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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 May 2007, 15:34 GMT 16:34 UK
This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political debate programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was in Norwich on 17 May.

David Dimbleby was joined by Secretary of State for Scotland and Transport Douglas Alexander, shadow leader of the House of Commons Theresa May, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment and Rural Affairs Chris Huhne, editor-at-large of the Daily Telegraph Jeff Randall and actress and columnist Clemency Burton-Hill.


Douglas Alexander

Career: Douglas Alexander is the secretary of state for Scotland and transport.

After joining the Labour Party as a schoolboy, he entered politics in 1990 as a speech writer and parliamentary researcher for Gordon Brown.

Having first stood for parliament while still a student, he was elected as the MP for Paisley South in November 1997. After holding a number of positions in government, including Minister for E-Commerce, and Minister for Europe, he was promoted to the cabinet last year, simultaneously taking on the posts of transport secretary and secretary of state for Scotland.

He is regarded as one of Gordon Brown's closest political allies and is expected to be a key figure in any cabinet formed by the next prime minister.


Theresa May

Career: Theresa May is the Conservative shadow leader of the House of Commons.

After eight years as a local councillor, she was elected as the MP for Maidenhead in 1997 and was promoted to the shadow cabinet in 1999, when she became shadow education and employment secretary.

In July 2002 she became the first ever female chairman of the Conservative Party and made headlines with her speech at that year's party conference, in which she said: "There's a lot we need to do in this party of ours. You know what some people call us: the nasty party."


Chris Huhne

Career: Chris Huhne is the Liberal Democrat shadow secretary of state for the environment and rural affairs.

He was the runner up in the last Liberal Democrat leadership, which saw Sir Menzies Campbell elected as leader.

After five years as the MEP for South East England, he was elected as the MP for Eastleigh in 2005 and served as a shadow treasury spokesman under Charles Kennedy.

Before entering politics he worked in the City and has written a number of books on economic and development issues.


Jeff Randall

Career: Jeff Randall is the editor-at-large of the Daily Telegraph.

He was business editor of BBC News before joining the Telegraph in 2005.

He has also been assistant editor and sports editor of The Sunday Times and won the London Press Club's Business Journalist of the Year Award in 2000.

He is known to be on close terms with press baron Rupert Murdoch and brokered a truce between Murdoch and former Tory chairman Michael Ashcroft when Ashcroft sued the Times for libel. He recently revealed that while at the BBC he was rebuked for wearing Union Jack cufflinks on air.


Clemency Burton-Hill

Career: Clemency Burton-Hill is an actress and columnist who recently starred in BBC Two's Party Animals.

She has written for a number of newspapers and magazines, including The Telegraph, The Guardian and the New Statesman, and is a contributing editor of The Spectator.

She recently wrote of the contest between Gordon Brown and David Cameron: "Its result will be a referendum on rebranding".

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