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Suggest a panellist

Let the Question Time team know who you would like to be included on the panel in future programmes - and why.

A selection of viewers' suggestions are published below.


Your suggestions:

Kaliya Franklin, founder of disability rights group The Broken of Britain. The group is run by and for disabled people, and is running a campaign against Disability Living Allowance reform. The public consultation on DLA reform closes on February 14th and disabled people fear the outcome of the government's proposed reforms.
Rhydian Fôn James, Caernarfon

Alastair Campbell. Quite simply, he tells it how it is.
David Holmes, Blackpool

The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow. It would be interesting to hear the views of a man who should by definition remain independent of party politics, yet who has also been a former Conservative MP, and whose avid Labour supporting wife has appeared on the show.
Luke Barton, Cambridge

I suggest journalist and activist Laurie Penny, who writes for the New Statesman and has accompanied student protesters on many actions in the last several weeks. She is very clear-thinking and articulate, and has had a lot of contact with the young people who clearly care deeply about current events and decisions in this country. She would make an excellent and popular panellist.
Gabriel Bodard, London

I suggest the brilliant, prolific essayist and ex-prison doctor Theodore Dalrymple. With his immense wealth of literary and practical experience and his acute concern for what is happening in British society, his contributions would I think be highly interesting and valuable.
Gavin, London

A panel absent of politicians. Instead, purely leaders in the fields of the Arts and Business etc. Would be interesting to hear how the current economic policies are affecting their areas of expertise.
Marope, London

Dr. Mahmood Chandia. He'll be able to put to bed any misinterpretations of Islam.
Akram Hussain, Manchester

Michael Gove - Education is one of the most disputed policy areas for the coalition, and Michael Gove one of its most controversial figures. He is always fiery in interviews and has exceedingly clear means of expression.
Ben Norris, Hertfordshire

You should include scientists more often; their intelligence & logic is always illuminating. e.g. Robert Winston, Brian Cox and Marcus du Sautoy.
Maurice Boiardi, London

Douglas Batchelor, chief exec of the League Against Cruel Sports. With hunting back on the political agenda, I think he'd be a very interesting guest.
Steve, Plymouth

My suggestion is actually a new seat called the fact checker seat. This person's role is check any fibs that have been told during the live debate and pull up politicians for giving incorrect facts during the debate. I don't mind doing this role. When Nigel Farage and Kenneth Clarke are disputing facts on immigration I want to know the truth. I also think it will keep politicians on guard.
Amit Hindocha

Daniel Hannan. He was brilliant way back in 2009 when he was on during the Euro elections. Easily the most eloquent politician. The BBC needs Daniel Hannan to bring some much needed common sense.
Max Jewell, Portsmouth

I suggest BBC should invite more Muslim experts and audience members, when a topic on Islam is under debate.
Abdul Khalique, Birmingham

Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham and parliamentary private secretary to the leader of the opposition (because he is a supporter of the labour leader, a keen ambassador for young voters and he has been repeatedly highlighted as an influential figure in UK politics - I realise Chuka has been on Question Time before, but I think it would be very interesting to hear his position on the direction of the labour party as opposition.
Alex Howard, Dartford

I would love to see broadcasters James O'Brien and James Whale. Both would contribute greatly to your brilliant programme!
Marion Schultz, Broxbourne

Professor Matthew Flinders, Department of Politics, Sheffield University. An acknowledged expert on quangos it would be interesting to hear his views on the reality of the "bonfire of the quangos" proposed by the current government. As a constitutional political scientist issues such as the reform of the House of Lords, the voting system and the number of MPs also comes very much in his area of specialism.
Julian, London

Nick Robinson - he seems to know it all as does Tom Bradby. They tell us what to think all the time. I would love to see them get a gruelling by the general public for a change.
Simon, Liverpool

Carol McGiffin. Honest, frank and what the panel needs.
Jon, Edinburgh

The film maker, Michael Moore.
Ray Riley, Pontefract

Terry Pratchett, I would like to hear his opinion on supply of Alzheimer's disease drugs and euthanasia.
Robert, Liverpool

Nick Hewer, from The Apprentice. Business acumen and a brilliant line in razor-sharp put-downs.
Martin Grocock, London

Baroness Sue Campbell, Chair of the Youth Sport Trust. To deliver a few home truths. School sport has taken a massive hit in the recent CSR cuts - including the very successful School Sport Partnership programme, (the cornerstone of the Olympic Legacy). Meanwhile the government's new strategy for sport looks like a case of ideology over common sense to many.
Dave Bold, Beckenham

Sarah Webb, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing who is a balanced and insightful social commentator and champions the need for good quality affordable housing for all as the basis for a successful life.
Jill Dwyer, Coventry

Lauren Laverne - really bright, intelligent and witty cultural commentator.
Joyce, London

Noam Chomsky. The return of intellectual debate or input would be warmly welcomed.
Andrew Morgan, Durham

Brett Anderson, solo artist and former frontman of Suede. Good, intelligent and witty head on his shoulders, politically motivated also.
Colin, Glasgow

Howard Jacobson: Astute, intelligent, provocative and not one to suffer fools gladly. Now he's won the Booker he's also a name that most of the audience will recognise.
Mark Williams, London

