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How to be an MP and stay true


It’s mid-afternoon on a sunny day in the north west of England, and a day unlike any other I’ve experienced in politics. I’m in the passenger seat of a car driven by Cat Smith, the 33-year-old MP for Lancaster & Fleetwood. A dynamic and vocal politician on the issues of poverty and social mobility, since 2016 she’s been the shadow cabinet minister for voter engagement and youth affairs. I joined Cat for a couple of days to see her work as an MP in a constituency with diverse challenges.

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