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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 November 2005, 16:16 GMT
This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme, was in Carlisle on Thursday, 10 November, 2005.

David Dimbleby was joined by Geoff Hoon MP, Caroline Spelman MP, Chris Huhne MP, comedienne Rhona Cameron and writer Toby Young.

Geoff Hoon MP

Title: Leader of the House of Commons

Career: Former defence secretary Geoff Hoon was appointed leader of the House of Commons following the general election.

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In favour of extending the length of time the police can detain terror suspects without charge, Mr Hoon claims: "We have to have effective powers that will allow police to take the necessary action."

He was previously Europe minister and a member of the European Parliament for 10 years.

Caroline Spelman MP

Title: Shadow Local Government Secretary

Career: Caroline Spelman is yet to declare publicly whom she backs to become leader of the Conservative party.

Currently one of two women in Michael Howard's shadow cabinet, she has labelled plans for council tax rises as "the latest stealth tax".

Caroline Spelman was named shadow minister to watch out for at the Spectator's Parliamentarian of the Year awards 2002.

Chris Huhne MP

Title: Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesman

Career: Elected to the House of Commons in May, Chris Huhne was formerly a Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament.

Writing recently on the proposed terror laws he said: "Given past failures of intelligence, the risks to the innocent are substantial."

Currently on the Liberal Democrat Treasury team, Mr Huhne was an economic and financial journalist for 19 years and a City economist for five years.

Rhona Cameron

Title: Comedienne

Career: Rhona Cameron is currently writing her second book following the success of her novel, 1979.

She was born and raised in Scotland and made an impact on the comedy scene with sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Rhona has established herself as one of the best stand-up comedians in the UK. She regularly appears on television and has had her own sitcom series for the BBC, called Rhona.

Toby Young

Title: The Evening Standard

Career: Toby Young co-authored a sex farce about the David Blunkett scandal this year called Who's The Daddy?

He founded the magazine The Modern Review with Julie Burchill and Cosmo Landesman, with the motto "Low Culture for Highbrows".

He turned his novel, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, into a stage show and played himself in the West End . Toby is also the drama critic for The Spectator.

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


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