Who is on the BBC Question Time panel tonight?
PUBLISHED: 13:34 28 February 2019 | UPDATED: 08:38 01 March 2019
Who is on Question Time tonight and where do they stand on Brexit? Here’s your guide...
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The BBC’s flagship current affairs programme tonight comes from Catford, birthplace of Ben “a little bit of politics” Elton. But whose performance will be a critical and ratings hit like Upstart Crow - and whose will be best forgotten like The Wright Way? Here’s your panel and where they stand on Brexit...
Who? Conservative MP for Ashford
Where is he on Brexit? Fervent Remain campaigner who has has hit out at hardline colleagues who “won’t accept evidence” and are pursuing “faith-based policies”
A firm friend of Theresa May since their university days, the erstwhile first secretary of state and ‘de facto deputy prime minister’ would be a strong soft Brexit influence in the cabinet, had he not been forced to resign after allegedly lying about watching special adult film time on his work computer. Has described claims of a plot to stop Brexit from the likes of Jacob Rees-Mogg as “conspiracy theories”. A long time Europhile who must have found working with the likes of David Davis and Boris Johnson interesting, his departure from the cabinet was a big blow to May such was his use as a human shield and minister for the Today programme, a job now bizarrely contracted out to Chris Grayling. Now a member of the sort-of-centrist Brexit Delivery Group, he was once spotted by your correspondent at Latitude in a Half Man Half Biscuit t-shirt.
Who? Shadow international trade secretary
Where is he on Brexit? Proud Blairite turned Brownite turned Milifan to now fully paid-up Corbynista, Gardiner is thought to back Brexit but is officially on board with “moving towards” a second referendum
One of a handful of shadow ministers trusted by Team Corbyn to do big media appearances, hence the chameleon-like Gardiner’s almost UN Security Council-like permanent seat on the Question Time panel. Said earlier this week “I have been somebody who has really resisted going to a public vote… but I am more concerned about a no-deal Brexit”. Was recorded at a private Brussels meeting last year saying one of Labour’s six Brexit tests - to leave the single market while retaining all its benefits - “always has been bollocks and it remains it”. One of the most critical of the Labour defectors to the Independent Group, who presumably should have been more like him and changed their views on everything once Corbyn was elected leader. Retains Corbyn’s support while not being one of his inner circle as he’s publicly ultra-loyal and hates the media. Also looks like Timothy Claypole from Rentaghost.
Who? Liberal Democrat education spokeswoman
Where is she on Brexit? Passionate Remainer and champion of the Best for Britain group campaigning for a second referendum
Only a Member of Parliament since 2017, Moran is often talked up as a future Lib Dem leader, especially as the incumbent appears to be performing some kind of Rip Van Winkle impersonation. But reportedly has her eye on her party’s presidency which, in terms of ambition, is like a hotly-tipped young actor wanting to be Tony from Hollyoaks. An eloquent spokeswoman for the Best for Britain group, she has said of Tory MPs that “what really pisses me off is when I talk to MPs here and they go on about how annoyed they are with Theresa for doing this or that about Brexit, and then they go through the lobbies to prop her up”. As a daughter of an EU diplomat Moran grew up in Belgium, Greece, Ethiopia, Jamaica and Jordan, so is probably one of those “citizens of nowhere” the prime minister warned you about.
Who? Stand-up comedian
Where is he on Brexit? On the fence, leaning anti. Has said “the jury’s out, though I find it hard to think it will make society better when we want a pan-European society”
Former Wycombe Wanderers marketing manager turned self-styled “German comedy ambassador to the UK” who is one of the most sure-footed stand-ups on the circuit. This comes despite having peddled much of the same material for a decade (unless a couple of weeks before every gig he really has been told by somebody in Bolton “f**k off back to London, you Cockney w****r”). Titling his most recent tour Get On With It, he has said “someone who lived through the Dresden bombings will be going, ‘that’s nothing’. I’ve lived through the Berlin Wall coming down — by comparison Brexit really seems insignificant.” Untroubled by initially having to pay £65 to stay in the UK as it’s the same price as Alton Towers and “that’s for one day in a small part of Stoke rather than a lifetime’s access to all the attractions all the way from Land’s End to John O’Groats”. Accent somewhere between Jürgen Klopp and Ray Winstone.
Who? Journalist and author
Where is she on Brexit? The American is an ardent Brexiteer.
Has described Europe in 2029 as “one that is so overwhelmed with Africans and Middle Easterners that there isn’t a sort of Italy anymore, or a France, or a Belgium. It makes me a little sad, with the waffles and stuff”. Told the BBC’s Any Questions? last year that the only reason talks around the Irish border issue in the Brexit negotiations were proving to be problematic was that the EU was trying to use it as an excuse to stop Brexit going through. Maybe that makes her a little sad, with the Guinness and stuff. Spectator columnist and professional controversialist who has accused the #MeToo movement of going too far and was last year dropped from the judging panel for a writing competition run by magazine Mslexia and accused of racism after she questioned Penguin Random House’s diversity and inclusion policies. Still best known for her 2003 novel We Need to Talk about Kevin though.
Question Time is on BBC One at 10.45pm tonight (11.20pm in Northern Ireland)
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