[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 May 2006, 15:55 GMT 16:55 UK
This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme, was in Canterbury on Thursday, 18 May, 2006.

David Dimbleby was joined for the interactive debate by Harriet Harman MP, Ken Clarke MP, Simon Hughes MP, Baroness Helena Kennedy, and writer Frederick Forsyth.

Harriet Harman MP

Title: Minister for Constitutional Affairs

Career: Harriet Harman has been constitutional affairs minister since 2005.

She was previously the first female Solicitor General and prior to that she was secretary of state for social security.

Harriet is married to the Labour party treasurer Jack Dromey who has complained that "rich men are too influential at Downing Street".

Ken Clarke MP

Title: Former Home Secretary and Former Chancellor

Career: Kenneth Clarke remains one of the Conservative Party's most senior and important figures.

Text your comments to 83981
Read comments on Ceefax page 155
Send and read comments on the website
The former chancellor and home secretary is famed for his love of cigars, jazz and classic cars.

He was recently appointed by David Cameron to head the party's democracy task force which is considering ways of improving the workings of government.

Simon Hughes MP

Title: President of the Liberal Democrats

Career: Simon Hughes was recently a contender for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats.

In July last year, he was also appointed as the party's spokesperson on constitutional affairs. Prior to that, he was the party's home affairs spokesman.

Simon has been a London MP since 1983 and he drives an old London taxi.

Frederick Forsyth

Title: Novelist and Columnist

Career: Frederick Forsyth has written a succession of best-sellers, many of which have been turned into box-office blockbusters such as Dogs of War, The Fourth Protocol and The Day of the Jackal.

He also writes a weekly column for the Express.

He recently supported David Davis in the Conservative leadership election.

Baroness Helena Kennedy

Title: Criminal Lawyer and Women's Rights Campaigner

Career: Helena Kennedy is a barrister who sits on the Labour benches in the House of Lords.

She campaigns on issues concerned with human rights, civil liberties, social justice and culture.

She recently chaired the Power Commission and was chair of the British Council.

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


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific