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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 July 2006, 09:31 GMT 10:31 UK
This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was broadcast from London on 6 July.

He was joined by Secretary of State for the Environment David Miliband MP, writer and broadcaster Richard Madeley, chairman of the 2012 London Olympics Organising Committee Lord Coe and Lib Dem Treasury Spokesman Julia Goldsworthy MP.

The fifth member of the panel was 20-year-old student Matt Pollard who was the winner of the Schools Question Time panel competition to find a voice on the programme for young people.

David Miliband MP

David Miliband MP

Title: Secretary of State for Environment

David Miliband was recently described by Tony Blair as the "Wayne Rooney" of the Cabinet.

One of the youngest members of the Cabinet, he is seen by some as the "Stop Gordon" successor to Blair.

Miliband is a strong supporter of top-up fees and among his ministerial briefs was that of schools minister between 2002-2004, before he entered the Cabinet as communities and local government minister in 2005.

In May this year Blair's "Rooney" was given the environment brief, pitting him head to head against David Cameron on one of the Tory leader's favourite topics.

Richard Madeley

Richard Madeley

Title: Writer and broadcaster

Richard Madeley - half of the hugely popular chat-show combination with wife Judy Finnigan - is one of television's most recognisable faces, with a considerable following among student fans.

Politically, Madeley has gone on record as a supporter of both the Iraq war and the Euro.

In the wake of the Danish cartoon row in February this year - sparked by the printing of images of the Prophet Mohammed - the cult presenter revealed himself to be a Christian.

Lord Coe

Lord Coe

Title: Chairman, London 2012 Olympic Games

Sebastian Coe was a record-breaking and medal-winning middle distance running legend throughout the 1980s.

He headed up, and was widely regarded as crucial to, London's winning Olympic bid for 2012. He is now in charge of planning a successful completion of the event.

Between 1992 and 1997 Coe was a Conservative MP, before gaining a place in the House of Lords and serving for a time in 1997 as William Hague's chief of staff and sometime judo partner.

During last year's Tory leadership race Lord Coe polled as the second most popular choice (after Kenneth Clarke) among the wider public to get the top job - even though he was not even standing for the post.

Julia Goldsworthy MP

Julia Goldsworthy MP

Title: Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesman

Julia Goldsworthy, Liberal Democrat shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, is at only 27 the party's latest rising star after snatching the seat of Falmouth and Camborne from Labour in 2005.

Charles Kennedy - whose forced resignation she was to later endorse - swiftly made her a health spokeswoman and she has recently been part of the Liberal Democrat Treasury team that has called for "health warnings" for debt and loan advertisements.

Julia took part in, and was runner up on, Channel Four hit show The Games earlier this year.

She recently said: "If you look around parliament, whether you're looking at ethnic minority balance, gender balance or age balance it's hopeless."

Matt Pollard

Matt Pollard

Title: The students' choice

Matt Pollard is the winner of our nation-wide search for a new young debater.

He is a student reading international relations at Exeter University and he says he enjoys a good debate. Prior to studying he was a barman at a restaurant for six months and then he went to Australia.

He was a participant in one of our Question Time audiences a couple of years ago and challenged the panel. Matt is 20 years old making him the youngest panellist to appear on Question Time.

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