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This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was in London on Thursday, 25 September. Joining David on the panel were:

Patricia Hewitt
Patricia Hewitt

Title: Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and Minister for Women.

Career: Patricia Hewitt gained rapid promotion to the cabinet as secretary of state for trade and industry in 2001, four years after being elected as MP for Leicester West.

In that post she recently published proposals aimed at curbing big pay-offs for directors who quit failing companies.

Ms Hewitt had previously been responsible for e-commerce and small businesses within the department. She has also held the post of economic secretary to the Treasury.

She served as former Labour leader, Neil Kinnock's, policy co-ordinator between 1983-89.

Michael Ancram
Michael Ancram

Title: Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Foreign Secretary.

Career: Michael Ancram has been MP for Devizes since April 1992.

He was called to the Scottish Bar in 1970, practised until 1979 and was awarded Silk in 1996.

Mr Ancram helped run the Conservative's 2001 General Election campaign as party chairman and stood in the Tory leadership contest following the resignation of William Hague.

He was appointed deputy leader of the Conservative Party and shadow secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs in 2001.

Menzies Campbell
Menzies Campbell

Title: Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs Spokesman

Career: Menzies Campbell has been MP for North East Fife since he was first elected to parliament in 1987.

He is strongly pro-European and has spoken out against US proposals for National Missile Defence.

He was elected as deputy leader of the Liberal Democrat party in February 2003, just four months after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Mr Campbell was an athletics star in his youth, captaining the UK team from 1965-6, and held the UK 100m record from 1967-74.

Michael Grade
Michael Grade

Title: Non-executive chairman of Camelot Group plc and Hemscott plc, executive chairman of Pinewood-Shepperton Ltd.

Career: The son of theatrical agent Leslie Grade, Michael joined the Grade organisation in 1966 before moving into TV in 1973 as deputy controller of entertainment programmes at LWT.

He became controller of BBC One and later BBC TV's director of programmes in the 1980s.

In 1988 he took up the post of chief executive at Channel 4 Television which he held until 1997.

He was awarded the CBE in the 1998 New Years Honours list.


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