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8 July 2004
The BBC's premier political programme takes on a disctinctively youthful feel in London on 8 July with a panel chosen by the winners of the Schools Question Time Challenge. Joining David Dimbleby for the interactive debate are David Lammy MP, Boris Johnson MP, Sarah Teather MP, comedian Jimmy Carr and NUS president Kat Fletcher.

David Lammy MP


Title: Constitutional Affairs Minister

Career: David Lammy has been hailed as the man who could become Britain's first black prime minister.

Labour's rising star was the youngest MP to enter the Commons when he won the Tottenham by-election in 2000 following the death of Bernie Grant. He is also the youngest government minister.
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Lammy joined the ministerial ranks after two years as an MP and was the youngest barrister in the country when he qualified in 1994 and the first black Briton to study at Harvard University in the United States.

Boris Johnson MP


Title: Shadow Arts Minister

Career: Michael Howard recently promoted Boris Johnson to his frontbench during a shadow cabinet mini-reshuffle.

Well known for his appearances on Have I Got News For You, Mr Johnson has continued his role as editor of the Spectator which provides an ample platform for his colourful views.

Educated at Eton and Oxford, the Henley MP is vociferously eurosceptic but supported pro-European Ken Clarke in the 2001 Conservative leadership contest.

Sarah Teather MP


Title: Lib Dem spokeswoman on health issues

Career: Forty-six days after becoming the Commons' youngest MP Sarah Teather secured a place on the Liberal Democrat's front bench.

She chairs the Lib Dem's health policy working group, and has spoken out on environmental issues such as the link between air pollution and ill health.

The former Islington councillor was 29 when she won the usually safe Labour seat of Brent East in a by-election last year.

Jimmy Carr


Title: Comedian

Career: Dapper and deadpan comedian Jimmy Carr is currently presenting his second series of the Channel 4 gameshow Distraction.

In 2003, the writer and performer won Time Out's best stand-up award and was named best on-screen newcomer by the Royal Television Society.

Carr has appeared on a variety of shows including Parkinson and Have I Got News For You. He is returning to the Edinburgh Festival this year after selling out an entire month's worth of shows in 2003.


Title: NUS President

Career: Snce becoming the new president of the National Union of Students, Kat Fletcher has accused the government of "betraying students".

The 24-year-old, who recently completed a degree in social policy at Leeds University, says Labour will be fighting for their seats at the general election because of the introduction of top-up fees.

Before becoming the 50th president of the NUS last week, she spent two years as the union's women's officer and during her studies in 2003, was a part-time member of its National Executive Committee.

BBC One's Question Time is broadcast this Thursday at 22:35 GMT.


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