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Last Updated: Thursday, 19 October 2006, 14:04 GMT 15:04 UK
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Question Time, the BBC's premier political debate programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was broadcast from Preston on 19 October.

David Dimbleby was joined by former chief whip Hilary Armstrong MP, shadow leader of the House of Commons, Theresa May MP, Liberal Democrat's environment spokesman Chris Huhne MP, actor and writer Hardeep Singh Kohli and vice chair of Respect Salma Yaqoob.

HILARY ARMSTRONG

Hilary Armstrong MP

Title: Cabinet Minister for Social Exclusion

Career: Formerly the chief whip, Hilary Armstrong is one of Tony Blair's closest Cabinet colleagues.

She took on her new role in the cabinet after the last reshuffle following the May local elections and is in charge of two of the prime minister's policy units.


THERESA MAY
Theresa May MP

Title: Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

Career: Before taking up her current position, Theresa May was the chairman of the Conservative party and the shadow secretary of state for the family.

Ms May's shadow cabinet colleague, the shadow home secretary David Davis, has warned that the row over Muslim women wearing veils shows how Britain risks creating a system of "voluntary apartheid".


CHRIS HUHNE
Chris Huhne MP

Title: Liberal Democrat Environment Spokesman

Career: Chris Huhne was the runner up in the recent Liberal Democrat leadership race at the beginning of the year which saw Sir Menzies Campbell elected as leader.

Before entering Parliament, he was MEP for South East England.


HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI
Hardeep Singh Kohli

Title: Actor and writer

Career: The Sikh Glaswegian was the star of the Channel 4 sitcom "Meet the Magoons" and presented a Channel 4 series exploring issues of sex, religion, race and family.

He has been a presenter on the current affairs strand "The Last Word" and on the BBC's "Newsnight Review".


SALMA YAQOOB
Salma Yaqoob

Title: Vice Chair, Respect

Career: Salma was born in Bradford to Pakistani parents and grew up in Birmingham and is the head of the Birmingham Stop the War Coalition as well as being a Birmingham City Councillor.

Respect's founder, George Galloway, has called for Jack Straw to resign following his suggestion that Muslim women should remove their veils.



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