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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 June 2006, 16:50 GMT 17:50 UK
This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme chaired by David Dimbleby, will be broadcast from Sheffield on 14 June.

He will be joined by Lord Falconer, Shadow Leader of the House Theresa May MP, Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten, Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti and former footballer Derek Dougan.


The Lord Falconer

Title: Lord Chancellor

Charles Falconer is Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor.

He was a childhood friend of the prime minister and the pair later shared a flat together.

Trained as a barrister, he was made a peer and has held numerous government positions since 1997.

While at the Home Office he helped steer the reform of the criminal justice system.


Rt Hon Theresa May MP

Title: Shadow Leader of the House

Theresa May was made shadow leader of the House of Commons when David Cameron became leader of the party.

She has held various posts including shadow portfolios in education, transport, local government and was party chairman.

She is a prominent member of the committee which selects "A list" candidates for Conservative winnable seats.


Mark Oaten MP

Title: Liberal Democrat

Mark Oaten has been the MP for Winchester since May 1997.

He was considered a rising star in the party and became one of the leadership contenders for the party following Charles Kennedy's resignation.

He then stood down as the party's home affairs spokesmen following newspapers allegations about his private life.


Shami Chakrabarti

Title: Director of Liberty

Shami Chakrabarti has been director of the independent human rights organisation Liberty since September 2003.

A barrister by background, she previously worked as a lawyer in the Home Office.

She is a governor of the London School of Economics and earlier this year she was described as an "anarchist in a barristers wig" by Loaded magazine.


Derek Dougan

Title: Former footballer and UKIP campaigner

Derek Dougan is a former professional footballer who played for 18 years in the football league.

He played for several clubs including Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa.

While playing, he also became chairman of the Professional Footballers Association.

In recent years he has been involved in several soccer committees and has taken an active interest in politics. He supports and campaigns for the UK Independence Party.

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