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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 July 2007, 15:55 GMT 16:55 UK
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The programme on Thursday 5 July was a special Schools Question Time programme with eight students working alongside the production team to make a programme of particular interest to young people. The programme came from London.

David Dimbleby was joined by Cabinet Office Minister Ed Miliband, Conservative shadow minister for community cohesion Sayeeda Warsi, television presenter Davina McCall, journalist and writer Douglas Murray and 18-year-old winner of the Schools Question Time panellist competition Charlie Bell.


Ed Miliband MP

Career: Ed Miliband has been promoted to the cabinet by Gordon Brown as Minister for the Cabinet Office. He was previously Minister for Charities.

Prior to his election in 2005, he worked since 1997 as a special adviser to the Chancellor in the Treasury. Seen as a 'Brownite', he is nonetheless said to be highly regarded by Tony Blair.

Ed is the younger brother of David Miliband - recently promoted to Foreign Secretary - and the son of the celebrated Marxist historian Ralph Miliband.


Sayeeda Warsi

Career: Sayeeda Warsi, a British-born Muslim of Pakistani origin has just been appointed to the Conservative shadow cabinet as Shadow Minister for community cohesion.

She is a former race adviser to Michael Howard and has also been Vice Chair of the Conservative Party with responsibility for taking the party's message to the inner cities.

She stood at the last election in 2005 but failed to win her seat and will take up her shadow cabinet role from the House of Lords.


Davina McCall

Career: Davina McCall is best-known for presenting Channel 4's Big Brother.

She landed her first presenting job with MTV in 1992 and went on to host various other television programmes, as well as the Brit Awards in 2000 and the BBC's charity show Comic Relief.

In 2000 she married Matthew Robertson, also a television presenter, and they have three children: Holly, Tilly and Chester.


Douglas Murray


Douglas Murray is a journalist and writer, who was recently described in the New York Sun as "Britain's only neo-conservative".

His book, Neo-conservatism: Why We Need It, was hailed as "the Right's answer to Michael Moore", and his comments about the rise of extremist Islam in Holland have led to his needing police protection when visiting the country.

In October, he wrote in The Guardian on the Iraq war: "For a conservative realist, the presence of all those jihadists in one place, with thousands of our troops there too, presents an opportunity to cut the number of terrorists a bit.

"For a conservative idealist, the chance to pull apart the jihad in Iraq not only improves our own security situation (unless zero attacks on the American homeland since 9/11 is some kind of miracle), it also helps Iraq recover from decades of brutality."


Charlie Bell

Profile: School leaver Charlie Bell is 18 years old and is planning a gap year before studying medicine at Cambridge University.

He won his place on the panel by taking part in the Schools Question Time competition in which 16-22 year olds were invited to send in one-minute video clips of themselves explaining why they should be given the chance to appear on the show.

Charlie attended Charterhouse School in Godalming, where he studied biology, chemistry, physics and German at A level.

Music is his passion. He plays the piano, organ and loves to sing.

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