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Question Time is now off air for the summer. It will return on Thursday, 25 September.

The latest programme was broadcast from London on Thursday, 3 July 2003.


Baroness Amos
Baroness Amos was appointed International Development Secretary after Clare Short's resignation.

She has been the chief whip, Labour spokesperson on a range of issues and parliamentary under-secretary of state to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

She became a life peer in 1997, taking the title Baroness Amos, of Brondesbury in the London borough of Brent.

She is the first black woman to sit in cabinet and the second black cabinet minister, following Paul Boateng, who was appointed chief secretary of the Treasury last year.

She canvassed African leaders in the run-up to the war in Iraq, travelling to Cameroon, Angola and Guinea to urge them to support the United States and Britain in the United Nations Security Council.


Tim Collins
Tim Collins is the shadow transport secretary and Conservative MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale.

He worked for many years in Conservative Central Office, as a special adviser to cabinet members and, for a brief time, in the Number 10 Policy Unit.

He is a committed Thatcherite and Eurosceptic and has been a vice chair of the Conservative Party, with special responsibility for campaigning. He played a key role in the direction of the Tories' 2001 election campaign.

He supported Michael Ancram and then Iain Duncan Smith for the Conservative leadership in 2001 and was appointed shadow minister for the cabinet office before becoming shadow transport secretary in 2002.


Lord Razzall
Lord Razzall is the chairman of the Liberal Democrat Campaign Committee and the party spokesman for trade and industry in the House of Lords.

He became joint treasurer of the Liberal Party in 1986 and then treasurer of the newly merged Liberal Democrats. He was also vice-chair of the Liberal Democrat Councillors and later president.

Lord Razzall qualified as a solicitor in 1969 and was named "European Lawyer of the Year" in 1992. He also runs his own business, Argonaut Associates, which specialises in giving business advice to growth companies.

He was awarded the CBE in 1993 and made a Life Peer in 1997.


Janet Daley
Janet Daley is a columnist and leader writer for the Daily Telegraph.

She spent twenty years in academic life, teaching philosophy at the Open University, London University and the Royal College of Art.

She wrote extensively about art and literary criticism from the late 1960s until the early 1980s and then left teaching to become a full-time journalist.

She joined The Independent as a columnist in 1989, before moving to The Times as a columnist and leader writer where she stayed for seven years until she joined the Daily Telegraph.

She is a frequent contributor to current affairs programmes on both radio and television and was a regular panellist on Radio 4's Moral Maze before stepping down in April 2001.

She has published two novels: All Good Men and Honourable Friends.


John O'Farrell
John O'Farrell is a full time writer. He has been active in politics all his life, and in 1979 he was Labour's candidate in the mock election at his school.

He later worked as a researcher at the House of Commons for a Labour MP before embarking on a writing career.

During a decade spent working in television comedy he wrote for such productions as Spitting Image, Have I Got News For You, Clive Anderson Talks Back and Room 101. He has also contributed lines to the speeches of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

He is a regular guest on television and radio shows such as The News Quiz and writes a weekly humorous column for The Guardian.

His first book Things Can Only Get Better was a number one best-seller and was adapted for Radio 4. He has since published two novels The Best a Man Can Get and This is Your Life.


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