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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 May 2005, 23:05 GMT 00:05 UK
This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme, was in Edinburgh on 19 May.

David Dimbleby was joined for the interactive debate by Anne McGuire MP, Annabel Goldie MSP, Matthew Taylor MP, Alex Salmond MP, and George Galloway MP.

Anne McGuire MP
ANNE MCGUIRE MP

Title: Work and Pensions Minister

Career: Anne McGuire was Deputy Scottish Secretary until the recent government reshuffle.

She has been MP for Stirling since 1997 when she ousted Conservative politician Michael (now Lord) Forsyth.

Stirling has been Labour both at Westminster and in the Scottish Parliament ever since.


Annabel Goldie MSP
ANNABEL GOLDIE MSP

Title: Conservative

Career: Annabel Goldie is Conservative justice and home affairs spokesperson in Holyrood.

She was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999 and was previously a self-employed partner in a law firm.

Annabel Goldie is a former deputy-convenor of the Scottish Parliament's Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Committee.


Matthew Taylor MP
MATTHEW TAYLOR MP

Title: Parliamentary Chairman, Liberal Democrats

Career: Matthew Taylor remains chairman of the parliamentary party following a reshuffle this week.

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He played a key role in the election campaign and the drafting of the party manifesto.

He was just 24 when first elected to the House of Commons. In 1999 he was chairman of Charles Kennedy's leadership campaign.


Alex Salmond MP
ALEX SALMOND MP

Title: Leader, Scottish National Party

Career: Alex Salmond's party gained two seats at the general election giving the SNP a total of six MPs.

Scotland's best known nationalist politician is SNP leader for the second time, having resigned from the post in July 2000 after 10 years in the job.

Briefly an MSP, he gave up Edinburgh in favour of remaining at Westminster but claims he will return to the Scottish Parliament in 2007.


George Galloway MP
GEORGE GALLOWAY MP

Title: Respect

Career: In one of the most remarkable results of the election, George Galloway overturned Labour candidate Oona King's 10,000 majority.

Standing on an anti-war ticket in Bethnal Green and Bow, he vehemently attacked Tony Blair in his acceptance speech.

This week he appeared before a senate committee hearing over accusations he profited from Iraq oil. He started his political life in the Labour party but was expelled in October 2003.


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




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