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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 March, 2005, 16:01 GMT 17:01 UK
This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme, was in Grimsby on 31 March.

David Dimbleby was joined for the interactive debate by Margaret Hodge MP, David Cameron MP, Lembit Opik MP, George Galloway MP and associate editor of The Daily Telegraph Alice Thomson.

Margaret Hodge MP
MARGARET HODGE MP

Title: Children's Minister

Career: Last week Mrs Hodge was involved in the launch of Labour's mini manifesto for children, which includes plans for healthier school meals.

Margaret Hodge was appointed to her current position in June 2003, becoming the first minister for children.

She was previously an education minister and leader of Islington Council for 10 years.


David Cameron MP
DAVID CAMERON MP

Title: Head of Conservative Party Policy Co-ordination

Career: David Cameron is co-ordinating the Conservative party's election manifesto.

He was promoted to Michael Howard's shadow cabinet in September 2004 and was 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.


Lembit Opik MP
LEMBIT OPIK MP

Title: Liberal Democrat Spokesman on Wales and Northern Ireland

Career: Last summer Lembit Opik was beaten by Simon Hughes to become president of the party.

He was appointed Liberal Democrat spokesman for Wales and Northern Ireland following the 2001 general election, and was a leading figure in the middle-way group on hunting.

Ulster-born of Estonian refugee parents, Mr Opik suffered a near-death experience due to a paragliding accident in 1998.


George Galloway MP
GEORGE GALLOWAY MP

Title: Independent MP, Respect

Career: Last year George Galloway sued The Daily Telegraph over articles published in 2003 and was awarded 150,000.

A Scottish politician and MP for Glasgow Kelvin, he started his political life in the Labour party but was expelled in October 2003 following controversial statements about the Iraq war.

He had been a Labour party organiser in 1977 and in 1980 became chairman of the Scottish Labour Party, at the age of 26 - one of the youngest in history.


Alice Thomson
ALICE THOMSON

Title: Associate Editor, The Daily Telegraph

Career: Alice Thomson recently called the government the "most persistent pushchair stalker".

She says the government is involved in all areas of children's lives but all children need from it is to be taught to read and write, with one square meal a day.

She began her career as a trainee at The Times before moving to The Daily Telegraph where she has been the deputy comment editor, a leader writer, restaurant reviewer and columnist.


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



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