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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 April, 2005, 23:09 GMT 00:09 UK
This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme, was in Stirling on 6 April.

David Dimbleby was joined for the interactive debate by David Blunkett MP, Michael Ancram MP, Jim Wallace QC MSP, Nicola Sturgeon MSP and UKIP Chairman Petrina Holdsworth.

David Blunkett MP

Title: Former Home Secretary

Career: David Blunkett resigned from the government in December amid allegations over his ex-lover's nanny's visa.

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Responsible for much of the anti-terror legislation in the wake of 9/11, he also reclassified cannabis as a class C drug.

Tipped by some to return to the Cabinet if Labour wins the election, Mr Blunkett has said the English should stop being "apologetic about our history" and celebrate St George's Day.

Michael Ancram MP

Title: Shadow Foreign Secretary and Conservative Deputy Leader

Career: Mr Ancram stood as a candidate in the 2001 Tory leadership election.

But he failed in his bid to succeed William Hague and at the next leadership contest, in 2003, he decided to give Michael Howard a clear run.

Under John Major, Michael Ancram was a minister for Northern Ireland. William Hague appointed him constitutional affairs spokesman in 1997 and party chairman in 1998.

Jim Wallace QC MSP

Title: Scotland Deputy First Minister and Enterprise Minister

Career: Jim Wallace is leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

As Scotland's deputy first minister, he signed a second coalition deal with Labour in Scotland following the 2003 elections for the Scottish Parliament.

He did not seek re-election for his Westminster seat at the last general election, having represented Orkney and Shetland since 1983.

Nicola Sturgeon MSP

Title: Deputy Leader, SNP

Career: Nicola Sturgeon was elected deputy leader of the SNP in 2004.

Previously shadow minister for health issues in the Scottish Parliament, she has also held the post of shadow education minister.

Nicola Sturgeon contested local and national elections before winning her seat in the Scottish Parliament in 1999 and again in 2003.

Patricia Holdsworth

Title: Party Chairman, UKIP

Career: A barrister by profession, Petrina Holdsworth was elected chairman of UKIP last year.

At the forthcoming general election she is standing against the Conservative leader Michael Howard in Folkestone and Hythe.

At the 2004 European elections she was a UKIP candidate for the south-east region.

BBC ONE's Question Time is broadcast this week on Wednesday at 2240 GMT.


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