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19 February 2004
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme chaired by David Dimbleby was in Aberystwyth on 19 February. The panel joining him for the interactive debate were Ann Clwyd, Laura Jones, Adam Price, Simon Weston and Darcus Howe.

Ann Clwyd MP

ANN CLWYD MP

Title: Labour envoy on human rights in Iraq

Career: Ann Clwyd described Saddam Hussein's capture as "the best Christmas present" she could possibly have.

The MP for Cynon Valley, who had previously rebelled against her party, backed the war on Iraq on the grounds of the human rights record of Saddam's regime.

An expert on Iraqi and Indonesian politics and an outspoken opponent of nuclear weapons, Ms Clwyd held the post of shadow international development minister in the 1990s.


Laura Jones AM
LAURA JONES AM

Title: Conservative Welsh assembly member

Career: At 24, Laura Jones is the UK's youngest parliamentarian.

The Welsh assembly member, who has accused Labour of lying over tuition fees, read politics at Plymouth University before being elected to the Welsh assembly.

Prior to her election she had been working as a waitress earning 5 per hour. Despite a conviction for drink-driving, she received full backing from the Conservative Party as a candidate in South Wales East.


Adam Price MP
ADAM PRICE MP

Title: Plaid Cymru trade and industry spokesman

Career: Adam Price recently called for an independent ombudsman to investigate the deaths of civilians killed by coalition forces in Iraq.

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Mr Price was a founder of the Federation of Plaid Cymru Students and held the position of director of policy for the party before he was elected in 2001 at the age of 31.

He made the headlines in 2003 when he called on the government to make Liverpool the capital of the UK in a bid to redistribute the country's wealth.


Simon Weston
SIMON WESTON

Title: Falklands War veteran

Career: Simon Weston suffered 49% burns during the Falklands War when the ship, Sir Galahad, was bombed by Argentine planes.

The former Welsh Guardsman helped establish the charity Weston Spirit in 1988 which aims to help and encourage young people to overcome adversity.

In 1992 he was awarded an OBE in the Queen's birthday honours list for his charitable works. He has written a series of books and has been the subject of five BBC television documentaries.


Darcus Howe
DARCUS HOWE

Title: Journalist and social commentator

Career: Darcus Howe left Trinidad for London in 1961 and began his career with the magazine Race Today, which he edited for 11 years.

Howe entered broadcasting in the 1980s and made his name hosting the Channel 4 talk show, Devil's Advocate. He also wrote and presented the series White Tribe, which explored the idea of Englishness.

The one-time Black Panther and black rights activist has also contributed to a range of newspapers and has a regular column in the New Statesman.


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



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