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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 November, 2003, 15:22 GMT
This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was in Wolverhampton on Thursday, 27 November. Joining David on the panel were:

Lord Falconer

Title:Constitutional Affairs Secretary

Career: Lord Falconer joined the cabinet soon after Labour came to power in 1997, but was criticised for his handling of the Millennium Dome.

He was promoted to head the new Department of Constitutional Affairs in the June cabinet reshuffle, temporarily taking over the responsibilities of lord chancellor until the ancient post is scrapped.

Lord Falconer is a childhood friend of Prime Minister Tony Blair and they shared a flat in the early days of their legal careers despite having fallen out in their school days over a girlfriend.

Kenneth Clarke MP

Title: Conservative MP for Rushcliffe

Career: Ken Clarke finally abandoned his dream of becoming prime minister by deciding not to stand against Michael Howard for the Tory leadership.

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He has become a focal point for the Tory left, clashing with his party over his support for the European single currency and his opposition to the war in Iraq.

Ken Clarke served in most government departments during 18 years of Conservative rule and was home secretary before serving as chancellor in the final years of John Major's government.

Baroness Walmsley

Title: Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson

Career: Baroness Walmsley backs the full legalisation of drugs and wants anonymity for people accused of sex offences who have not been charged.

She is an ambassador for the NSPCC and has campaigned for a law to ban parents from smacking their children.

Baroness Walmsley celebrated her 60th birthday in April by skydiving from 13,000 feet to raise money for the Breast Cancer Care charity.

Simon Heffer

Title: Journalist

Career: Simon Heffer writes a regular column for the Daily Mail and contributes to the Spectator and other publications.

The euro-sceptic journalist is well known for his right-wing views on capital punishment, the monarchy and family values.

Mr Heffer was recently the first contestant to be voted off a special edition of The Weakest Link.

Bonnie Greer

Title: Playwright and critic

Career: Chicago-born Bonnie Greer has lived in Britain since 1986, working mainly in theatre with women and ethnic minorities.

In a film for the BBC following the September 11 terrorist attacks she vehemently argued against the stereotype of Americans as arrogant and insular.

Ms Greer studied theatre in Chicago with David Mamet and in New York with Elia Kazan. Her plays have won a number of awards and she has also written novels.

BBC One's Question Time is broadcast on Thursday at 2240 GMT.


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