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This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was in Glasgow on Thursday, 6 November. Joining David on the panel were:

Denis MacShane
DENIS MACSHANE MP

Title: Europe Minister

Career: Denis MacShane has been MP for Rotherham since 1994, serving as PPS to several Foreign Office Ministers, before becoming Europe Minister in 2002.

The former BBC producer worked as a journalist, trade union official and director of the European Policy Institute before entering parliament.

Dr MacShane caused embarrassment by calling deposed President Chavez of Venezuela a "ranting, populist demagogue" two days before he was restored to power in 2002.


Lord Strathclyde
LORD STRATHCLYDE

Title: Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords.

Career: Lord Strathclyde was appointed to his current position in 1998 by William Hague.

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He is one of the 92 remaining hereditary peers who will have to stand down when the House of Lords is reformed. He has been a consistent critic of Government proposals to change the second chamber.

Under Conservative governments he has served as a minister in various departments including environment and trade and industry.


John Swinney
JOHN SWINNEY MSP

Title: Leader of the Scottish National Party

Career: John Swinney was the youngest national secretary of the SNP in 1986, aged 22, and was elected as leader of the party in September 2000.

He served as MP for North Tayside for two years before being elected as MSP of the same constituency in 1999.

Mr Swinney beat off a leadership challenge in September this year, defeating rival Dr Bill Wilson with a huge majority.


Rosie Kane
ROSIE KANE

Title: Scottish Socialist Party environment spokesperson

Career: Rosie Kane was elected to represent Glasgow Shettleston in the Scottish parliament as one of six Scottish Socialist MSPs to be elected in May.

She has campaigned against motorway construction, opposes GM crops and was found guilty of breaching the peace during an anti-nuclear demonstration at Faslane naval base in October 2001.

Ms Kane raised eyebrows during the swearing in ceremony at the Scottish parliament wearing jeans and a multi-coloured blouse.


Edwina Currie
EDWINA CURRIE

Title: Author, broadcaster, former politician

Career: Edwina Currie served as Conservative MP for South Derbyshire from 1983-97, and was health minister in Margaret Thatcher's government.

She started her writing career with the best-selling novel A Parliamentary Affair in 1994, and turned to broadcasting after losing her parliamentary seat, hosting Late Night Currie on BBC Radio Five Live.

She published her diaries last year, that included the revelation that she had had an affair with former Prime Minister John Major.


BBC ONE's Question Time is broadcast on Thursdays at 2235 GMT.



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