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This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme, was in Stratford, East London, on Thursday 27 October 2005.

David Dimbleby was joined by Jacqui Smith MP, Eric Forth MP, Nick Clegg MP, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Edwina Currie.

Jacqui Smith MP
JACQUI SMITH MP

Title: Schools Minister

Career: Number two to Ruth Kelly at the Department of Education, Jacqui Smith joined the government within two years of being elected to the House of Commons in 1997.

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A former economics teacher, after the 2001 election she became a Minister of State at the Department of Health.

In the June 2003 reshuffle she became a Department of Trade and Industry minister and deputy minister for women.


Eric Forth MP
ERIC FORTH MP

Title: Conservative

Career: Eric Forth is a prominent David Davis supporter in the Conservative leadership race.

He was shadow leader of the house from 2001 to 2003, and formerly served as a minister in the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Education during the last Conservative government.

He was a Member of the European Parliament from 1979 to 1984.


Nick Clegg MP
NICK CLEGG MP

Title: Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Europe

Career: The newly elected Liberal Democrat MP Nick Clegg was previously a Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands.

A member of the Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs team, he is a former speech writer for Sir Leon Brittan during his time as vice-president of the European Commission.

Mr Clegg is also a columnist for Guardian Unlimited, and regularly has articles published in the national and international press.


Tanni Grey-Thompson
DAME TANNI GREY-THOMPSON

Title: Paralympics Gold Medalist

Career: Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson is Britain's most successful paralympian with 11 gold medals in track events.

She has lobbied and promoted many issues associated with sport and disability.

She was made a dame in 2005 and she lives in Cleveland with her husband and daughter.


Edwina Currie
EDWINA CURRIE

Title: Novelist and Broadcaster

Career: Edwina Currie is the author of six novels and since leaving politics she has made a career in broadcasting.

Her diaries caused a sensation by revealing her affair with John Major who later became Prime Minister.

She was one of the nation's best known MPs after she issued a warning about salmonella in eggs and was forced to resign.


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



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