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Orrell, Wigan

50 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 30 September 2011

Jonathan Dimbleby presents a panel discussion of news and politics from Saint Peter's Catholic High School in Orrell, Wigan with panellists Andy Burnham, Shadow Secretary of State for Education; Alan Duncan, Minster of State for International Development; Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee and UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall.

Producer: Victoria Wakely.


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  • This week's panel

    Andy Burnham is Shadow Secretary of State for Education. After being elected as MP for Leigh in 2001, Burnham made swift progress to the top table. In 2007 he was promoted to Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and then took his second Cabinet seat as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport before becoming Secretary of State for Health in 2009. He has held his current role since the 2010 election of Ed Miliband as Labour leader.

    Alan Duncan is Minister of State for International Development. He was elected to parliament in 1992 as MP for Rutland and Melton. The first Conservative MP to declare openly that he was gay, he helped steer the 2004 Civil Partnership Act through parliament and became the first Conservative politician to enter into a civil partnership.

    Paul Nuttall is deputy leader of the UK Independence Party and the party's MEP for the north west England region. A former History lecturer and professional footballer (for Tranmere Rovers), he has been a member of UKIP since 2004.

    Polly Toynbee is a writer and columnist for The Guardian. In a wide-ranging career in journalism, Polly began as a reporter at The Observer before moving to the United States where she edited a magazine in Washington. In 1988 she joined the BBC as its Social Affairs Editor before moving to The Independent and then rejoining The Guardian as a columnist in 1998.

  • This week's questions

    1. If Ed Miliband isn't Tony Blair or Gordon Brown, can the panel decide who he is?

    2. If enough of us break the new speed limit of 80mph, will the government increase it to 90mph?

    3. Isn't the only long term solution for Greece's economic problems for them to leave the Euro and devalue?

    4. What are the views of the panel on this week's high court decision that the Sunday Mirror's exposure of Rio Ferdinand's private life was in the public interest?

    5. In the light of recent cases where terrorists have cited their human rights against deportation, is it not time that the Prime Minister stood up to Nick Clegg and carry out his promise to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights? This could be put before Parliament on a free vote basis, thus not endangering the coalition.



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