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Watch The Minister Pushing Through The Coalition's Welfare Reforms Present A Children's TV Show

How times change.

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This is Esther McVey, Conservative MP and the nation's employment minister.

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She's even admitted on ITV's Loose Women that she'd like to be prime minister.

But politics wasn't always her thing. Here she is aged 23 with Simon Parkin and Philippa Forrester, her co-hosts on BBC kids’ show But First This in 1991.

But First This – or BFT, as the cool kids know it – was broadcast on weekday mornings during the summer holidays.

A YouTube clip shows McVey teeing up some classic programmes, including kids' gameshow Clockwise.

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And who could forget the brilliance of Playdays.

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And she seems to have had a lot of fun filming it, by the look of this outtakes clip.

It was McVey's first major job as a TV presenter. Working with screaming kids must have set her up well for the House of Commons.

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Emily Ashton is a senior political correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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