‘Clare Question Time’ Panellists
Saturday 27 June 2009
Chair: Matthew Parris
David Howarth came up to Clare in 1978 and is a current Fellow of the College.
He has been MP for Cambridge since 2005 and is the Liberal Democrats’ shadow Secretary of State for Justice.
Peter Lilley came up to Clare in 1962 and has been a Conservative MP since 1983, representing Hitchin and Harpenden since 1997. He was successively Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, and for Social Security, in the Thatcher and Major governments. Since 2006 he has been Chair of the Conservative Party’s Globalisation and Global Poverty Policy Group.
Stuart Sheppard came up to Clare in 2007 and is currently at the end of his second year reading History. He is an active member of Clare Politics and was elected President of the Union of Clare Students earlier this year.
Dr Richard Taylor came up to Clare in 1953 and is the only MP in the House of Commons elected as an independent. He stood for parliament as a candidate for Independent Kidderminster Hospital and Health Concern and has represented Wyre Forest since 2001. He is a member of the Health Select Committee.
Allison Pearson came up to Clare in 1978. She is a best-selling author and an outspoken columnist on the Daily Mail. In 1993 she was named Critic of the Year and Interviewer of the Year in the British Press Awards.
Michael Wills came up to Clare in 1970. He has been Labour MP for North Swindon since 1997 and Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice since 2007.