I think there should be more individuals from banking and financial institutions. I find that too often it's an easy way for other panellists to avoid addressing issues they should face by putting everything down to bankers. They are partly, not solely responsible. Furthermore some can provide good insight in regards to what went so wrong but also what was done right in the years leading up to the financial crisis.
Glen Moutrie, Birmingham

I would like to see David Dimbleby answering questions on the panel. He seems to know more than the panel most of the time and sometimes gets rather carried away in discussion with them. I want to know what David really thinks. Get his holiday cover organised and move the Mad Hatter's Tea Party along a seat.
Dee Hodson-Wright, Cheltenham

More representation from UKIP, who got 16% of the vote last year. And less of the same old LibLabCon, especially now two of them are in government together.
Jamie, Northallerton

Peter Tatchell because he is brave, challenging and controversial. He is also extremely articulate and seems to be in touch with ordinary working people.
Marc Ryder, Birmingham

Charlie Brooker. The finest journalist and presenter of the modern day. His satirical wit and incredible burning ability to turn and generate opinion are so well demonstrated on 'Screenwipe'/'Newswipe' and his Guardian Columns. He would challenge all opinions and perceptions of the panellists and audience in a powerful and dramatic way. Go for it.
Elliot Wengler, High Wycombe

John Bird. Founder of the Big Issue magazine. I believe his life experiences and wisdom on topical issues would make good viewing.
Jason Butler, Basingstoke

I would like to see Merryn Somerset Webb, who is the editor of Money Week. Bill Bonner, who also writes in the magazine, would be another excellent guest given the financial issues that are dominating the political debate.
Andy Unitt, Surbiton

Esther Rantzen considering her views on the expenses scandal, and other work in the charitable sector. Also, her decision to attempt to run as an Independent MP would make her an interesting panellist acting as an articulate advocate on a number of key issues.
Jay, Bedfordshire

It would be good to see more representatives of faith communities as the programme can often suggest that politics is the 'be all and end of life'.
Philip Smith, Cheltenham

Meera Syal would be an intelligent, witty panellist.
Sarah Chamberlain, St Helens

Jeremy Paxman (answering questions for a change!)
Aryeh Greenberg, Edgware, Middlesex

Alexei Sayle. Older and a little milder, I think he would be a fantastic guest. Able to bring things down to a common ground, even though he is an extremely intelligent man.
Mark Byrne, Nantwich

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of PCS union. He's bright and articulate and I think, come the autumn, he will be a very important spokesman for working people and the public sector.
Maria Thomson, London

Dame Liz Forgan - Chair of Arts Council England.
Anna Mosedlae, Newcastle upon Tyne

Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to the UK. China must be subjected to robust public scrutiny as its dramatic impact on world affairs continues to surge. Nobody is really talking about it.
Philip Shuttleworth, London

Why does the panel not reflect the population? In this age of equality it is sad and tiresome to see so many establishment grey suits with one token woman to represent 50% of the female population each week on the panel. I grant you there is occasionally two women but this isn't often. Please may we see a panel of 3 women and 3 men so that we may hear a more balanced and representative view of questions of the day. This programme is becoming more and more out of touch because of this policy.
Annabelle Tame, West Sussex

Sir Tom Hunter - Scottish businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Julie Cooper, Glasgow

Michael Mansfield QC as he is a republican and socialist, along with his vast experience gained from defending notable people he would make a very worthwhile contribution.
John Ley, Ashford, Kent

Andrew Rawnsley: A different viewpoint from the politicians.
Alan Osborn, Carmarthan

John McDonnell - the Labour party representatives are nearly always from the right of the party. John would be able to demonstrate there is a left in the Labour party and put the argument for progressive policies forward.
Chris Musgrave, Exeter

Linton Kwesi Johnson poet & activist, would make an interesting panellist.
Brian Willey, London

I would like to see Martin Wolf one of our great economists, the great author Nassim Taleb. Am surprised you never had someone from the economist magazine or prospect so can you please get some one from those two great magazines.
Rotney O'Shea, Brighton

Lord Pearson of Rannoch - Malcolm Pearson. Fringe parties are poorly represented on Question Time, and very rarely is there a UKIP or Green candidate on the panel. Lord Pearson, is the leader of UKIP and it would be a pleasure to see him on the show, and to have a proper discussion about the EU.
Jamie Convisser, Harrow

Nigel Blackwell, lead singer of Half Man Half Biscuit. His observations on the minutiae of British life are amazing due to the band's acerbic wit and satire which could make for some most interesting comments.
Stuart Vallantine, Dunkinfield

Russell Brand. He is a man with a clear sense of passion and is full of genius observations of society and the world. He'd be no more controversial a guest than the leader of the nationalists.
Elliot Wengler, High Wycombe

Ray Mallon, the elected Mayor of Middlesbrough. He is articulate, opinionated and fearless in expressing his views and challenging others. He would make an excellent panellist.
John McPartland, Middlesbrough

I'd quite like to see Nigel Farage on Question Time again. It would be good to see him since his accident and also to get his views on the current happenings of the coalition government.
Daniel Taylor, Burnley

