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This week's panel: 19 January 2006
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme, was in Skegness on Thursday, 19 January 2006.

David Dimbleby was joined for the interactive debate by Chris Bryant MP, Alan Duncan MP, Sir Menzies Campbell MP, vice chair of the Respect Party Salma Yaqoob, and Sir Andrew Green of Migration Watch UK.

Chris Bryant MP
CHRIS BRYANT MP

Title: Labour

Career: A former youth chaplin, Chris Bryant left the Church to work for the Labour Party as Frank Dobson's election agent in 1991.

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In 1996 he turned to full-time writing, publishing biographies of Stafford Cripps and Glenda Jackson as well a history of Christian Socialism called Possible Dreams.

From 1998-2000 he was head of European affairs at the BBC. He became a Labour MP in 2001 and is parliamentary private secretary to Lord Falconer.


Alan Duncan MP
ALAN DUNCAN MP

Title: Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

Career: Alan Duncan backed David Cameron to succeed Michael Howard as leader of the Conservative Party.

Mr Duncan first joined the Tory front bench as health spokesman in 1998 and was appointed to his current position in December 2005. He is the first openly gay Tory MP.

A close ally of former Conservative leader William Hague, Alan Duncan supported Michael Portillo in the 2001 leadership contest. He also favoured John Kerry to win the US Presidential election in 2004.


Sir Menzies Campbell
SIR MENZIES CAMPBELL MP

Title: Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Liberal Democrat leadership candidate

Career: Sir Menzies Campbell is acting leader of the Liberal Democrats following Charles Kennedy's resignation, and is standing as an official leadership candidate.

Previously deputy leader, Sir Menzies Campbell speaks on foreign affairs issues for the Liberal Democrats.

Prior to entering politics he was an athlete, and competed in the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. He was knighted in 2004.


Salma Yaqoob
SALMA YAQOOB

Title: Vice chair of the Respect Party

Career: Salma Yaqoob is the national vice chair of Respect and chair of Birmingham Stop the War Coalition.

She is a trauma psychotherapist and became an anti-war campaigner after being spat at in the street shortly after the 11 September attacks in 2001.

At the last general election Salma stood as a Respect candidate in Birmingham and came second, ahead of the Liberal Democrat and Conservative candidates.


Sir Andrew Green
SIR ANDREW GREEN

Title: Chairman, Migration Watch UK

Career: Sir Andrew Green is the chairman of Migration Watch UK, the independent organisation which "believes that there are clear benefits to be gained from limited immigration and from our own citizens being able to live and work overseas".

A British diplomat for 35 years, he was ambassador to Syria (1991-94) and director for the Middle East in the Foreign Office, before serving for four and a half years as ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

Sir Andrew founded Migration Watch UK in 2001.


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



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