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This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme chaired by David Dimbleby, will be in Manchester on 20 January.

He will be joined for the interactive debate by Leader of the House of Lords Baroness Amos, Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party Michael Ancram MP, Liberal Democrat Susan Kramer, singer/songwriter Billy Bragg and former UK Special Representative to Iraq Sir Jeremy Greenstock.

Baroness Amos


Title: Leader of the House of Lords

Career: Baroness Amos was previously International Development Secretary and has helped develop policy on Africa.

Born in Guyana, she became the first black woman to sit in the cabinet when she replaced Clare Short, who resigned over the war in Iraq. She has also been a Foreign Office minister.

Lady Amos, who became a life peer in 1997, canvassed African leaders for support in the run-up to the war in Iraq. She supports reform for a fully elected House of Lords.

Michael Ancram MP


Title: Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party

Career: Michael Ancram's party has unveiled plans to save 35bn in government spending.

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He has retained his position as Shadow Foreign Secretary and has argued that the Tories are determined to stop Tony Blair railroading in an EU constitution.

He stood as a candidate in his party's leadership contest in 2001, having previously helped run the Conservatives' general election campaign as party chairman.

Susan Kramer


Title: Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate

Career: Susan Kramer was a candidate for London Mayor in 2000 and is on the Transport for London Board.

She has been selected as a prospective candidate for the parliamentary constituency of Richmond Park, currently held by fellow Liberal Democrat Jenny Tonge.

She is a successful businesswoman and also sees herself as a true Londoner. Born in Holborn, she now lives in Barnes with her husband.

Billy Bragg


Title: Singer/Songwriter

Career: Billy Bragg has opposed the Iraq war. His track 'The Price of Oil' was recorded for a Stop the War compilation.

Before the last general election, he launched a tactical voting campaign to unseat the Conservative MP in his Dorset constituency. He has also campaigned for reform of the House of Lords.

In 1984, he supported the miners strike and helped form Red Wedge, an initiative to persuade young people to vote Labour in the 1987 general election.

Sir Jeremy Greenstock


Title: UK Special Representative to Iraq, 2003-2004

Career: Sir Jeremy says that elections in Iraq should go ahead as planned at the end of January.

A staunch defender of the Iraq war, he was sent there in September 2003 to help end the chaos in the country since the formal end of hostilities.

He was British Ambassador to the UN in the run up to the war in Iraq. He joined the Foreign Office in 1969 and has spent most of his diplomatic career involved with the Middle East.

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


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