John Haylett, former political editor of the Morning Star. When he was the paper's editor, his editorials were always incisive and often very witty. It would be good to see him on the television.
Graham Noble, Havant

Jeremy Clarkson. I enjoy reading his column in The Sun and he voices some great views that would be a great twist on the show, which sometimes features some boring characters. I feel he would be a great addition to the panel.
Lee Harvey, London

Steve Chalke, founder of the Christian charity Oasis, an organisation that is making a huge impact on local communities. He is a great guy with a huge heart for people of all backgrounds, particularly in poorer areas in London.
Hannah J, Leicester

Ian Hislop would surely be a brilliant choice. It would be a chance for him to display a different style to his comedic approach on Have I Got News For You.
Calum Pratt, Guildford

Robin Tilbrook, chairman of the English Democrats. No one ever speaks up for England on television and it would be good to have this true English gent to speak from his heart.
Richard Oaten, Exeter

Mark Kermode, BBC Radio 5 Live broadcaster and film critic. He is a very intelligent guy with strong views and it would be interesting for us to see him express his opinions and ideas in terms of current affairs.
Phil Walsh, Surrey

I think Scott Mills off of Radio 1 would be a good panellist as he seems to be such a normal bloke! Normal people ought to be represented in politics.
Venk Mani, Winchester

Jamie Oliver. Saint Jamie is clearly concerned about what goes on in the UK especially in terms of children's health and the underprivileged. He's worked hard and been very successful. He's locked horns with ministers, he's not afraid to speak his mind and he's a genuine diamond geezer.
Nicola Coleman, London

Herman Van Rompuy. It will be a great chance for the British public to know about him and about his role in the European Union.
Matthew, Banbury

Quentin Skinner, distinguished professor in the history of political thought.
John Oates, Norfolk

Beatrix Campbell. I remember her before the Iraq war- marvellous independent minded, great speaker.
Mary Wright, Newcastle

Former Welsh First Minister Rhodri Morgan and former US Congressman and Libertarian party Presidential candidate Bob Barr.
David Johnston, London

Baroness Valerie Amos. She's been an influential member of the Labour party and has a great way with words. It will be great to have an ex-leader of the lords on here as well.
Danny Laidlow, Dartford

Billy Hayes, CWU General Secretary to respond to the Post Office privatisation agenda.
Kye Dudd, Bristol

I love seeing Brian Blessed on television. I am not sure if he has been on this programme before but surely it would be entertaining television.
Luke Latham, Plymouth

Anyone from the Monster Raving Loony Party... they can't surely do any worse than some recent panellists.
Jim Oxley, Padstow

Rob Griffiths, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Britain.
Steven, Durham

Ian Collins from Talksport; he is always fantastic on The Daily Politics and absolutely hilarious, has a considerable knowledge and interest in what goes on at Westminster. He would be a breath of fresh air!
Clare Anderson, Oxford

Janey Godley - who is an outspoken stand up comedian, with many views on modern Life, with a blog that generates 500,000 hits a week and is followed on her Twittering by many.
John Ward, Spalding

Tony Blair- would be great to hear the views of the former Prime Minister on matters relevant today, where he no longer plays an influential role in the Labour Party. I am sure that episode would be very interesting to watch with input from both the audience members and the rest of the panel.
Michael Kearns, Kilwinning

James Brown, drummer with UB40, great talker, very eloquent with a political mind..always very interesting and full of surprises.
Brian Travers, Worcestershire

You should definitely put Aaron Porter on the panel for a show. He's the newly elected President of the NUS and helped lead the recent campaign against tuition fees which all of the Liberal democrat members of the coalition government signed up to including Nick Clegg & Vince Cable. He'd have some really good insights into what's going on in the sector and what kind of backlash the government is likely to get over this issue.
Naz Harrison, Brighton

Victoria Coren - she would be great.
David Broadway, Edinburgh

Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON, the biggest Public Sector Trade Union representing over 1.3 million workers. Its time that trade unionists had their say in this kind of forum regarding the £6 billion plus of public sector cuts and other key coalition government issues!
Cheznie, Bury St Edmunds

Could someone please tell me why Christopher Hitchens has not entered the Question Time fray? The man has a dynamic eloquence, he is invited to American news stations, he possesses an unmatchable knowledge and consistently comments on current affairs. His verbosity and wisdom will ridicule the lesser panellists and god he will be good television. Check him out.
Caspar Bullock, Teddington, London

An ideal panel engaging in lively and intellectual debate would consist of the following: Melvyn Bragg, David Willetts, Alan Beith, Andrew Rawnsley and Simon Heffer: sparks would fly and two Labour and Tory eggheads would lock horns to brilliant effect. Marvellous and stimulating.
Ed, London

I'd like to see Plaid Cymru AM Leanne Wood on, at least that way there'd be a real left wing voice on the programme. There are far too many right wing commentators on at the moment.
John Thomas, Maerdy

John Cleese - Loads of life experience, witty and amusing.
Martin McKinley, Sale

Peter Florence - director of the Hay Festival and Brecon Jazz Festival; a marvellous speaker esp. for Brecon programme since he knows the area intimately.
Richard Camp

