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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 15:46 GMT 16:46 UK
This week's panel: 27 April 2006
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme, was in Coventry on Thursday, 27 April 2006.

Joining David Dimbleby for the interactive debate were Constitutional Affairs Secretary and Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer, shadow home secretary David Davis MP, Liberal Democrat trade and industry spokesman Ed Davey MP, writer and broadcaster Carol Thatcher and journalist and broadcaster Steve Richards.

Lord Falconer

Title: Constitutional Affairs Secretary and Lord Chancellor

Career: Lord Falconer was appointed by the Prime Minister to his current post in 2003.

His previous positions in government include solicitor general, Dome minister and cabinet office minister.

A lawyer, Charlie Falconer shared a flat with Tony Blair when they were first called to the bar.

David Davis MP

Title: Shadow Home Secretary

Career: David Davis this week urged the Home Secretary Charles Clarke to resign after he admitted the Home Office freed 1,023 foreign prisoners who should have been considered for deportation.

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He served in John Major's government and has continued to be prominent in the Conservative Party.

He has twice stood for leadership of the party.

Ed Davey MP

Title: Liberal Democrat Trade and Industry Spokesman

Career: Edward Davey was elected in 1997 as the member of parliament for Kingston and Surbiton.

Before joining the House of Commons he was senior economics advisor to Paddy Ashdown.

He backed Sir Menzies Campbell in the recent Liberal Democrat leadership race.

Carol Thatcher

Title: Writer and Broadcaster

Career: Carol Thatcher is the daughter of the late Sir Denis Thatcher and Baroness Thatcher.

She was made Queen of the Jungle in the 2005 "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here".

In 1996 she wrote her late father's biography, titled "Below the Parapet", which became a best-seller. She once stormed out of a Billy Connolly gig after he ridiculed her mother.

Steve Richards

Title: Journalist and Broadcaster

Career: Steve Richards is the chief political columnist for the Independent.

He also presents GMTV's Sunday programme, BBC Radio 4's A Week In Westminster and Parliamentary Questions.

Before joining the Independent, Steve was a political editor for the New Statesman and also spent five years as a BBC political correspondent.

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


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