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This week's panel
This week's Question Time is a special edition co-produced by students from four schools who won this year's Schools Question Time Challenge.

The programme on June 30 comes from Manchester. David Dimbleby is in the chair as usual and the panel chosen by the students are Tony Benn, Justine Greening MP, Lembit Opik MP, June Sarpong, and Otis Ferry.

Tony Benn
TONY BENN

Title: Former Cabinet Minister

Career: The veteran left-wing Labour MP stood down at the 2001 election after 50 years in politics.

He fought 17 parliamentary elections and served on his party's National Executive for more than 30 years.

Tony Benn opposed the war in Iraq and interviewed Saddam Hussein before the conflict started. His son is international development secretary Hilary Benn.


Justine Greening MP
JUSTINE GREENING MP

Title: Conservative

Career: Newly elected Justine Greening is the youngest female Tory MP. Her win in Putney was the party's first gain on election night.

On a congratulatory visit to her constituency the following morning, Michael Howard announced his intention to stand down as leader of the Conservative party.

Justine Greening is an accountant by profession.


Lembit Opik MP
LEMBIT OPIK MP

Title: Liberal Democrat Wales and Northern Ireland Spokesman

Career: Mr Opik remains Lib Dem Wales and Northern Ireland spokesman following the general election.
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Last summer he stood as a candidate to become president of the Liberal Democrats but lost out to Simon Hughes.

Lembit Opik suffered a near-death experience due to a paragliding accident in 1998. Ulster-born of Estonian refugee parents, he was a leading figure on the middle-way group on hunting.


June Sarpong
JUNE SARPONG

Title: TV Presenter and Make Poverty History Campaigner

Career: June Sarpong is known as the lip-glossed presenter of Channel 4's youth strand T4.

Earlier this year she interviewed Tony Blair for a documentary called "Tony and June" and chaired a discussion programme in which he was grilled by a young studio audience.

June Sarpong campaigns for the Make Poverty History coalition on behalf of Oxfam.


Otis Ferry
OTIS FERRY

Title: Joint master of the South Shropshire Hunt and Pro-hunt Protester

Career: The son of rock star Bryan Ferry is also England's youngest master of the hounds.

He was among eight protesters who were arrested for storming the House of Commons last year to mark their disgust at the ban on hunting.

The invasion was regarded as one of the most serious breeches of parliamentary security. Since his arrest he has said he will continue a campaign of peaceful protest against the ban.


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



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