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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 January, 2004, 17:31 GMT
This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme chaired by David Dimbleby, will be in Manchester on 8 January. The panel joining him for the interactive debate were Hazel Blears MP, David Willetts MP, Ed Davey MP, Anthony H Wilson and PD James.

Hazel Blears MP

Title: Home Office Minister

Career: Hazel Blears called for improved police records procedures after it emerged that critical information on murderer Ian Huntley had been destroyed.

She was one of three Labour MPs appointed to the party's National Executive Committee in November, in preference to Chancellor Gordon Brown.

The former Manchester City Council principal solicitor and Salford councillor has campaigned to reduce inner city deprivation and crime.

David Willetts MP

Title: Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary and Policy Co-ordinator.

Career: David Willetts, known as "Two Brains" for his intellect, supports the One Nation brand of "caring" Conservatism.

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He has spent the night on the streets with the homeless in London and has also stayed overnight on a Birmingham council estate in an effort to find out about poverty in Britain.

Mr Willetts looks set to be in charge of writing the next Conservative election manifesto following his appointment as policy co-ordinator by party leader Michael Howard in November.

Ed Davey MP

Title: Liberal Democrat, Local Government

Career: Ed Davey is heading a national campaign to scrap the council tax and replace it with a local income-related tax.

He was senior economic advisor to former Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown and was appointed economics affairs spokesman when he was elected as Kingston & Surbiton MP in 1997.

As Lib Dem spokesman on London, Mr Davey helped co-ordinate the campaign of the party's candidate for Mayor in the 2000 election, Susan Kramer.

Anthony T Wilson

Title: TV Presenter & former Music Mogul

Career: Tony Wilson founded the Factory Records label that launched the Manchester bands Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays.

He also launched Manchester's Hacienda nightclub and his story was told in the film 24 Hour Party People starring Steve Coogan as Tony.

The former World in Action and Granada Reports TV presenter is currently campaigning for a north west regional assembly.

PD James

Title: Author

Career: PD James is the author of a series of crime novels, many of them featuring the poet-detective Adam Dalgleish.

She was a BBC governor from 1988-93, has served as a Justice of the Peace in London and Middlesex, worked as an administrator in the NHS and for the Home Office.

She was awarded an OBE in 1983 and a life peerage as Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991.

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


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