Muriel Gray, Dame Helena Kennedy QC, Annie Lennox, Stephen Fry.
Kerry Smith, Kirkcaldy

We should have one of the student panellists back after a couple of years; might be quite interesting.
Grant, Haversham

Michelle Obama. This is the BBC, go wild.
Russell Perrett

Given the probability of two government spokespersons on panels during the coalition could you require, and alternate Lib Dem or Con back-bencher instead of the 2nd Gov speaker. It would open up parliamentary issues as well as governmental ones - contributing to open democracy. Chinks in coalition solidarity would inevitably emerge and random requirements of backbench Labour speakers or even non-MPs would illumine the oppositions reformation.
Derek Markie

I would like to see Michael Portillo & Diane Abbott appear on Question Time on the same show... It would have to be a London showing so that they have enough time to get back to the BBC studios for This Week. Portillo should be given a peerage and asked to fulfil some sort of role in government again.
Ross Barker, London

I suggest George Osborne the shadow chancellor as he could also be an alternative panellist to state the statistics of the inquiries we have when I watch Question Time. Other than Theresa May, he could also explain the conservative related questions to the congregation.
Ravinder Dehal, Slough

June O'Sullivan, she's CEO of London Early Years Foundation. Classic Irish lady - vivid character with matching opinions, but well founded from years of experience across children's welfare etc. Very popular speaker when it comes to leadership, early years, children's centre debates etc - which is now a hot potato under the Lib-Con coalition.
Neil, London

Joanna Lumley or Lord Alan Sugar. Both huge achievers in their own right, excellent public speakers, neither easily afraid or intimidated. An excellent debate to be had, particularly in the current economic climate with Lord Sugar.
Heidi, Liverpool

Gordon Brown MP. Now he is no longer prime minister, let's have him on the show.
Gary, Tunbridge Wells

David Mitchell as he's an extremely intelligent and successful comedian/journalist!
Thomas Marsh, Sheffield

Dennis Skinner: honest, straightforward, outspoken Labour politician who has kept the same seat for nearly 30 years.
Dan Walker, Manchester

Jenny Watson, Chair of the Electoral Commission. To answer people's direct questions about the whole despicable polling fiasco. Perhaps if she is a panellist, by that time she will be able to answer all issues on this topic. The voting public have a right to be heard on this subject. Thank you.
Mrs Therese H Scott, East Grinstead.

Rory Stewart again, please. Fascinating guy, now a Tory MP but with some non-Tory views. We need views like his on Afghanistan etc.
Joanne Rowe, Isle of Man

Nick Clegg. He is now Deputy PM so surely he can come on?
John Goodward, Bristol

Mark Serwotka - General Secretary of the PCS Union - would be an excellent panellist. Trade Union leaders rarely appear on Question Time and I think having him on together with leading politicians would make for a good discussion.
Hector Wesley, London

John Walker - Current Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses. Micro businesses are not just part of the local community; they ARE the local community; and the bed-rock of the economy. John needs to have the opportunity to put the Small business viewpoint.
Deb, Gravesend

The very first QT had Derek Worlock, the then RC Archbishop of Liverpool. What about another bishop? There are so many eloquent and charismatic men to choose from but I would suggest either John Sentamu, Desmond Tutu, James Jones or Michael Nazir-Ali. Any one of these men would enrich a debate as well as introduce a religious context as well. Church and state are still a part of this country so their participation would help broaden the debate.
Mark, Hampshire

Shaun Bailey, Conservative candidate for Hammersmith in recent election, but lost to Andy Slaughter, (Labour). Has done fantastic work in the community, writes and speaks brilliantly. Very well known and respected in the Shepherds Bush, White City & Hammersmith area.
Diana Norman, Fulham

Polly Toynbee: a great social commentator with a fantastic grasp of party politics, fairness and equality, and democratic reform.
Laurie, Dudley

I would love to see Michael Portillo on Question Time as he has vast experience of government and constitutional issues. He is a very clever and interesting man. I could listen to Michael Gove, Stephen Fry, Jeremy Paxman and Ken Clarke quite happily all night. Such wonderful speakers even if they do have a wicked glint in their eye.
Caroline, Lechlade

Phillip Blond. The political philosopher and author of Red Tory advocates a politics that is economically radical and socially conservative. Has been influential across the party political spectrum in the UK.
Al Shaw, Bristol

I would rather suggest an audience. Turning the programme idea on its head, I'd like the producers to find a panel of six members of the public, preferably some who actually cast a vote in the recent election. The audience would be the politicians, and they would have exactly the same roles as a standard question time audience. They would not be allowed to make partisan points, or spout at length, but would be expected to put the range of questions normally expected of a Question Time audience. If they were invited to make a comment by the Chair, they would similarly have to restrain themselves to the question in hand, not divert to party priorities. Perhaps some of the second tier of politician could be invited, those who were eclipsed in the leadership debates. Other audience members could be drawn from some of those recommended by your correspondents, not as make-weights but as co-invitees with the politicians. What a hard task that might be for some of them! And how salutary it could be for them to hear what the public's concerns and anxieties are, especially given the monstrous state of the public finances. Of course, there would have to be minimal screening - it wouldn't be very productive to have on the panel participants who were simply going to berate the audience. I think this format would produce a subtly different sort of programme to the one where more or less everyone on the panel clearly has an axe to grind.
Michael Hind, Honiton, Devon

