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This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme, was in Caernarfon on 16 June.

David Dimbleby was joined for the interactive debate by Clare Short MP, Iain Duncan Smith MP, Plaid Cymru's Helen Mary Jones AM, Marc Roche of Le Monde, and writer and broadcaster Rod Liddle.

Clare Short MP

Title: Labour

Career: The former international development secretary has criticised the Live 8 concerts saying they "demean" suffering in Africa.

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Clare Short resigned from Tony Blair's cabinet two months after the start of military action in Iraq, claiming he was "obsessed by his place in history".

She also resigned from Neil Kinnock's shadow cabinet twice. Before becoming an MP she was a Home Office civil servant and a director of various race, youth and unemployment organisations.

Iain Duncan Smith MP

Title: Conservative

Career: Former leader of the Conservative party Iain Duncan Smith resigned in October 2003 after losing a vote of no confidence.

Mr Duncan Smith became leader in 2001 and describes current debate over the party's leadership election as "shuffling deck chairs".

Now on the backbenches, he has set up the Centre for Social Justice. A Eurosceptic, Iain Duncan Smith was one of the Maastricht rebels under John Major's government.

Helen Mary Jones AM

Title: Plaid Cymru

Career: Helen Mary Jones is Plaid Cymru spokesperson for the environment, planning and the countryside in the Welsh Assembly.

She is also the party's equal opportunities director.

First elected to the Welsh Assembly in 1999, she lost her seat but was returned as an AM via her place on the regional list.

Marc Roche

Title: UK correspondent, Le Monde

Career: Based in London, Marc Roche has been covering British news for the French press for nearly 20 years.

He describes himself as a strong Europhile and would be happy to live in a European superstate.

He does not support Britain's EU rebate and believes that Tony Blair's attack on farming subsidies is unjust as British farmers also benefit from the CAP.

Rod Liddle

Title: Writer and Broadcaster

Career: Writer and broadcaster Rod Liddle is associate editor of The Spectator.

He also writes a column for Country Life and is a regular contributor to The Times.

A former editor of BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Rod Liddle previously worked on The South Wales Echo and Western Mail. He used to be a speechwriter for the Labour party.

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


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