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This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme, was in Manchester on Thursday 6 October 2005.

David Dimbleby was joined by Douglas Alexander MP, Francis Maude MP, Jo Swinson MP, executive editor of the Evening Standard Anne McElvoy and TV historian Dr David Starkey.

Douglas Alexander MP
DOUGLAS ALEXANDER MP

Title: Minister for Europe

Career: Douglas Alexander was in Luxembourg this week with Foreign Secretary Jack Straw for the talks on Turkey's accession to the EU.

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Promoted to his current post following the election, Mr Alexander attends Cabinet.

Previous roles include positions at the Department of Trade and Industry and the Cabinet Office. He also worked as a researcher for Gordon Brown in 1990.


Francis Maude MP
FRANCIS MAUDE MP

Title: Conservative Party Chairman

Career: At the Conservative Party Conference this week, Francis Maude said: "We have no God-given right to survive, let alone succeed."

Brought back to frontline politics by Michael Howard following the election, Mr Maude has enjoyed stints at the Foreign Office, Treasury and DTI under former Conservative administrations.

He was Michael Portillo's campaign manager during the 2001 Tory leadership contest.


Jo Swinson MP
JO SWINSON MP

Title: Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Arts

Career: Jo Swinson is the youngest MP in the House of Commons at 25 years old.

Elected at the 2005 General Election, she stood against John Prescott in Hull East in 2001.

Jo Swinson has been an active member of the Liberal Democrats since 1997.


Anne McElvoy
ANNE MCELVOY

Title: Executive Editor, Evening Standard

Career: Anne McElvoy was born and educated in Country Durham.

After graduating, she joined the Times and became a foreign correspondent. She witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall, the unification of Germany and the break up of Yugoslavia.

After a spell at the Spectator and the Independent she joined the Standard where she currently writes on domestic and international issues.

She has many interests but one of them is the history of New Labour.


Dr David Starkey
DR DAVID STARKEY

Title: TV Historian, Academic and Writer

Career: David Starkey is an accomplished Tudor historian and lectured history at the London School of Economics.

He has presented his own show for Talk Radio and been a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4's Moral Maze. It was during this time that the description "the rudest man in Britain" was used on the front page of the Daily Mail.

He is currently presenting his second series on the British royal family, called Monarchy.


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



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