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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 November 2006, 10:41 GMT
This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political debate programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was broadcast from London on 2 November.

David Dimbleby was joined by former home secretary Charles Clarke MP, former Conservative deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine, leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Menzies Campbell, writer and broadcaster Amanda Platell and Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens.

CHARLES CLARKE MP

Former home secretary Charles Clarke MP

Title: Former Home Secretary

Career: Charles Clarke was the high profile casualty of the May 2006 reshuffle when Tony Blair sacked him as home secretary.

He was offered a "number of alternative posts in government" but turned them down.

In September he attacked Gordon Brown describing him as a "control freak", "deluded" and "uncollegiate". He has also criticised his successor John Reid for claiming that the Home Office was "not fit for purpose".


MICHAEL HESELTINE

Former Conservative deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine

Title: Former Conservative deputy Prime Minister

Career: Michael Heseltine heads David Cameron's "regeneration task force" which aims to win back Conservative support in urban areas.

He was both president of the Board of Trade and deputy prime minister in the Major government and defence and environment secretary in the Thatcher government.


SIR MENZIES CAMPBELL MP

Leader Liberal Democrats Sir Menzies Campbell

Title: Leader, Liberal Democrats

Career: Menzies Campbell was elected last March as leader of the Liberal Democrats succeeding Charles Kennedy.

He was elected to parliament in 1987 and gained a reputation as an expert in foreign affairs.

He recently led calls for a full parliamentary debate over whether troops should be withdrawn from Iraq.

He is a former Olympic athlete.


AMANDA PLATELL

Writer and broadcaster Amanda Platell

Title: Writer and broadcaster

Career: Amanda Platell was William Hague's press secretary up to the 2001 general election during which she filmed a secret campaign video diary.

Born in Perth, Australia, Platell was once Alistair Campbell's boss at the Mirror before taking over the helm at the Sunday Express.

She recently presented a Channel 4 current affairs series with Piers Morgan.


PETER HITCHENS

Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens

Title: Mail on Sunday columnist

Career: Peter Hitchens is a controversial Mail on Sunday columnist, who has reported for over 25 years.

He is a former Moscow and Washington correspondent and has reported from most parts of the world.

He describes political correctness as the "biggest dictatorship of thought since the Reformation".

On the environment, he says: "It has yet to be proved that global warming results from human activity. It's still open to debate."




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