A nine-year-old girl from Harpenden has told an MP that she will be the future Prime Minister while speaking on national radio.

Olive Biggin-Lamming appeared on BBC Radio Four's Any Questions? show on Saturday (July 1).

A panel of guests - including government minister Maria Caulfield MP, economics editor at The Spectator Kate Andrews and Dr Latifa Patel - listened to Olive as she told the nation that she would one day reside at 10 Downing Street.


Olive asked the panel: "If the Government supports the NHS, why isn’t it paying its workers more?"

According to the London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust, this "proved a timely question", with junior doctors set to strike over pay conditions.

Presenter Alex Forsyth responded: "I think I am right in saying you have a reason why you asked this particular question?"

This prompted Olive to explain: "I want to be a nurse and then go into politics and become Prime Minister."

Herts Advertiser: Nine-year-old Olive, from Harpenden.Nine-year-old Olive, from Harpenden. (Image: London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust)

The nine-year-old is a pupil at St Hilda's School oin Douglas Road, Harpenden.

The school's motto reads "Caring, Curious and Confident".

While Olive's desire to become a nurse would indicate a caring nature, her willingness to become Prime Minister certainly demonstrates confidence.

In front of a live audience at Harrow's Northwick Park Hospital, the radio show's presenter replied: "Well, you heard her here first and you’ve appeared on your first political debate show, so you aren’t off to a bad start!"

Maria Caulfield MP - who works as a part-time nurse, despite her ministerial duties in the Department of Health and Social Care - said: "I would encourage Olive to go into nursing and politics.


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"It is what I did when I left school, and first got involved in politics to save my local hospital.

"We need more nurses and we need more politicians with real life experience.

"I think that would make a tremendous difference.”

Dr Latifa Patel added: “Excellent question and I have no doubt you will go very far.”

The episode featuring Olive and the rest of the panel, can be heard via the BBC's website at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes