Number 10 opens its doors to young visitors

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The House of Commons might have been inundated with the fresh faces of new, young MPs after Labour's election victory, but an even more youthful batch of junior movers and shakers is set to move in to Whitehall in the next few weeks.

Cherie Blair is to open the doors of Number 10 Downing Street to a group of disabled children a week on Saturday. They will be treated to a tour around the house and make use of Downing Street's allocation of tickets for the Trooping of the Colour, the annual display on Horse Guards Parade to mark the Queen's birthday.

A second group of children - from the Kids' Club Network, a movement of after-school clubs for children - are due to arrive for their guided tour of the house and gardens on Budget day on 2 July.

The open house arrangement has been organised by Cherie Blair who is a keen supporter of the Kids' Club Network. The network offers beneficial after-school activities for thousands of children of working parents to give them something to do until their parents get home.

The children probably know the famous front door of the building, but will now get a chance to see beyond it.

Mrs Blair believes the treasures of Downing Street should be admired by a wider audience.

She is reported to have decided soon after moving in to Downing Street following her husband's election victory to offer open days for people from all walks of life.

Downing Street said last night the date for the second visit had been arranged before the Budget date was set and the fact that they had landed on the same day was pure coincidence.

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