Dr Zakir Naik, he is an expert in all religions and knows all the religious scriptures by heart. He can clear the misconceptions on Islam as it is being portrayed in a bad light by the media. He is an expert in all areas be it social, economical or religious.
Haz Mohammed, Manchester

Hasib Hikmat, Leader of the United Voice political party. He has a unique set of aims that have not been addressed by the main political parties, resulting in marginalisation of sections of this society. I think that the public deserves to hear what he has to say. A forum needs to be given to people like him, to reignite the interest in politics and show them they have choices beyond the main three parties.
Amina Monir, Tower Hamlets

The highlight of Radio Two daytime and Eggheads quiz master Mr Jeremy Vine as he has a good grasp of modern Britain. He beats anyone else that engages in current issues hands down and I would like him to provide his views in debate with politicians.
James Rickleton, Hexham

Sarah Joseph - editor of leading Muslim lifestyle magazine EMEL.
Nabeel Al-Azami, London

General (retired) Sir Mike Jackson. Well equipped to answer questions on Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the ever present defence budget. Awesome presence and gravelly tones. Sure to be a winner!
Ben Whitely, Cambridge

Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam. Especially debates about Muslims. As he has crossed both view points and would be able to give a balanced view being a moderate Muslim yet very part of the Muslim organisation. Besides I'm still a fan like the millions of others and would like to see his views and opinions. He has wisdom of age as witness from his albums and searching of differing lifestyles throughout his life.
Simon Artilo, London

Arthur Scargill would be ideal panellist, why, well because of his knowledge of our energy needs, to date no one wants to talk about our energy needs in our country, bearing in mind we have the largest reserves of coal anywhere in the world, yet we could be held to ransom by Russia for our gas supplies, from the Arab nations and others bumping up the price of oil. I wait in anticipation, lets have an open debate of how our energy needs are for the nation of our country, as with our coal mines, what's left of them producing 16 million tons last year and yet in excess of 50 million tons being imported into the country.
Russell Johnson, Coalville

I would like Carol Ann Duffy to be a panellist on Question Time. She is the first female Poet Laureate, and she writes with controlled intensity and a world viewpoint about the injustices affecting women today.
Eileen Hagger-Street, North London

Geert Wilders. A very controverisal European MP who was denied the chance of free speech in our country. Why are the government trying to hide what he has to say?
Terry, Glasgow

Yvonne Ridley is a British journalist, war correspondent and Respect Party politician best known for her capture by the Taliban and subsequent conversion to Islam after release and her outspoken opposition to Zionism and the perceived propaganda of the Western media.
Nazneen Master

Mark Thompson, Director-General of the BBC. To answer as to why, in the face of huge support from both public and artists he is taking away 6Music & The Asian Network.
Robert Haymon-Collins, Stroud

Lord Ashcroft. If the Conservatives are determined to win the next election and have nothing to hide, the public deserves answers from one of their main funders.
Michael Watts, Dorchester

Cherie Booth - its about time we heard what she had to say from the perspective of her Human Rights work.
Vicki, East London

One of the 21st Century's great innovators by Time Magazine and 8th in a Foreign Policy magazine list of world's top contemporary intellectuals Professor Tariq Ramadan of Oxford University is an oracle when it comes to issues to do with Islam and West. As such during this election year, questions on Muslims in the UK and Muslim communities, integration and immigration I think he would be an ideal panellist.
Mustakim Waid, Birmingham

Mark Thomas has to be invited on Question Time. He is a comic at heart but his understanding of the recent economic crash as demonstrated in the recent debates and podcasts is second to none. At the end of the day if QT keep inviting pseudo celebs on they may as well invite someone with some substance!
Jules, London

Dick Cole leader of Mebyon Kernow. Dick is an intelligent man who speaks well and is the leader of the third most popular political party in Cornwall. An unusual guest, I know but it would be nice to have a different point of view on matters.
Rob, Penzance

Caitlin Moran. Without doubt Britain's most incisive, hilarious journalist. The only reason I read The Times.
Alasdair Clarkson, Glasgow

Susan Boyle. Her views on worldly matters would be very interesting to hear.
Peter Godfrey, London

Kareem Denis (AKA Lowkey). He is a rapper/activist, he would make an extremely interesting panellist, as he has views and opinions that are shared by many yet not often represented well through the media. He is very intelligent, reasonable and well spoken, and because of this is one of the few rappers worth listening to. Rather than talk about drugs, guns and the other cliches he tackles political and social issues in his music. I am sure there are many others who will agree with me, as he has a fairly very large fan base for an 'underground' artist, and is probably more well known than many politicians who appear on the question time panel.
Moustafa Sabry, Cardiff

Frank Turner, the punk/folk singer who is very political in a lot of his lyrics and would make a great guest that lots of people could relate to.
Stephen Oliver, Kettering

