Question Time


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This week's panel

Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme, was in Stanley, County Durham, on Thursday 13 October 2005.

David Dimbleby was joined by Ben Bradshaw MP, David Cameron MP, Mark Oaten MP, the writer Muriel Gray and Ann Leslie of the Daily Mail.

Ben Bradshaw MP

Title: Environment Minister

Career: Ben Bradshaw was a journalist before becoming an MP and worked as a reporter on BBC Radio 4 for the World at One and the World This Weekend.

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He is currently environment minister at the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

He previously held positions at the Department of Health and the Foreign Office.

David Cameron MP

Title: Shadow Education Minister

Career: Conservative party leadership contender David Cameron is one of the favourites in the race.

In charge of co-ordinating the last manifesto, David Cameron was promoted to Michael Howard's shadow cabinet in September 2004.

Previously deputy party chairman and shadow local government minister, before becoming an MP he worked on the Prime Minister's Questions briefing team for both Margaret Thatcher and John Major.

Mark Oaten MP

Title: Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesman

Career: Mark Oaten has said the Liberal Democrats will not give the government a blank cheque over its anti-terror legislation.

Previously parliamentary private secretary to Charles Kennedy and a member of the Liberal Democrat foreign affairs team, he famously defeated the former Conservative Gerry Malone in the Winchester by-election after beating him by two votes in the 1997 general election.

Mark Oaten worked in PR before becoming an MP.

Muriel Gray

Title: Writer and Broadcaster

Career: Muriel Gray started her television career presenting Channel 4's music show The Tube with Paula Yates and Jools Holland.

This led to a 20-year career in television and radio, encompassing everything from the arts and entertainment to long-running factual and current affairs series.

She is known for her opinions and writes for various newspapers but recently has turned her talents to writing horror stories.

Ann Leslie

Title: Journalist, Daily Mail

Career: Ann Leslie is the Daily Mail's special correspondent.

She was given her first column at the Express at the age of 22 and moved to the Mail in the early 1970s.

For the past 30 years she has witnessed and reported on uprisings and massacres all over the world as well as the fall of the Berlin wall, the failed coup against Michael Gorbachev and Nelson Mandela's final walk to freedom.

BBC One's Question Time is on Thursdays, this week at 2240 BST.

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