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17 June 2004
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme chaired by David Dimbleby was in Cardiff on 17 June. He was joined by Caroline Flint MP, David Willets MP, Matthew Taylor MP, UKIP special consultant Dick Morris and writer and broadcaster Germaine Greer.

Caroline Flint MP

CAROLINE FLINT MP

Title: Home Office Minister

Career: Caroline Flint worked with police and the FA ahead of Euro 2004 and believes every precaution was taken against hooliganism.

Following her appointment to the Home Office last year, she admitted having tried cannabis. Despite the revelation, Ms Flint supports the government's view that the drug should remain illegal.

The MP for Don Valley had previously been Peter Hain's parliamentary private secretary, following him from the Foreign Office to the Department of Trade and Industry and back again.


David Willetts MP

DAVID WILLETS MP

Title: Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary

Career: David Willetts had responsibility for Conservative Party policy co-ordination until this week's shadow cabinet reshuffle.

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He is known as "Two Brains" for his intellect and supports the One Nation brand of "caring" Conservatism. He is also an author on Tory philosophy.

He once 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.


Matthew Taylor MP

MATTHEW TAYLOR MP

Title: Liberal Democrat Party Chairman

Career: Matthew Taylor claimed election success for his party this week with an increased share of the vote in local and European elections.

He was campaign chairman for Charles Kennedy's successful party leadership campaign and was rewarded with the position of treasury spokesman before being given his current position in last October's reshuffle.

He was the UK's youngest MP when he entered parliament at the age of 24 and has since held almost every post in his party. He helped develop the party's policy of a local income tax in place of council tax.


Dick Morris

DICK MORRIS

Title: UKIP Special Consultant

Career: Dick Morris recently guided the UK Independence Party through its successful European election campaign.

He was special advisor to former US President Bill Clinton for 20 years and was widely credited with masterminding his election victory in 1996 when Time magazine called him "the most influential private citizen in America."

He has also handled the winning campaigns for more than 30 US senators and governors and served as chief strategist to Mexico's President Vicente Fox and Argentina's former president Fernando de la Rua.


Germaine Greer

GERMAINE GREER

Title: Writer, Broadcaster and Academic

Career: Germaine Greer became a household name following the publication of her most famous work The Female Eunuch in 1970.

The feminist icon was born in Australia and left home at 17 to study English at Melbourne and Sydney Universities. In her mid-20s she won a scholarship to Cambridge and gained a PhD in 1967.

Germaine Greer is an accomplished author and her next book looks at race relations in Australia. She regularly sits on BBC Two's Newsnight Review panel and writes for the Daily Telegraph.




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