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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Contact Emily Ashton at emily.ashton@buzzfeed.com.

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