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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 November 2007, 11:00 GMT
This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political debate programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was in Buxton, Derbyshire on 15 November for a Liberal Democrats leadership special.

On the panel were the two contenders, Chris Huhne and Nick Clegg.

Ballot papers for the leadership election are due to be sent out to party members next week with a deadline to vote by 15 December.


Chris Huhne MP

Career: Chris Huhne is the Liberal Democrat shadow secretary of state for the environment and rural affairs.

He was the runner up in the last Liberal Democrat leadership contest, which saw Sir Menzies Campbell elected as leader.

Before entering politics he worked in the City and has written a number of books on economic and development issues.

After five years as the MEP for South East England, he was elected as the MP for Eastleigh in 2005 and served as a shadow treasury spokesman under Charles Kennedy.

He was the first candidate to announce his bid for the leadership last month, declaring his vision for "a fairer and greener society where we put people in charge."

Writing about the leadership campaign in an article for the Daily Telegraph last month he said that "there is no gap in the market for us to parrot the Tory Twins' soundbites on competition and choice in public services".


Nick Clegg MP

Career: Nick Clegg is the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman.

Having begun a career in journalism, he entered politics via Brussels, becoming the East Midlands MEP in 1999.

At the 2005 election he was elected Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam, and was promoted to be the deputy of the then foreign affairs spokesman Sir Menzies Campbell.

Launching his bid for the party leadership three weeks ago, he said: "We cannot go on testing the patience of the British people. We must come together now and make a long-term commitment to British Liberalism. We must step up or risk falling back for good."

Mr Clegg has refused to speculate on the possibility of a coalition in the event of a hung parliament, saying: "The Liberal Democrats are an independent political party and I will not allow us to be defined by deals we might or might not do."

Profile: Chris Huhne
17 Oct 07 |  Politics
Profile: Nick Clegg
16 Oct 07 |  Politics

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