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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 October 2005, 22:40 GMT 23:40 UK
This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme, was in Birmingham on Thursday 20 October 2005.

David Dimbleby was joined by Baroness Morris, Andrew Lansley MP, former Director-General of the BBC Greg Dyke, political correspondent for The Times Matthew Parris, and director of Amnesty International Kate Allen.

Baroness Morris

Title: Labour Peer

Career: Recently appointed to the House of Lords, Estelle Morris stood down as an MP at the last election.

She was brought back to the front bench as arts minister in June 2003, following her resignation as education secretary in October 2002.

From a political background, her father was an MP and an aide to Harold Wilson. Estelle Morris was a teacher before becoming an MP.

Andrew Lansley MP

Title: Shadow Health Secretary

Career: Andrew Lansley ruled himself out of the Conservative leadership race and supported Ken Clarke in the first round.

In the second ballot he backed David Cameron who appeared to pick up most of the votes from the Clarke camp.

From 1999 to 2001 Andrew Lansley was the shadow minister for the Cabinet Office and was responsible for policy co-ordination in the Conservative Party.

Greg Dyke

Title: Former Director-General of the BBC

Career: Greg Dyke resigned from the BBC in January 2004, following the findings of the Hutton report surrounding the circumstances that led to the death of Dr David Kelly.

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Greg Dyke has enjoyed a long career in British television, and is famous for bringing Roland Rat to TV-am.

He started out as a journalist, and was a former donor to the Labour Party, although he supported the Liberal Democrats at the last election.

Matthew Parris

Title: Political Correspondent, The Times

Career: Matthew Parris is a political commentator and journalist.

He turned down a job as a spy to join the Foreign Office before becoming a Conservative MP, from 1979-86. Two years later he joined The Times as parliamentary sketch writer, a role he held until 2001.

He has published many books on travel and politics and he writes weekly columns for The Times and The Spectator.

Kate Allen

Title: Director, Amnesty International

Career: Kate Allen joined Amnesty International as their director in 2000.

Among other campaigns she leads Amnesty's "Stop Violence Against Women", calling for an end to honour crimes, trafficking, rape in war and domestic violence.

She is a regular contributor to broadcast programmes and writes for the national press.

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

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