Who is on Question Time tonight and where do they stand on Brexit? Here’s your guide.
Tonight the show is broadcast from Frome, Somerset.
Bath and North East Somerset voted to Remain in 2016 with 57.9% of the vote.
Likely to be the only Question Time guest who has been headbutted by Kat Slater, Brabin is an actress-turned-Labour MP for Batley and Spen. She has consistently voted down Theresa May’s Withdrawal Bill and said spoken in Parliament about the risks of Brexit hitting northern towns harder. She voted Remain, hammers the Conservative handling of Brexit, but more or less treads Corbyn’s Brexit line, where it is visible.
Tory MP Damian Green voted Remain and has just published an article in the Sun saying a Tory leadership race spells “a shot at the good life”, sending confusing signals about his idea of wellbeing. He’s part of the One Nation Conservatives group which includes centrists Amber Rudd, Nicky Morgan and Sir Nicholas Soames. Possibly the sole MP to have bothered reading Theresa May’s newest Withdrawal Bill before tweeting about it, he holds the “unfashionable” opinion that it’s the quickest way to deliver Brexit. It would be a low blow for panellists to mention his resignation from Cabinet for lying about porn on his work computer, but they’ll all be thinking it.
Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice is a journalist and former advisor to David Cameron. That advice probably wasn’t “hold a referendum”. Cameron made her a life peer in 2016 and she thanked him by resigning the Tory whip three months later to accept another job. She is currently touting her book, about the joys of getting old, around the daytime TV sofas, and has a Remain-leaning FT column in which she has clearsightedly outlined the many problems with the government’s handling of Brexit. Expect informed debate backed up by the confidence of the Paul Foot award in her back pocket.
Mobile phone and football entrepreneur Simon Jordan is pretty ok with Brexit if it weren’t for the politicians. He established a reputation for plain speaking when he wrote in his Observer column that football is a “bullshit world full of bullshit people”. But now he can’t seem to stop turning out footballing Brexit metaphors. “Theresa May is the David Moyes of Manchester United,” he told TalkSport in March. “If the country can wait for a Brexit plan it can wait for the right England manager,” he tweeted in 2016. “It’s the West Bromwichs of the world who voted for Brexit”, he tweeted earlier that year. Expect political Colemanballs and applause.
Miatta Fahnbulleh is CEO of lefty think tank the New Economics Foundation, and has spoken of the “huge threat posed by Brexit”. On previous Question Time appearances she said people voted for Brexit because they were “sick and tired” of the state of the economy. The Guardian has tipped her as a massive influence on any future Labour government. She tweets about climate and social justice, and a People’s Vote. Expect complaints of BBC Remain bias by the time she gets the mic.