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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 June 2006, 10:46 GMT 11:46 UK
This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was broadcast from Torquay on 8 June.

He was joined by Labour MP David Lammy, Shadow Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox, Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone, Respect MP George Galloway and writer and historian Sir Max Hastings.


David Lammy

Title: Culture Minister

David Lammy is a minister at the department of Culture, Media and Sport.

Previously, he has held ministerial posts in health and education.

David became the youngest qualifying barrister in England in 1994 and in 1996 he became the first black Briton to study at Harvard Law School where he graduated with a master's degree.


Liam Fox MP

Title: Shadow Defence Secretary

Liam Fox was made Shadow Defence Secretary under Conservative leader David Cameron.

In the recent party leadership contest he gained the support of the right-wing Cornerstone group but was eliminated in the second round.

A former GP, Liam is known for his Eurosceptic and Atlanticist views. He has held senior shadow cabinet posts in health and foreign affairs.


Lynne Featherstone MP

Title: Liberal Democrat

Lynne Featherstone speaks on home affairs and London issues for the Liberal Democrats.

Before entering parliament she worked in her constituency, first as a councillor and then as a member of the London Assembly.

Previously Lynne used to run her own design company and was a director of an electrical company.


George Galloway MP

Title: Respect

George Galloway was elected MP for Bethnal Green and Bow last year.

In 2004 he founded the anti war party Respect after being expelled from the Labour Party and last year appeared as a contestant on Channel 4's Celebrity Big Brother.

In a recent GQ interview he said it could be "morally justified" to assassinate Tony Blair as it would be "morally equivalent to ordering the deaths of thousands of innocent people in Iraq as Blair did."


Sir Max Hastings

Title: Journalist and historian

Sir Max contributes regularly to The Daily Mail and The Sunday Telegraph, and is the author of 19 books.

He was the first journalist to enter Port Stanley during the Falklands War.

As well as being a distinguished military historian, he edited both the Daily Telegraph and the Evening Standard.

He was made President of the Council for the Protection of Rural England in 2002.

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

Watch Question Time from Torquay


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