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Six-year-old politics expert Zak thrilled by letter from Prime Minister

Les Reid 9th Jul, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

SIX-YEAR-OLD Zak Hughes’s unlikely interest in politics has been sealed – with a letter from the Prime Minister.

His Coventry school headteacher was so impressed with his knowledge during the election she decided to write to David Cameron to tell him.

A letter, signed by the PM, came back thanking him for his knowledge and interest.

Even though the PM had assumed the six-year-old was supporting the Tory party, Zak and his family were delighted to receive the letter.

Mum Louise Hughes said: “He’s now started asking me about the European Referendum, and the G7 meeting. He even knew Angela Merkel’s name!

“He’s desperate to go to the Houses of Parliament now.

“My other two boys James and Matthew aged 8 and 10 are more into football!

Zak had told Allison Underhill, head at St Andrew’s C of E Infant School, Eastern Green, Coventry, all he knew about the election, the parties, leaders and policies.

Mum recalled:  “I didn’t think any more of it after the headteacher approached me and asked if I minded her writing to the Prime Minister, until he came home with the letter.

“I’m interested in politics and watch it on the TV, and he sees it on the News. But he found out off his own back about the parties and what they believe in.

“I’m not a member of the Conservative party and my politics are private to me.

“The Prime Minister in his letter assumed we were Tory voters, but it didn’t matter. Zak’s so proud of the letter.

“Zak’s headteacher was so amazed by what he knew.”

The letter to “Master Zak Hughes” states: “It is fantastic that you got involved in the recent general election campaign and I am incredibly grateful for all your hard work and support for our party.

“Thank you, once again, for your valued support. This comes with my very best wishes to you, and your whole family, for the future.”

Zak also met Coventry Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson before the election when they were canvassing.

His mum said Mr Robinson has also been impressed by Zak’s knowledge.

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