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This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was in Cambridge on 13 January.

He was joined for the interactive debate by Constitutional Affairs Secretary Lord Falconer, Shadow Deregulation Secretary John Redwood MP, Green Party MEP Caroline Lucas, comic writer, producer and director Armando Iannucci and Daily Mail foreign correspondent Ann Leslie.

Lord Falconer


Title: Constitutional Affairs Secretary and Lord Chancellor

Career: Lord Falconer is in charge of legal reform including the Freedom of Information Act which came into force last week.

He has previously served at the Home Office and the Cabinet Office where he was given responsibility for the Millennium Dome after the resignation of Peter Mandelson.

He has been a friend of Tony Blair's since childhood and they shared a flat in the early days of their legal careers, before going on to be neighbours in Islington.

John Redwood MP


Title: Shadow Deregulation Secretary

Career: John Redwood returned to frontline politics in 2004 and was put in charge of a new brief, deregulation.

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He is a fierce critic of both the euro and the European Union. His return to the Shadow Cabinet was seen as helping the party win back supporters from UKIP.

He was head of Number 10's policy unit during Mrs Thatcher's second term, and he is a champion of privatisation believing in smaller government and low taxes.

Caroline Lucas MEP


Title: Principal Speaker, Green Party

Career: Elected in 1999, Caroline Lucas is now one of two Green Party MEPs. She represents the south east of England.

She is against the EU constitution, arguing that it will commit all member states to increase military capabilities. Her party has been very critical of the war in Iraq.

She is opposed to the single currency and has written publications on a range of issues, including the World Trade Organisation, globalisation and transport.

Armando Iannucci


Title: Comic writer, producer and director

Career: Armando Iannucci created the BAFTA winning 'I'm Alan Partridge', with Steve Coogan as a failed chat-show host.

After working on 'The Day Today', he went on to write and present the topical 'The Friday Night Armistice' for BBC Two, and hosted a live 'Election Night Armistice' in 1997.

He is the only person to have received a Special British Comedy Award, granted for his unique contribution to television and radio comedy.

Ann Leslie (pic: Daily Mail)


Title: Foreign Correspondent, Daily Mail

Career: Ann Leslie has reported on wars, conflicts and political stories in around 70 countries.

Significant events she has reported on include the fall of the Berlin wall, the failed coup against Mikhail Gorbachev and Nelson Mandela's final walk to freedom.

She has won several British Press Awards and in 1999 was given the prestigious James Cameron Award for "an outstanding contribution to journalism".

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


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