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If I were Prime Minister: I would raise the age limit for cosmetic surgery

Our series in the run-up to the General Election – 100 days, 100 contributors, but no politicians – continues with the model and author

Katie Price
Friday 13 March 2015 11:28 GMT

If I were Prime Minister, the first thing I would do would be to change the law around cosmetic surgery, increasing the age limit from 18 to 21. That may be surprising to many people, but having undergone a few surgeries myself, it is something I passionately believe in.

External pressure on young girls growing up today results in too many turning to surgery at a very young age. Are they having surgery to try and please themselves, or is it to try and please other people? Like all procedures, cosmetic surgery carries risks, and they are risks that you are better equipped to understand at 21.

Before I became a model, I worked in nursing homes as a carer looking after the elderly – there was care, compassion and yes, even naughty banter with some of the old boys still playing their old tricks. But sadly over the last few years, we have seen too many cases of abuse in nursing homes – places that you trust to care and look after your elder relations. In many of these situations, it has taken hidden footage to capture the crimes. I'd like to make it law that cameras are installed in every room so relatives can log on remotely and record everything. Some will say this is an invasion of privacy - I say it's helping protect those who can't protect themselves.

Disability is an issue that is very close to my heart. Those of us who are touched by these very special people every day realise the importance of access to activities that those able take for granted. I travel regularly on the train, both first class and standard, but from my experience the first class aisles are not big enough to cater for wheelchairs or buggies. Regardless of what class you travel, access should be given to all.

For special days out, theme parks are a great release, where families can relax away from the sometimes very difficult days spent within the four walls of your home. It's a time you can share together, but unfortunately I often find myself on the ground with Harvey just waving at other family members as they enjoying themselves, because the rides don't cater for the disabled. I'd like accessibility to be for everyone. I appreciate not all rides can do this, but there should be 25 per cent of rides that allow all family members to experience them together.

Childcare costs are spiralling out of control, to the point where it is more beneficial for a parent not to go to work because it simply doesn't pay. Who in their right mind would go to work for a whole day when their pay just covers the childcare costs? Far too many want to work, but can't afford to. I'd like to see these costs reduced and capped, so those who wish to work can and earn.

I'd like to think the Pricey would be the 'People's Prime Minister', and I'd certainly change the dull dark wood and leather green seating in Parliament for some glitz and glamour!

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