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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 December, 2003, 17:18 GMT
This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was in Leeds on 11 December. The panel joining him for the interactive debate were Charles Clarke MP, David Davis MP, Baroness Greenfield, Henry Blofeld and Barry Norman.

Charles Clarke MP

Title: Education Secretary

Career: Charles Clarke has been one of the main driving forces behind the controversial university top-up fees proposal and is currently trying to win over Labour rebels.

He took over as education secretary from the embattled Estelle Morris in October 2002 after a series of crises, including the marking of A and AS level exams, had rocked the department.

Mr Clarke recently said teachers who demanded an end to school tests for seven and 11-year-olds were "living in Alice in Wonderland."

David Davis MP

Title: Shadow Home Secretary

Career: David Davis announced his promotion in the shadow cabinet last month by backing a return of the death penalty for some murderers.

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He stood aside from this year's Tory leadership contest and backed Michael Howard, but stood as a "dark horse" candidate in 2001 offering a right-wing agenda.

The eurosceptic Mr Davis was given the nickname "Monsieur Non" when he was minister for Europe from 1994-7.

Baroness Greenfield

Title: Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain

Career: Baroness Susan Greenfield is one of the most prominent scientists in the UK and presented a BBC TV series on the brain and mind two years ago.

Last year she spoke out against institutionalised sexism within the scientific establishment and called for the government to do more to help women scientists find jobs.

Baroness Greenfield is an honorary fellow at Oxford University and received the Royal Society's Michael Faraday Medal for contribution to the public understanding of science in 1998.

Henry Blofeld

Title: Cricket commentator and writer

Career: Henry Blofeld has been a fixture on BBC Radio 4's Test Match Special cricket commentary team for more than 30 years.

James Bond author Ian Fleming named his infamous villain, Blofeld, after Henry's father.

Henry Blofeld, who also writes newspaper columns, was awarded the OBE in the 2003 New Year's Honours List for his services to broadcasting.

Barry Norman

Title: Film critic

Career: Barry Norman was the face of the BBC's movie critic series "Film" from its conception in 1972 until 1998 when he moved to Sky.

The prominent Liberal Democrat supporter was a journalist on the Daily Mail for 15 years, becoming show business correspondent, before joining the BBC.

He was awarded the CBE in 1998 but stepped down from TV presenting three years later, complaining that he did not enjoy movies as much as he used to.

BBC One's Question Time is broadcast on Thursdays at 2235 GMT.


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