Ceri Goddard, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society, working for gender equality. After seeing Dimbleby's confusion about International Women's Day, I think she would explain why it exists to him very well.
Anna Brown, Bristol

Michael O Leary, to see if we can get BA back in the sky!
Stephen, Bedfordshire

Alex Ferguson, straight talking guy.
Elaine, Salford

Id Like to see Daf Adley National Union of Students LGBT Officer, National Union of Students Anti Fascist/Racist committee Holding politicians to account on Equality and Diversity and fighting fascism in the UK he is sound political views that champion equality, anti discrimination and representation for all. Its time we had more activists and campaigners on Question Time and people from the younger generation who stand up and stick by their ethics and not selling out to become careerist politicians.
Tara Hewitt, Liverpool

Prof. Brian Cox, currently presenting the excellent series "Wonders of the Solar System" on BBC. No - nonsense, bright, and articulate, and very passionate about the value of science to society.
Alan Thomas, Stevenage

Henry Porter - author, contributor to the Observer & The Guardian - has written insightful comment on the erosion of our civil liberties during this Labour administration, and the encroachment of the Database/Surveillance State.
Richard Maida, Stevenage

Ian Collins, Talk Sport late night presenter. Ian never hides away from discussing on his programme, the topical news items of the day, however controversial they may be. His views are echoed by the majority of the hard working, law-abiding, British civilians. Its people like Ian we need in government, not those who bow to the so called do-gooders and all those law breakers who claim the Human Rights act.
Kevin, Newport

Stephen Fry, simply because he is so intelligent, honest and witty. He would certainly outshine any experts in politics, science and the arts.
Eddie Marshman, Liverpool

I believe due to fairness Nick Griffin should be allowed back on Question Time in the near future.
David Owen, Manchester

Joan Bakewell. A lady who had seen the best of Britain during the 50's (I think), 60's, 70's etc. Which makes her overall view of the way our country has changed, the 80's, money mad and the 00's, starting the slide when we lost most of the industrial jobs. Why? Get some older and wiser people on.
Ms J Mitchell, Hastings

Cllr Dave Nellist, who is running for parliament in Coventry this year, would be a superb guest. His mantra of having 'a worker's MP on a workers wage' will resonate with the whole electorate.
Lee Dunckley, Helston

Scroobius Pip (aka David Meads). He is a lyrical genius, able to analyse society and educate; his poetry tackles concepts from knife crime, to domestic violence and self-harm. His inclusion on the panel would represent the youth's voice on solving 'broken Britain' and social problems.
Dave, London

I would suggest the leader of the Pirate Party UK, Andrew Robinson. Question Time could do with some representatives from smaller parties such as PPUK and his view on controversial legislation like the Digital Economy Bill would be a good insight into why front bench politics is broken.
Jack Allnutt, Manchester

Matthew Parris. A powerful, articulate and extremely knowledgeable commentator with the added ability to construct an effective argument despite its complexity!
Naveed Iqbal, Nelson

Nigella Lawson. Because she is fabulous and was a journalist for the Spectator as well as the daughter of Nigel Lawson former chancellor of the exchequer. Can't think why you haven't thought about this yourselves!
Mandeep Singh, London

Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP. His wide experience as an MP and Minister would make his thoughts on current events in both foreign policy and on the domestic front very interesting for viewers.
Gareth Brown, Manchester

Jeremy Clarkson. He is never afraid to speak his opinion and has the ability of attracting a huge audience. Question Time is too PC nowadays and Clarkson would re-address the balance perfectly
George, Bolton

Let's have George Galloway back on, he's the only one that seems to speak the truth about anything.
Tina Viksna, Exeter

Could I suggest QT to be the perfect platform for the much-discussed 'Leaders' Debate'? I think that there are few qualified to chair this debate effectively, of which David Dimbleby is one.
Simon, Eastleigh

Col Tim Collins. Has presence, balance, sound analysis, clear values, and is lucid.
Simon, Warwick

Chris Evans would be a great guest to have on, he has opinions about nearly everything and would be quite controversial and liven things up a bit.
Joanne May, Sleaford, Lincs

Anjem Choudary - he has strong views and we should all be allowed to hear him tell us why he is right and we are all wrong!
Bob Roberts, Telford

Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee, OM, KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA, a British engineer and computer scientist and MIT professor credited with inventing the World Wide Web, making the first proposal for it in March 1989.
Farhad Jafari, Manchester

Douglas Murray of the Centre for Social Cohesion. He is a young talented commentator on most topics relating the UK and its multicultural state.
Matt Edwards, Garstang

Peter Kaye the comedian. He has done a lot of good work for charity and has strong views on defending the views of people from the north.
Ken Hodierne, Nuneaton

Rory Stewart, a liberal in Tory clothing, not least because he understands about trusting other countries to run things their own way and speaks with experience and authority on the Middle East. His wise but politically unpalatable views deserve to be heard and heeded by the clueless bunch we have lined up to govern us (from either of the two main parties)!
Mark Johnston, London

Prof. Danny Dorling, Geography, University of Sheffield would be a good guest he's an expert in social and spatial inequalities. His work on poverty, health inequalities, and other societal problems in Britain is groundbreaking and he'd be an excellent guest to debate about possible social policy.
Gemma, Sheffield

