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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 October, 2004, 11:18 GMT 12:18 UK
21 October 2004
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme chaired by David Dimbleby, is in Oxford on 21 October. He will be joined by Home Office Minister Caroline Flint, former Conservative deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine, broadcaster Sir Clement Freud, human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and writer and journalist Melanie Phillips.

Caroline Flint MP


Title: Home Office Minister

Career: Caroline Flint has accused the Conservatives of spreading "myths" about new EU proposals on crime and immigration laws.

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Following her appointment to the Home Office last year, she admitted having tried cannabis. Despite the revelation, Ms Flint supports the government's view that the drug should remain illegal.

The MP for Don Valley had previously been Peter Hain's parliamentary private secretary, following him from the Foreign Office to the Department of Trade and Industry and back again.

Lord Heseltine


Title: Former Conservative Deputy Prime Minister

Career: Lord Heseltine made his fortune in the publishing industry, before becoming an MP in 1966.

He left the cabinet in 1986 after a row with Margaret Thatcher, over the future of Westland Helicopters. In 1990 he challenged her leadership of the party, prompting her resignation.

He announced his departure from politics in 2000 and published his memoirs entitled "Life in the Jungle", which was a reference to his nickname Tarzan. He became a Life peer in 2001.

Sir Clement Freud


Title: Broadcaster

Career: Clement Freud was a Liberal MP for 14 years and received a knighthood after leaving parliament.

He has been the editor of the cookery section for the Observer. As well as being a writer and gourmet, he was one of the original panellists of BBC Radio 4's Just a Minute.

In 2002, he began a three year term as rector of St Andrews University. He is the grandson of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and brother of artist Lucian Freud.

Peter Tatchell


Title: Human Rights Campaigner

Career: Peter Tatchell is a leading activist in the gay rights movement and one of the founders of the campaign group Outrage.

His spectacular publicity seeking protests have included attempting to make a citizen's arrest of President Mugabe of Zimbabwe and interrupting the Archbishop of Canterbury's Easter sermon.

Peter Tatchell is a vocal opponent of the war in Iraq. He once stood as a Labour candidate in the 1983 Bermondsey by-election but lost the previously safe seat, for which he blamed media smears and bigotry.

Melanie Phillips


Title: Journalist and writer

Career: Melanie Phillips writes a column for the Daily Mail on political and social issues and contributes articles to other journals.

She has strongly criticised Mike Tomlinson's proposed changes to GCSEs and A-Levels saying it could lead to "the destruction of the very concept of examinations"

She describes herself as a "progressive liberal" and questioned the legality of the war in Iraq. In 1996 Ms Phillips was awarded the Orwell Prize for Journalism.

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


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