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This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme, was in Milton Keynes on Thursday, 23 February 2006.

David Dimbleby was joined for the interactive debate by Alistair Darling MP, Theresa Villiers MP, Nigel Farage MEP, actor Art Malik and writer Cristina Odone.

Alistair Darling MP

Title: Secretary of State for Transport and Scotland

Career: Alistair Darling was appointed transport secretary following Stephen Byers's resignation in 2002.

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Also responsible for Scottish affairs, he was previously work and pensions secretary.

Mr Darling was chief secretary to the Treasury from 1997 to 1998 and worked closely with Gordon Brown.

Theresa Villiers MP

Title: Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Career: Theresa Villiers became an MP at the last general election.

Promoted to the Shadow Cabinet in December 2005, she is one of four women on David Cameron's frontbench team.

A former MEP, Theresa Villiers was a barrister before being elected to the European Parliament in 1999.

Nigel Farage MEP

Title: UK Independence Party (UKIP) MEP

Career: Nigel Farage is the leader of UKIP's 10 MEPs in the European Parliament.

He has been a member of UKIP since it was founded in 1993, traditionally campaigning for the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union.

This week the party launched a policy review to broaden its appeal by developing policies on a wider range of issues. Mr Farage said: "We will be repositioning ourselves to the right of centre because there is nobody else there."

Art Malik

Title: Actor

Career: Art Malik rose to international fame as Hari Kumar in the 1984 film The Jewel in the Crown.

He has featured in many films, including The Living Daylights and A Passage to India. More recently he played a leading role in BBC One's Holby City.

Art was born in Pakistan.

Cristina Odone

Title: Writer and Broadcaster

Career: Cristina Odone writes a column for The Observer and The Guardian and also regularly writes for The Times.

She broadcasts widely, on radio and television, and until December 2004 was deputy editor of The New Statesman.

For four years she edited The Catholic Herald. Cristina has also written two novels.

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


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