Archbishop Vincent Nichols - to represent the religious community in Britain, particularly the Catholic community.
Matthew Brannen, Billingham

John Lydon- a hero to many and one of the most articulate, well-read and intelligent pop stars ever to come out of the UK. Talk about opinions? Of course John's got them. But unlike many, what he says matters. How many other QT panellists can claim to have really helped changed Britain like Lydon has?
Mark Williams, London

Pixie Lott for her wise and sensitive political views.
Peter Godfrey, London

Basil Newby. Blackpool based self made millionaire. Made his money by building up a huge local gay empire. Pubs, clubs and "Funny Girls" Basil also helped save the Grand Theatre and continues to support it. Well known throughout the North West and famous for his opinions, I think that Basil would have a lot to offer to any debate and his opinions would be welcomed by the Question Time audience.
Paul Murphy, Blackpool

I would like to suggest Sir John Major. It would be really interesting to see what ideas and opinions he has about the overall current situation in the country. He has insight and gets far less credit than he deserves for all the good that he did during the last Conservative government and, refreshingly, does not display arrogance as many current politicians do. It would also be interesting to hear what he suggests his Conservative successor, David Cameron, should do.
Jay, Chiswick

Blur's Dave Rowntree - who will be standing against Conservative MP Mark Field for the Cities of London and Westminster Constituency Labour Party. Everyone knows about his band but not a lot of people know his political views - would be interesting to hear about his anti-death row and pro-Iraq war stances.
James Heal, Croydon

I would like to see Lord Triesman on the panel as he is the head of the FA. If not how about a football chairman I would suggest Ray Ranson - who has made his name in the world of business and played in the PL.
John Terry, London

Steve Rossell, CEO, Cranstoun Drug Services. Has many years experience in the drug and alcohol treatment field as well as treating criminal justice offenders and young peoples treatment? How about an informed member of the panel debating the rise of youth crime, alcohol misuse and government spending to tackle these?
Stephanie Gittoes-Bree, Surbiton

Michael Portillo - a voice of rational Conservatism in a time of mindless rhetoric. Well humoured, too. A quality panellist.
James Brandel, Manchester

Lord Pearson of Rannoch; the leader of the UK Independence party. To my knowledge he has never appeared on Question Time; and as the new leader of UKIP, the fourth largest political party in the UK he should do so. He is honest, intelligent and meticulous in his answer to questions, a breath of fresh air at a time when generally, the political class's hypocrisy and deceit has been intolerable.
Steve Trafford, Sittingbourne

Jeremy Clarkson could provide a very substantial contribution to the panel bringing his impeccable sense of humor and his most obvious opinionated personality that is often used in the direction of political figures. If more widely known journalists, such as JC, were on the panel it may appeal to a substantially younger audience as well as the frequent viewer.
Dan Jasinski, Bridgwater

Matthew Ryder - one of the most senior black barristers. According to the London Evening Standard, he's someone to watch in 2010. Who better is there to appear on Question Time in the coming months than this rising star?
Tomas Meehan, London

Professor Tariq Ramadan, of Oxford University, can present the mainstream/moderate Islam viewpoints in several global and local issues.
Moataz Attallah, Manchester

I would strongly suggest having Abdul Hakim Murad (Tim Winter) from Cambridge University on the panel. Islam is still in the news and his knowledge of the Islam throughout the world is well renowned. He has a very good understanding of all aspects of Islam and Religion in general.
Simba, Bedford

Jon Gaunt. Some people claim he is racist, others that he speaks for the honest workers of the country. (I'm with the latter). Surely, it is time to let him air his views.
Stephen Dawes, Hilcote, Derbyshire

Lord Monkton. His insider information on climate change deserves an honest and open airing. Dare the BBC go against their governmental control and allow him to contribute in an honest debate? I doubt it.
L Hey, West Yorkshire

Frank Dobson would make a superb Question Time panellist. While he is a weathered and experienced politician with a tenure of high office, much intelligence and a blunt conviction, he receives next to no media coverage. He'd do well. Also, why not Tony Blair? No longer PM, he'd get some difficult questions but would, I should hope, stand up to the Tories a little better than Gordon, with much clarity, humour and knowledge.
Finn McMahon, London

Dr. Ros Altmann on Labour's Legacy - destruction of pensions over the last 12 years -- urgent action is required by whatever government is elected this year.
Mark, Letchworth

Definitely Christopher Hitchens. Possibly the most articulate, knowledgable and controversial journalist. He speaks fluently, with grace, and always has his finger on the issues of the world. You'd be missing out immensely to deny him on Question Time. It would also be good if there could be social as well as political questions on Question Time - say the role of religion which Christopher would also be good to discuss with.
Andrew Ness, Lancaster

John Pilger. His views as a journalist are superb. His documentaries on war, democracy, media are simply brilliant and what's more he is a free-speaker, and clear thinker. He sets out his arguments very clearly.
Reza Islam, London

Sir Ian Wood - he diversified his inherited fishing company into the oil industry and works to improve the lives of Third World countries and has ideas to transform the city of Aberdeen into the future a very humble man who still drives a old jag even though he is a multi millionaire.
Heather Edgar, Aberdeen

