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Question Time's panel on 2 October 2003
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was in Southampton on Thursday, 2 October. Joining David on the panel were:

Peter Hain MP
Peter Hain MP

Title: Leader of the House of Commons and Welsh Secretary.

Career: Before entering parliament as MP for Neath in 1991, Peter Hain worked as head of research for the Communication Workers Union.

He was brought up in South Africa where he campaigned against the country's apartheid regime and he has spoken out against Robert Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe, particularly during his stint in the foreign office.

Mr Hain is Leader of the House of Commons and Welsh Secretary.

Other previous government posts have included minister for Europe, 2001-02, and foreign minister, 1999-2001.

Oliver Letwin MP
Oliver Letwin MP

Title: Shadow Home Secretary.

Career: Oliver Letwin was elected MP for West Dorset in 1997 following stints as special adviser to the education secretary and a member of the prime minister's policy unit under Margaret Thatcher.

He was appointed spokesman for constitutional affairs in 1998, shadow chief secretary to the Treasury in 2000 and shadow home secretary in September 2001.

In his current role he recently pledged to put more police officers on the beat and hand control of policing away from Whitehall to local areas.

He has written several publications including his book Privatising The World.

Lord Navnit Dholakia
Lord Navnit Dholakia

Title: President of the Liberal Democrat Party.

Career: Lord Navnit, who became a Peer in 1997, was elected president of the Lib Dems for a second term in 2002.

He became chairman of Brighton Young Liberals from 1959 to 1962 shortly after moving to the UK from Tanzania and served on Brighton borough council 1961-1964.

Lord Navnit is widely respected for his work in race relations, as secretary of the Liberal Party's Race and Community Relations Panel, and with the Commission for Racial Equality.

He also has an interest in criminal justice and penal affairs having been a council member of the Howard League for Penal Reform since 1992.

Mandy Telford
Mandy Telford

Title: President of the National Union of Students.

Career: Mandy Telford, a teaching student from Strathclyde, was re-elected as NUS president at the annual conference in April this year.

She was elected on a ticket of opposing student top-up fees and vowed to welcome the Labour Government's successes, but fight their mistakes.

Ms Telford is the NUS's 49th president and the fifth woman to be elected to the post.

Jane Moore
Jane Moore

Title: Journalist and broadcaster.

Career: Jane Moore is best known for her opinion column in the Sun, and has also been a reporter, royal correspondent and feature writer at the newspaper.

She joined radio station LBC last year to co-host its breakfast show.

Her other appearances on radio and TV have included stints on Nicky Campbell's BBC Radio Five Live phone-in show, ITV's Loose Women and This Morning.

Ms Moore has written two novels, Fourplay and The Ex-Files.


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