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Last Updated: Thursday, 16 February 2006, 23:44 GMT
This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme, was in Preston on Thursday, 16 February 2006.

David Dimbleby was joined for the interactive debate by Peter Hain MP, Theresa May MP, Lord Razzall, broadcaster John Sergeant and NUS president Kat Fletcher.

Peter Hain MP

Title: Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Wales

Career: Peter Hain was appointed to his current position following the general election, and retained his job as Welsh secretary.

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He was a hawk on Iraq, and claimed he had seen "categoric" evidence of Saddam Hussein's WMD programme.

Born in Kenya, Mr Hain was a prominent anti-apartheid activist throughout the 1970s.

Theresa May MP

Title: Shadow Leader of the Commons

Career: Theresa May is one of four women on David Cameron's frontbench team.

Currently shadow leader of the House of Commons, she was previously shadow secretary of state for the family and culture.

Theresa May was the first female chairman of the Conservative Party in 2002, and is known for her flamboyant shoes.

Lord Razzall

Title: Liberal Democrat Trade and Industry Spokesperson in the Lords

Career: Lord Razzall speaks on the trade and industry portfolio in the House of Lords.

Chairman of the Liberal Democrat election campaign in 2005, he started his political life as a councillor in Richmond.

Lord Razzall is a close friend of former Liberal Democrat leader Rt Hon Charles Kennedy MP.

John Sergeant

Title: Writer and Broadcaster

Career: John Sergeant joined the BBC as a reporter and later became its chief political correspondent.

He was winner of the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for most memorable report when he was interrupted by Margaret Thatcher outside the Paris Embassy.

After the BBC, John joined ITN as its political editor. Since then he has been a regular contributor in the national press, written two books and been on a UK theatre tour.

Kat Fletcher

Title: President, National Union of Students

Career: Kat Fletcher is the current president of the National Union of Students (NUS).

She was elected president by students from across the UK at the NUS annual conference in 2004 and was re-elected again in 2005.

Kat has a strong record as a student campaigner; her involvement was initiated due to the introduction of tuition fees. She is a graduate from Leeds University.

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


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