Seamus Milne (Guardian journalist) is a breath of fresh air in clarity and straight-forwardness.
Alison Jones, Monksfield

Bob Marshall Andrews - one of the few true labour politicians who many of the traditional labour supporters can still relate to.
Richard McPherson, London

Wes Streeting would be an asset on the panel. Being the NUS National President, it would be fantastic for him to air the views of students across the nation. After all, they are the population of tomorrow and should be the leaders of this country.
Josh, Maidenhead

Greg Heywood, former property millionaire who lost everything in the recession and is now self publishing his first novel iReckon.
Marc Rogers, Monmouth

Professor David Nutt for discussion on substance regulation.
James Lightfoot, Manchester

I would like to see a climate change edition with possible panelists including: Ed Miliband, George Monbiot, Caroline Lucas, Jonathon Porritt.
Stephen, Edinburgh

Michael Dougan (University of Liverpool; Professor of European Law and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law) A celebrity? Not at all. But a charismatic, humorous, authoritative academic with a breadth of knowledge sufficient to finally alleviate the repeated ignorance and hysteria surrounding the European Union, which is perpetuated by your programme. An anomaly of academia; unsurpassed competence with humility and charm. A serious contender for any future debate surrounding the EU. Please bear him in mind!
Liam McLoughlin, Liverpool

James Whale - I am surprised that, as far as I can reasonably find out, he has not been a panellist on your great programme. He has opinions!! And he is an excellent speaker. Please invite him - I'm sure you and the audience will not be disappointed!
Tony O'Driscoll, Enfield, Middlesex

My guest suggestion is Ken Bates. The current chairman of Leeds United and former chairman of Chelsea FC. I think his no-nonsense approach would suit the show.
Damien Fennell, Leeds

Sir Peter Tapsell MP. He seems like a maverick and would be an interesting face on Question Time.
Trevor Stables, Horncastle

Naomi Klein, the brilliant journalist, economist and historian.
Carl Wellington, Plymouth

Will Self should be a permanent panellist, he is spot on and has taken the time to research other panellists and show up blatant hypocrisies, well done him.
R McKeown, Glasgow

Frankie Boyle would provide a perfect foil for our politicians on QT. His comedy would come through but, more importantly, he would bring a robust political perspective.
David Broadway, Edinburgh

The writer Iain McDowall - his writing is intelligent and politically astute and I've seen him speak in public when he seemed articulate and witty.
Sue Harris, Brighton

Henry Kissinger, because he is one of the most intelligent and experienced statesmen of the 20th Century.
Daniel Horsley, Brighton

If the BBC would truly want to air to the British people and the larger world what Islam truly is about, please invite these rational Islamic speakers as panellists - Dr Zakir Naik of India and Yusuf Estes of America.
Taofik Akande, London

Mark Serwotka, General secretary of PCS.
Josh Walsh, Bradford

The excellent Independent columnist Johann Hari. He was on a number of years ago and not since. He is one of the most perceptive political writers in Britain today, a winner of countless awards, and gaining an increasing reputation around the world. Please get him back on!
Mathew Hulbert, Hinckley, Leicestershire

Dizzie Rascal. His appearance on Newsnight was fantastic.
Andrew Slattery, Birmingham

Either Rebekah Wade or Dominic Mohan, editors from The Sun. I want to see if their opinions are as extreme as those they allow to be printed.
Greg, Belfast

Tommy Sheridan. The BBC are happy to give airspace to Fascists, so why not a proper Socialist. If you had him on the same show as Griffin there would have been very little BNP sympathy. Tommy Sheridan has political integrity and doesn't dodge questions with sound bites and smoke and mirrors.
Greg Robertson, Glasgow

I would like to see Imran Khan. He is the only intellectual movement within Pakistan. And because we (the British) are in a state of war in Afghanistan maybe some opinions are required from people of that region as the bring home the troops campaign picks its phase in the news.
Ibraheem Sadiq, London

Jeremy Clarkson, I want to hear his views on cutting carbon emissions.
Mark Sin, Bristol

Someone from Viva! (Vegetarians International Voice for Animals). Climate change is on the agenda at the moment, and vegetarianism could help save the rainforests, has a low carbon footprint and benefits the environment in general.
Ute Lang, Longfield

How about someone from the Campaign for an English Parliament? It would make a nice change if someone on the panel gave an English perspective to the show.
Julian Asher, Birmingham

Carol McGiffin from Loose Women. She openly talks about her frustration towards the government, and would not hold back on her opinions. I think having her on the panel could get a lot of things out in the air.
Chris Couture, Southampton

Author Christopher Brookmyre. His hilarious, dark, satirical wit that is evident in all his books would be an excellent addition to the panel.
Fraser Gray, Glasgow

I would love to see Kevin Spacey. He's been living in England for a long time now, he's extremely articulate and, I think he would be an interesting panellist. You should ask him. He's very approachable.
Sue Hogben, Liverpool

Daniel Hannan MEP. An excellent way with words explaining points of view that don't get too much of an airing.
James, Devon


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