SCHOOLCHILDREN were given the chance to quiz their MP and Treasury minister as part of a community radio broadcast.

Richmond MP Rishi Sunak called in at Leven Online Radio’s base in Hutton Rudby Methodist Church to face questions put by three local schoolchildren.

Bee Williams and Emilia Burns from Hutton Rudby Primary School and Jack Turton from Stokesley Secondary School quizzed Mr Sunak about a range of issues suggested by their peers and from facebook followers of the radio station.

The questions covered climate change, opportunities for young people in the North-East and the North South divide.

Mr Sunak, who is Chief Secretary to the Treasury, answered questions openly and honestly and complemented the young people on their positive attitude and drive for improvement.

Mr Sunak, who in recent weeks has faced the BBC’s most senior political interviewers, including Andrew Marr and Nick Robinson, said: “I was most impressed by the quality of the young people’s questions which covered a lot of ground and some big issues.”

On a lighter note, Mr Sunak talked about his passion for the Star Wars movies who would love to have had a bit part in a one of the films.

The interview is available at