A South Yorkshire schoolgirl has visited 10 Downing Street to ask the Prime Minister his plans for the north in the future.
Isabelle Hall, aged 10, won the chance to travel to London to speak to David Cameron in a competition run by youth newspaper First News.
The St Bede’s Catholic Primary school pupil asked him about his vision for the north of England in 10 years’ time.
The Rotherham youngster said: “I found out I had won the competition last week so I didn’t have long to wait for the trip.
“I was really excited when I found out I had won, I went home screaming.
“My exact words to David Cameron were, ‘In 10 years’ time, I will be part way through university looking for a good job in the north of England, so what is your plan for the north of England in that time?’
“His response was very long, but the main thing he said was he would balance funding between Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield.
“I was really excited to meet the Prime Minister and a little bit nervous. His house is massive, it’s a lot bigger than I expected. We also had time to visit the House of Commons, which was really fun, but that was smaller than I expected.
“We also saw George Osborne. He didn’t really say anything because he was in a rush but he did stop for a photo with us.”
Isabelle was accompanied on her trip on Wednesday by mum Claire Hall, headteacher Amanda Wassell and IT teacher Gavin Sharp.
Mr Sharp said there was a lot of excitement in the school, on Wortley Road, following the trip.
He said: “Isabelle is buzzing, we all are. Going to London was an absolute delight. We’d been told that the Prime Minsiter would only be able to spend about 15 minutes with us, but when we got to Downing Street he was with us for about 45 minutes.
“Isabelle was able to ask him her question and he gave her a good answer.
“He also asked her what she wanted to do in the future. She said she wanted to be a teacher and he said he was going to track it and he wanted her to honour that. It was a brilliant day.”
Isabelle was one of 10 10-year-olds to win the contest, which marked the 10th birthday of First News.
Each entrant had sent a video to the newspaper – which is aimed at seven to 14 year olds – explaining what they would ask.