Who is on Question Time tonight and where do they stand on Brexit? Here’s your guide…
The BBC’s flagship current affairs programme tonight comes from Perth Theatre, where local boy Ewan McGregor began his acting career. But who’ll leave us Brassed Off – and which loyalist party hack will seem like an Attack of the Clones? Here’s who you can expect…
Who? Conservative MP for Spelthorne and parliamentary private secretary to the chancellor
Where is he on Brexit? A firm Brexiteer who has authored books on Margaret Thatcher, Kwarteng’s loud televised attacks on opponents tend to get glowing coverage on the Express’ website, which regularly breathlessly reports he had BLASTED or, more usually, SHUT DOWN Remainers. Has attacked the BBC for a perceived anti-Brexit bias, saying: “I think it’s very important viewers realise that the talks are going quite well.” Has recently said “huge progress” had been made by the government and “now we’ve got a very clear idea of where we’re getting to”, which is certainly one interpretation. A former financial services analyst thought to harbour big ambitions.
Who? SNP MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
Where is she on Brexit? Remainer but not one who appears to have spoken on it much – her own website only has two articles mentioning it. Has said families in her constituency “are now feeling unsettled” after the Brexit vote, but her two main campaigning focuses appear to be banning plastic straws and promoting Gaelic – in March she delivered an entire speech in the language in the Scottish Parliament. Is SNP, which will annoy those SNP campaigners for whom getting annoyed on social media about their lack of representation on Question Time is a keenly-anticipated part of their Thursday routine.
Sir Brian Souter
Who? Scottish businessman
Where is he on Brexit? The founder and chairman of Stagecoach is an anomaly as being one of the SNP’s biggest donors whiles simultaneously describing Brexit as “not as big a deal as people are making out” and its opponents as “overestimating the damage”. Sir Brian’s company runs various UK train networks and Megabus coaches. A Christian who was the prominent leader of the Keep the Clause campaign to prevent Section 28’s abolition in Scotland, he reportedly donated £1m to the Scottish independence campaign. With sister Anne Gloag, is jointly ranked 164th richest in Britain with a fortune of £825m. Most generously referred to as “colourful”.
Who? Labour MP for Don Valley
Where is she on Brexit? Remain-campaigning MP for an Old Labour constituency which voted two to one for leaving the EU, Flint was quick to say that Brexit meant Brexit. Has warned her party voters would view any attempt to stay in the customs union and single market as an attempt to ‘wriggle out’ of the result. A former cabinet minister who left Gordon Brown’s government after accusing him of treating her as “female window dressing”, she stood unsuccessfully for Labour’s deputy leadership in 2015 and has since remained on the backbenches. A Corbyn-sceptic who has reeled in attacks but is highly unlikely to be in North London this weekend to gyrate to the Magic Numbers and listen to Owen Jones shout about neoliberalism.
Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey
Who? Scottish rapper
Where is he on Brexit? A “rapper, hip hop recording artist, and social commentator emphasising community and social responsibility”, it says here, McGarvey voted Remain “but felt a lot of solidarity and connection with the communities that voted Brexit”. Has said Leave voters were “striking back against the people that you feel excluded by” A supporter of Scottish independence “even if it means a big deficit, even if it means taking a hit”, but also a Corbyn fan. Of the latter, has described the man who led Labour into a general election on a leftist platform and lost to the Conservative Party as “an interruption to regularly scheduled programming”. Tonight’s surefire winner of Most-Shared Facebook Clip of Impassioned Speech Against The Man.
Question Time is on BBC One at 10.45pm tonight (11.15pm in Northern Ireland).