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This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme, was in Glasgow on Thursday, 1 December, 2005.

David Dimbleby was joined by Margaret Hodge MP, Annabel Goldie MSP, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, bioethicist Tom Shakespeare, and A A Gill of The Sunday Times.

Margaret Hodge MP

Title: Minister for Work

Career: Margaret Hodge is minister for work at the department for work and pensions.

She was appointed the first ever government minister for children in 2003, and has also held the post of Education Minister.

Before entering the House of Commons Margaret Hodge was leader of Islington Council for 10 years, and she became an MP in 1994.

Annabel Goldie MSP

Title: Scottish Conservative Leader

Career: Annabel Goldie became leader of the Scottish Conservatives earlier this month, following the resignation of David McLetchie.

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She remains Conservative Justice and Home Affairs Spokesperson in Holyrood and is a member of the Scottish Parliament for West Scotland.

Initially elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999, Annabel Goldie was previously a self-employed partner in a law firm.

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.

Tom Shakespeare

Title: Bioethicist

Career: Dr Tom Shakespeare has written and broadcast widely in the field of disability and genetics. He is co-author of The Sexual Politics of Disability.

Tom is the director of the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Institute as well as being the chair of the Arts Council, North East.

Among his interests, he is a fan of Harry Potter and the cartoon strip Krazy Kat.

A A Gill

Title: The Sunday Times

Career: A A Gill is a features writer and critic for The Sunday Times and Vanity Fair magazine.

He has published two novels and recently wrote a third about the essence of England and the English.

A A Gill is a contributing editor at GQ and a founder of Travel Intelligence. He is the author of The Ivy Cookbook.

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


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