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Question Time was broadcast from Newcastle on 12 June.

The next programme, on 19 June, will come from Manchester.


Conservative peer Lord Strathclyde is the leader of the opposition in the House of Lords.

He was appointed to the role in 1998 by William Hague, then leader of the Conservative Party.

He recently backed government plans for a fully elected House of Lords claiming that the second chamber has an important role to play. He said: "Conservatives want to see a stronger second chamber, trusted by the people and better able to hold ministers to account."

In the House of Lords he has served as a minister in a number of government departments including the Environment Department and the Department of Trade and Industry.


Nick Brown is the Minister of State for Work at the Department for Work and Pensions.

As Minister of Agriculture, in 2001, he struggled to contain the spread of foot-and-mouth during the height of the crisis.

During a cabinet reshuffle after the general election in 2001 he was moved to his present post - a move seen by some of the press as a demotion for his mishandling of the crisis.

Mr Brown is seen as a key ally of Chancellor Gordon Brown after supporting him during his battle for the Labour Party leadership in 1994.

Before becoming a politician, he worked in advertising at Proctor and Gamble and was a legal adviser for the northern region of the GMBATU union. From 1980-1983 he was a member of Newcastle upon Tyne City Council.


Sir David Steel recently stood down as the first presiding officer at the Scottish Parliament.

In 1965 he became the youngest MP at Westminster when he was elected to represent the Borders constituency of Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles at the age of 26.

He became Sir David Steel in 1990 and, after retiring as an MP in 1997, took a seat in the House of Lords as Lord Steel of Aikwood.

During a varied political career lasting nearly 40 years Sir David served as Leader of the Liberal Party from 1976 to 1988.

When the Scottish Parliament was established in 1999 he came out of retirement and served as the MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament) for the Lothians until stepping down after elections this May.


Janet Street-Porter is a broadcaster and journalist.

She made her name as the creator and producer of innovative, award-winning programmes for Channel 4, LWT (London Weekend Television) and ITV. In the 1980s she created Network 7 for Channel 4 which won a Bafta for originality.

In 1988 she was BBC's head of youth programming. Her hits here included Def II, Rough Guides and The Full Wax.

She left in 1994 to help launch cable television station L!VE TV - but quit after famously falling out with Kelvin MacKenzie, former editor of The Sun, after a number of disagreements over how to run the station.

In 1999 she became editor of The Independent on Sunday. She resigned from the job in 2001 but remains editor-at-large for the newspaper.


Author and historian Andrew Roberts has a first class honours degree in Modern History from Cambridge where he is an honorary senior scholar.

He has published a number of biographies on many influential figures including Churchill, Hitler and Napoleon. His biography Salisbury: Victorian Titan about Lord Salisbury, published in 1991, won the Wolfson History Prize and the James Stern Silver Pen Award for Non-Fiction.

As well as appearing regularly on television and radio he writes for newspapers and magazines including The Sunday Telegraph, The Spectator, Literary Review and The Mail on Sunday.


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