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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 October 2006, 10:40 GMT 11:40 UK
This Week's Panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political debate programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was broadcast from Bournemouth on 5 October.

David Dimbleby was joined by Labour Party Chairman Hazel Blears MP, Conservative Head of Policy Oliver Letwin MP, the Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Williams, Editor of the satirical magazine Private Eye, Ian Hislop and the novelist and columnist Sandra Howard.


Hazel Blears MP

Title: Labour Party Chairman and Cabinet Minister without Portfolio.

Career: Hazel Blears was promoted to the Cabinet in last May's reshuffle.

Previously at the Home Office, she was responsible for crime and security under Charles Clarke.

She recently called for Labour to "regain its sense of unity".

Oliver Letwin MP

Title: Conservative Head of Policy.

Career: Oliver Letwin was made chairman of the Conservative Party's policy unit under David Cameron last year and he oversees all on-going policy review groups.

Previously he held senior posts as shadow chancellor and shadow home secretary.

Last week's Sunday Times claims he told them that there would be "no limit" to private involvement in the NHS under the Tories, which he denies.

Shirley Williams
Baroness Williams

Title: Liberal Democrat peer.

Careeer: Having served in the Wilson and Callaghan Governments in the 1960s and 1970s, Baroness Williams went on to co-found the SDP.

She was leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords between 2001 and 2004.

She has held lecturing posts at Harvard, Cambridge, and Princetown.

Ian Hislop
Ian Hislop

Title: Editor, Private Eye.

Career: Ian Hislop was made Editor of Private Eye aged 26.

He is a team captain on the BBC hit series "Have I Got News For You".

Sandra Howard
Sandra Howard

Title: Novelist and columnist.

Career: As Sandra Paul, Mrs Howard was one the top models of the 1960s.

She is now a trustee of the drug rehabilitation charity Adaction and Vice President of the National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy.

She is married to the former leader of the Conservative Party, Michael Howard.

She has just published her Westminster based novel, Glass Houses.

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