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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 September 2005, 14:28 GMT 15:28 UK
This week's panel
A new series of Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme, began on Thursday, 22 September, with a programme from Blackpool.

David Dimbleby was joined for the interactive debate by David Miliband MP, Theresa May MP, David Laws MP, the journalist Quentin Letts and the playwright Bonnie Greer.

David Miliband MP

Title: Communities and Local Government Minister

Career: David Miliband was promoted to the cabinet following the election.

Responsible for local government issues, he announced this week that plans for council tax revaluation have been shelved.

Elected to parliament in 2001, he previously headed Mr Blair's policy unit while Labour was in opposition. His brother Ed Miliband is also an MP.

Theresa May MP

Title: Shadow Culture Secretary

Career: Already Shadow Secretary of State for the family, Theresa May was given the additional job of shadowing Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell in Michael Howard's post-general election reshuffle.

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A potential Conservative leadership contender, she became the first woman chairman of the party in 2002.

Mrs May famously said in a conference speech that it was time for the Tories to face up to the uncomfortable truth that it was sometimes perceived as the nasty party. She is known for her flamboyant shoes.

David Laws MP

Title: Liberal Democrat Work and Pensions Spokesman

Career: Previously on the Liberal Democrat treasury team, Mr Laws favours private sector innovation in the provision of public services.

A former Liberal Democrat policy director, he has been MP for the former leader Paddy Ashdown's constituency of Yeovil since the 2001 general election.

David Laws was vice president of JP Morgan at 22 years old and is a self-made millionaire.

Quentin Letts

Title: Daily Mail Parliamentary Sketch-writer

Career: Quentin has been contributing to the Daily Mail about parliamentary issues for the past four years. He is also the paper's theatre critic.

Before completing his degree at Trinity College, Dublin, he was a dustbin man.

Apart from using his wit to report on the politics of Westminster he has also been the New York correspondent for The Times. He lives in Herefordshire with his wife and three children.

Bonnie Greer

Title: Playwright and Critic

Career: Bonnie was raised in Chicago and has lived in Britain since the mid 1980s.

Her theatre work is closely associated with women and ethnic minorities. She won a Verity Bargate Award for Best New Play.

To date, she has written eleven plays for BBC Radio 4, and she is currently writing her second novel, Riding the 903. She is a regular guest on Newsnight Review and often writes book reviews for the Guardian, Independent and the Times.

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

Watch Question Time from Blackpool


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