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Last Updated: Friday, 2 February 2007, 07:05 GMT
This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was in Doncaster on 1 February.

He was joined by Constitutional Affairs Minister Harriet Harman MP, Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley MP, Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten, the columnist and historian Tristram Hunt and the broadcaster and documentary maker Sarfraz Manzoor.

HARRIET HARMAN MP

Harriet Harman MP

Career: Harriet Harman is the Constitutional Affairs Minister, having previously been the UK's first female Solicitor General.

She announced in September that she is putting her name forward as a contender for the Deputy Leadership of the Labour Party.

She backs Gordon Brown as Tony Blair's successor and has said that the Prime Minister's approach to foreign policy has "become a symbol of mistrust and division".

She is married to the Labour Party's Treasurer, Jack Dromey, who accused Number 10 of "impropriety" in the 'cash for peerages' scandal.


ANDREW LANSLEY MP

Andrew Lansley MP

Career: Andrew Lansley is the Conservative Shadow health secretary.

Before his election to parliament in 1997, he worked as a private secretary to Norman Tebbit, who was then party chairman.

Mr Lansley was Director of the Conservative Research Department during the successful 1992 election campaign.


MARK OATEN MP

Mark Oaten MP

Career: Mark Oaten has been the Liberal Democrat MP for Winchester since May 1997.

He was considered a rising star in the party, becoming Home Affairs spokesman in 2003.

In the wake of Charles Kennedy's resignation, he became a contender for the party leadership.

He resigned his home affairs brief in January 2006 following newspapers allegations about his private life.


TRISTRAM HUNT

Tristram Hunt

Career: Tristram Hunt is a historian, columnist and TV personality.

He first came to prominence during his BBC series, The English Civil War, and went on to represent Sir Isaac Newton in the BBC's 100 Greatest Britons poll.

Tristram regularly broadcasts on Radio 4, and has a column in The Observer.

After studying at Cambridge University and the University of Chicago, he was made a fellow of the left wing think tank, Institute for Public Policy Research.


SARFRAZ MANZOOR

Sarfraz Manzoor

Career: Sarfraz Manzoor is a writer, broadcaster and documentary-maker.

He was previously a commissioning editor at Channel 4, after working as a producer and reporter for Channel 4 News for five years. He was born in Pakistan and moved to Britain as a young child.

In a recent article commenting on the recent trend against multiculturalism, Manzoor wrote: "As the clamour for British Muslims to integrate grows louder, it is worth remembering that, amid all the negatives arising from living inside a tightly knit community, there are also positives worth retaining - the greater the integration, the weaker the sense of community."

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