by CLIFF MOGG

PRIZEWINNER Charlotte Jones is preparing for her first celebrity interview.

The Fleet youngster is due to meet Cherie Blair at No 10 Downing Street in July.

Charlotte has been invited to have tea with the Prime Minister's wife after winning a top prize in a national schools' competition.

The 16-year-old Calthorpe Park School pupil was judged to be the top press officer in the mock parliament contest.

She was praised for her success in achieving widespread coverage in local papers and on the radio.

In addition to meeting Mrs Blair, she will receive £50 worth of books and a day's work experience with the Times Educational Supplement.

She will receive her prizes from Michael Martin, House of Commons speaker, during her visit to London.

"I'm really looking forward to meeting Mrs Blair," said Charlotte. "There's also a chance I may meet the Prime Minister if he's not too busy.

"I hope to be a political journalist one day so having a chance to talk to them will be good experience for me."

More than 80 schools entered the competition which was organised, for pupils up to 18 years of age, by the Citizenship Foundation`.

Each school had to organise and video a mock parliamentary session which included Prime Minister's question time.

The 25 Calthorpe Park School entrants staged their session in the Oxford University debating chamber.

Local MP James Arbuthnot helped them prepare for the debate by passing on his knowledge of House of Commons' procedures.