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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 October 2006, 10:43 GMT 11:43 UK
This Week's Panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political debate programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was broadcast from Exeter on 26 October.

David Dimbleby was joined by Environment Minister Ben Bradshaw MP, former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown, former Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party Michael Ancram MP, former Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee Dame Pauline Neville-Jones and Editor at Large of the Independent on Sunday Janet Street Porter.

BEN BRADSHAW MP

Ben Bradshaw MP

Title: Environment Minister and former Foreign Office Minister

Career: The Exeter MP and former BBC journalist was a Foreign Office Minister at the time of the September 11 attacks in America and later became an outspoken defender of the government's actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Before becoming Environment Minister he was Deputy Leader of the House of Commons.


LORD ASHDOWN

Paddy Ashdown

Title: Former Leader, Liberal Democrats

Career: Paddy Ashdown was leader of the Liberal Democrats until 1999. His successor, Charles Kennedy, described him as the "most successful leader of the Liberals in the past 70 years."

He was later made High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina and held that position until the beginning of this year.

In June he cautioned against withdrawing from Iraq "too early."


MICHAEL ANCRAM MP

Michael Ancram MP

Title: Former Deputy Leader, Conservative Party

Career: Michael Ancram has held many of the most senior positions in the Conservative Party in recent years - Shadow Foreign Secretary, Shadow Defence Secretary, Party Chairman and Deputy Leader.

He was also a Northern Ireland minister under John Major.

An outspoken supporter of the Iraq war, he decided in April that "the time has come for our troops to leave Iraq with dignity and honour."


DAME PAULINE NEVILLE-JONES

Dame Pauline Neville Jones

Title: Former Chair, Joint Intelligence Committee

Career: Dame Pauline was the first woman to chair the Joint Intelligence Committee - the committee which became the focus of intense attention during the Hutton Inquiry.

She was also John Major's foreign affairs adviser and the former Director of Political Affairs at the Foreign Office, as well as being a former governor of the BBC.


JANET STREET PORTER

Janet Street Porter

Title: Editor at Large, Independent on Sunday

Career: Janet Street Porter is one of the most well-known writers and broadcasters in the country.

She was previously the Editor of the Independent on Sunday before becoming Editor at Large and she is Vice-President of the Ramblers Association.

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