Who's on Question Time tonight? All the panellists for the BBC politics show

QUESTION Time is the BBC’s long-running political debate show where members of the public get the chance to put politicians and leading figures on the spot.

The show has been running since September 1979 and is currently hosted by Fiona Bruce. Here’s who is on the panel tonight, October 17, which comes from Leicester.

Who is on tonight's programme?

Matt Hancock

Matthew Hancock, 41, replaced Jeremy Hunt as Health Secretary on July 9, 2018.

The former Culture Secretary was educated at the private King's School in Chester and Oxford University.

At Oxford, he studied politics, philosophy and economics.

He also has a masters degree in economics from Cambridge.

After uni he worked at the Bank of England and then as an adviser to George Osborne when he was shadow chancellor.

On May 24, 2019, Hancock announced he was going to run to be PM.

But he pulled out of the contest after coming sixth in the first round of voting.

The Health Secretary today called for Mr Johnson's Brexit deal to be backed on 'Super Saturday'.

"Now is the moment to come together – back this new deal – and then let's move forward," Mr Hancock tweeted.

Anneliese Dodds

Former MEP Anneliese Dodds was born on March 16, 1978 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

She moved to South East England in 1996 and studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Hilda’s College, Oxford and graduated in 2001.

Ms Dodds was a lecturer in Public Policy at King’s College London from 2007 to 2010 before becoming a lecturer at Aston University from 2010 to 2014.

A member of the Labour Party, the 41-year-old was elected as MP for Oxford East in 2017.

Ms Dodds, who has previously appeared on Question Time, was appointed as a Shadow Treasury Minister by Jeremy Corbyn.

Philippa Whitford

Breast surgeon Dr Philippa Whitford, 60, of the SNP, is MP for Central Ayrshire.

Originally from Belfast, she moved to Scotland at the age of ten and went on to study medicine at Glasgow University.

Prior to her election to Parliament, Dr Whitford was a consultant breast cancer surgeon in Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock for 19 years where she redesigned the service and established reconstructive breast surgery.

In 2015, she stood as an SNP candidate in the General Election and won her constituency of Central Ayrshire – turning a Labour majority of 12,500 into an SNP majority of 13,500.

She was re-elected in June 2017, and is the Shadow Health Spokesperson for the SNP at Westminster.

Martin Daubney

After Remainer MPs asked Brussels to push Britain into another Brexit extension, Brexit Party MEP Martin Daubney said today: “Remainer MPs will stop at nothing to derail the democratic will of the people. It will long be remembered.”

Former journo Martin Daubney, 49, is the ex-editor of men's lifestyle magazine Loaded.

He, along with Rupert Lowe and Andrew Kerr, helped the Brexit Party take more than one-third of the votes in the West Midlands' European Parliament election in May.

Mr Daubney said afterwards: "For my entire career as a coal miner's son from Nottingham, I've been able to speak with ordinary people.

"I understand the language of the man and woman in the street and that's what I think the difference has been with our campaign."

He is also a campaigner on the dangers of porn.

Javed Khan

The son of Kashmiri immigrants who could neither read nor write when they arrived in the UK, Javed Khan later took up a job as a teacher in the West Midlands.

After making rapid progress, he became head of department, assistant principal and then director of development in a further education college.

In 2015 Mr Khan was awarded an honorary doctorate by Birmingham City University.

Previously on London's Serious Youth Violence Board, Mr Khan is currently CEO of children's charity Barnado's.

He tweeted that he is "looking forward to being on the #bbcqt panel tonight in Leicester."

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