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The Glasgow panel

Question Time, the BBC's premier political debate programme comes from Glasgow on Thursday 25 March.

The panel are the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liam Byrne MP, the Conservative shadow minister for communities Baroness Warsi, the Liberal Democrat communities spokesman Julia Goldsworthy MP, the First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond and businessman Sir Martin Sorrell.

LIAM BYRNE MP

Liam Byrne MP

Liam Byrne is Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Labour MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill.

Prior to entering the Cabinet, he was a minister in the Department of Health and worked in the Home Office. Byrne was promoted to the Cabinet in 2008 and became chief secretary in 2009. Byrne is a member of the Unite union.

On spending cuts, he recently said: "Everyone knows a talk with me is not going to be fun. But I've got to be firm. We've got to find £82billion of deficit reduction... That means stopping doing some things, it means pushing some things to the side and it means a revolution in Whitehall. What I'm doing now with the Cabinet is asking them to sign their departments up for their share of those spending cuts."


BARONESS WARSI OF DEWSBURY

Baroness Warsi

Sayeeda Warsi is the shadow minister for community cohesion and social action and was recently named the most powerful Muslim woman in Britain.

Prior to entering politics, Warsi worked as a solicitor.

She stood unsuccessfully in 2005 as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Dewsbury but was subsequently appointed vice chairman of the Conservative Party. She was later given a peerage and appointed shadow minister for community cohesion - the first Muslim member of the Shadow Cabinet (or Cabinet). She became the youngest member of the House of Lords.


JULIA GOLDSWORTHY MP

Julia Goldsworthy MP

Julia Goldsworthy is the Liberal Democrat spokesman on communities and local government.

She began her political career after university, working as a researcher for Lib Dem MP Matthew Taylor.

Winning the seat of Falmouth and Camborne in the 2005 election, she became the youngest MP in the House of Commons, and was appointed a party spokesperson on health in the same year.

She remains one of the youngest members of the Liberal Democrat front bench.


ALEX SALMOND MSP, MP

Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond is the First Minister of Scotland and the leader of the Scottish National Party.

Following the SNP's victory in the 2007 elections, he received the Spectator's Parliamentarian of the Year Award for his "brilliant campaign" and "extraordinary victory" in the Scottish Parliament elections.

He recently told his party conference that a hung parliament would be "good for Scotland" and that, if no single party had a majority after the General Election, the SNP's votes might become crucial and that could give the party more say on the economy.

He has claimed that the BBC's impartiality has been called into question in advance of the election by excluding the SNP and Plaid Cymru from the election debates between Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg.

The First Minister has complained that the BBC's debate "effectively disenfranchises the people of Scotland and cannot do anything other than mislead viewers".


SIR MARTIN SORRELL

Sir Martin Sorrell

Sir Martin Sorrell is the chief executive officer of the advertising giant WPP - one of the world's largest communications groups - and he was recently named one of the five most influential and powerful businessmen in Britain.

Prior to becoming chief executive of WPP, he worked for Saatchi & Saatchi, the company famous for a series of high profile political campaigns. He built WPP into one of the largest advertising and communications empires in the world, employing some 140,000 people in 107 countries.

He serves as adviser and chairman to numerous business institutions, including the London Business School, the Judge Business School in Cambridge and Harvard Business School.

In 1997, he was appointed an Ambassador for British Business by the Foreign Office.


Question Time will be on BBC One at 10.35pm on Thursday 25 March and available on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

It will also be repeated on BBC Parliament on Sunday evening at 6pm.



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