Jamal Edwards, who had started from nothing and built really big business empires for himself.”

The event was staged by Radio 1 on Tuesday, September 13, and Ashlyns School student Ailish, pictured left, was interviewed for its Newsbeat programme.

Live Twitter updates encouraged people across the country to take part in the discussion.

But Ailish, a deputy member of the Youth Parliament, was not worried about what she would sound like on the radio.

She said: “I just wanted to make sure I did a good job for people in my constituency.”

The politics whiz will also be taking part in a young persons’ debating day at the House of Commons, hosted by its speaker John Bercow on Friday, November 4.

What’s next? Is she a future Prime Minister in the making?

Modest Ailish said: “I would love to be Prime Minister. I set my goals high. But I do not think I will be able to.”