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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 January 2006, 16:23 GMT
This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme, was in Basingstoke on Thursday, 26 January 2006.

David Dimbleby was joined for the interactive debate by Baroness Amos, John Redwood MP, Simon Hughes MP, Claire Fox and Zac Goldsmith.

Baroness Amos

Title: Leader of the House of Lords

Career: Baroness Amos is the first black woman to sit in the Cabinet.

Previously international development secretary following Clare Short's resignation, Baroness Amos was deeply involved in the reconstruction of Iraq and canvassed African leaders in the run-up to the war.

She began her career working in local government in various London boroughs.

John Redwood MP

Title: Former Conservative Cabinet Minister

Career: John Redwood was alongside Shadow Chancellor George Osborne this week at the creation of a new Tory policy group on economic competitiveness.

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He was shadow deregulation secretary under Michael Howard. Secretary of state for Wales from 1993 to 1995 under John Major's administration, he stood down to contest the Tory leadership, unsuccessfully, in 1995.

He made a second attempt to become leader two years later.

Simon Hughes MP

Title: Liberal Democrat Leadership Contender

Career: Simon Hughes has embarked on his second attempt to become leader of the Liberal Democrats.

He was elected president of the party in 2004 after coming third in the London mayoral election.

Mr Hughes has said that his colleague Mark Oaten should not resign as an MP over allegations of an affair with a male prostitute.

Claire Fox

Title: Director of the Institute of Ideas

Career: Claire Fox established the Institute of Ideas to create a forum where ideas can be contested without constraint.

She was co-publisher of the controversial current affairs journal LM Magazine, formerly Living Marxism.

Claire writes regularly for national newspapers and a range of specialist journals and is a panellist on BBC Radio 4's The Moral Maze.

Zac Goldsmith

Title: Editor of the Ecologist

Career: Zac Goldsmith has been editor of the Ecologist since 1998. The magazine was founded by his uncle more than 30 years ago.

Zac is the eldest son of the late Sir James Goldsmith and Lady Annabel Goldsmith. He owns an estate in Devon where his livestock and produce are organised on sustainable and organic lines.

Zac is part of the Conservative leader David Cameron's new policy group on the environment.

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


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