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The debate on this week's Question Time came from London.


Liam Fox
Dr Liam Fox has been the Member of Parliament for Woodspring since 1992. In the last ten years he has enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks and is currently shadow secretary of state for health, a post he has held since 1999.

He is a GP and member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. Dr Fox has also worked as a Civilian Army Medical Officer and as a General Surgeon with St John Ambulance.

He and his party have been highly critical of the government's plans for foundation hospitals, saying they will leave smaller hospitals with less cash.


Hazel Blears
Hazel Blears has been an MP for Salford since 1997 and became a junior health minister after the general election in 2001.

Prior to her career in politics she qualified as solicitor and worked as principal solicitor for Manchester City Council.

Before entering Parliament Ms Blears was a city councillor for Salford between 1984 and 1992, and she was chair of Salford Community Health Council from 1992 to 1996.

She recently criticised the Conservative MPs for trying to "stoke up" a panic about the potential threat posed to UK from the Sars virus.


Caroline Lucas
Caroline Lucas has been the Green Party MEP for the south east of England since 1999.

She sits on the European Parliament Trade and Transport Committee and is also Vice President of the Parliament's Animal Welfare group. She is a passionate anti-war activist and recently has been campaigning against the government's proposed expansion of UK airports.

Ms Lucas is an expert on trade issues and has had a wide variety of books published on the subject.


Rod Eddington has been the Chief Executive of British Airways since 2000. He was born in Australia and studied at Oxford University in the 1970s where he gained a doctorate in nuclear physics.

With more than 20 years experience, Mr Eddington, is highly respected within the airline industry. He has previously worked as managing director of Cathay Pacific and was also executive chairman at the regional airline Ansett in Australia. He is credited with helping to turn both companies into profitable businesses.

Last month, he announced that BA would join Air France and bring luxury supersonic travel on Concorde to an end by taking the aircraft out of service.


Vanessa Feltz
Columnist and broadcaster currently writes for the Daily Express. She is known for her outspoken views and strong personality. She recently joined BBC London 94.9FM to host their afternoon show - the same station on which she began her broadcasting career when it was BBC GLR.

Ms Feltz studied English at Cambridge before going on to write for the Jewish Chronicle and the Daily Mirror.

Most recently she has hit the headlines after taking part in Celebrity Big Brother and for her dramatic weight loss following the break-up of her marriage.


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