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This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was in Leeds on 6 January.

He was joined for the interactive debate by former International Development Secretary Clare Short MP, Shadow International Development Secretary Alan Duncan MP, Liberal Democrat elections strategist Lord Razzall, Director of Oxfam UK Barbara Stocking and journalist and broadcaster David Aaronovitch.

Clare Short MP

CLARE SHORT MP

Title: Former International Development Secretary

Career: Clare Short wants the UN to lead the international relief effort for victims of the Asian tsunami.

She is one of the country's most plain-speaking politicians, having resigned from the Labour frontbench three times, most recently over Iraq.

Never afraid to take on the Labour leadership, she called on Tony Blair to resign over the war in Iraq and last year accused Britain of routinely bugging UN officials.


Alan Duncan MP

ALAN DUNCAN MP

Title: Shadow International Development Secretary

Career: Alan Duncan has encouraged the government and British people to support victims of the tsunami.

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He has been Conservative spokesman on international development since September and used his party conference speech to highlight the Aids crisis.

He is openly gay and has urged his colleagues in the party to join him in supporting the rights of gay couples.


Lord Razzall

LORD TIM RAZZALL

Title: Liberal Democrat Election Strategist

Career: Lord Razzall is a key Liberal Democrat election strategist and directed their 2001 election campaign.

He is Liberal Democrat spokesman on Trade and Industry in the House of Lords and was a successful lawyer and businessmen before entering politics.

His daughter, Katie was on honeymoon in Sri Lanka and witnessed the Asian tsunami which struck two weeks ago. She was forced to run to high ground for safety.


Barbara Stocking - copyright Oxfam

BARBARA STOCKING

Title: Director, Oxfam UK

Career: Barbara Stocking is the first female director of Oxfam, one of 12 charities forming the Disasters Emergency Committee.

She has said the Asian tsunami crisis reinforces the need for the world to double aid spending, cut the debt of poorest nations and help them break out of poverty.

Before joining Oxfam, she worked for the NHS and the World Health Organisation in Africa. She has been awarded the CBE for her work.


David Aaronovitch

DAVID AARONOVITCH

Title: Journalist and Broadcaster

Career: David Aaronovitch is a columnist and sketch writer for the Guardian.

He has appeared on numerous radio and television programmes since his television debut as a contestant on University Challenge in 1975.

He was sympathetic to the war in Iraq which left him at odds with many of his fellow left wing commentators.


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

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