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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 November 2006, 11:36 GMT
This Week's Panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political debate programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was broadcast from Burton Upon Trent.

David Dimbleby was joined by Minister for Europe Geoff Hoon, Former Conservative Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind, journalist and broadcaster Rageh Omaar, political and social campaigner Lady Meyer and chair of the Police Federation Jan Berry.

GEOFF HOON MP

Geoff Hoon MP

Title: Minister for Europe and Former Defence Secretary

Career: Geoff Hoon was recently reshuffled to the Foreign Office as Europe minister but still attends Cabinet.

He was made secretary of state for defence in 1999 and spent six years overseeing British forces in military action in Afghanistan and Iraq during which time he worked closely with his US counterpart Donald Rumsfeld.

He has suggested that Tony Blair should stand down before the elections next May saying that "a lot of people will be asking if it makes sense for him to carry on through those elections".


SIR MALCOLM RIFKIND MP

Sir Malcolm Rifkind

Title: Former Conservative Foreign Secretary

Career: Malcolm Rifkind is one of the most senior figures in the Conservative Party having been both Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary under John Major.

He is currently the Kensington and Chelsea MP, a seat previously held by Michael Portillo and Alan Clark. An opponent of the war in Iraq, he recently said that "military intervention might have to be considered" against Iran.


RAGEH OMAAR

Rageh Omaar

Title: Journalist and Broadcaster

Career: Rageh Omaar established himself as an internationally recognised journalist when he reported for the BBC during the American led invasion of Iraq.

It was during this time that he was nicknamed the "Scud Stud" by the New York Post.

Since leaving the BBC he has presented a number of documentaries and written two books. He is due to join Al Jazeera in the near future.


LADY MEYER

Lady Meyer

Title: Political and Social campaigner

Career: Catherine Meyer is the founder of PACT - Parents and Children Abducted Together - an organisation that fights parental child abduction.

She was also the co-chair of Vote 2004 which campaigned for a referendum on the European Constitution. She came to know Donald Rumsfeld, Hilary Clinton and many of the other key figures in US politics as wife of the former British Ambassador to Washington, Sir Christopher Meyer.


JAN BERRY

Jan Berry

Title: Chairman, Police Federation

Career: Jan is the first female chairman of the Police Federation. She became a police officer in 1973 and was made a Chief Inspector in 1997.

In the wake of the muder of PC Sharon Beshenivsky last year, Jan Berry called for more armed police officers.

Jan Berry supports the decision to hang Saddam Hussein.

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