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Singer Charlotte Church heads panel for Question Time in Swansea

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 28, 2012

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SINGER Charlotte Church will be among the panellists when hard-talking TV show Question Time returns to Swansea tomorrow.

The 26-year-old, who rose to fame in childhood as a classical singer, will be joined by Shadow Immigration Minister Chris Bryant MP and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP.

Former executive editor of the News of the World Neil Wallis and Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins will also be panellists.

Mr Wallis became deputy editor of the News of the World in 2003 working under Andy Coulson.

Question Time in Swansea will be chaired by David Dimbleby and broadcast from the Brangwyn Hall tomorrow night at 10.35pm on BBC One.

Sports masseusse Sue Kent will be among the audience for the show, which was last broadcast from the city in 2010 at Swansea University's Taliesin Arts Centre.

The 50-year-old mother of two has been involved in politics for many years and campaigned for people who have a disability caused by the drug thalidomide.

She said: "I have been politically active as a campaigner for a while.

"My daughter applied online for Question Time because she is more tech savvy.

"My husband said, 'You've got to come with me', he said he wasn't going on his own.

"I didn't think we would get on but we have now so we will have to read up on the papers and try to put thought into constructive questions."

Mrs Kent has run her own business offering sports massages using her feet and toes in Mumbles for the past five years.

She also worked at the Paralympics this summer providing sports massage and therapy.

The entrepreneur said she was keen to ask questions on the legacy of the Paralympics, planning laws and the health service.

She added: "I am slightly nervous, I am going to have to be on the ball.

"I do like to be prepared.

"I think they are keen for women to get more involved in politics."

Councillor Nick Bradley, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, welcomed the arrival of Question Time in Swansea and said: "Question Time is one of the UK's leading topical debate programmes and it's great news that it's coming to Swansea.

"The Brangwyn Hall is a fantastic setting for programmes of this nature because of its history and acoustics.

"The arrival of Question Time in the city helps put Swansea on the map and means local people can get the chance to question leading figures from the world of politics and the media."

A spokeswoman for Question Time said: "Question Time travels around the country to different locations.

"We were last in Swansea in 2010 and we are looking forward to being back there."

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  November 28 2012, 4:27PM

    I stopped watching QT when it started to become a platform for comedians and "luvvies", Charlotte Church will no doubt be looking after her own interests as well as Steve Cougan, Stephen Fry, Hugh Grant and Co. and she'll release a CD/DVD in time for Christmas. The show has lost it's political balance and is a platform for the opposition, whoever they may be.

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  • SAswan  |  November 28 2012, 4:20PM

    church, bryant and wallis are all on qt because the leveson report is out

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  • confused67  |  November 28 2012, 2:55PM

    Does'nt matter where it is held, Politicians never answer the question that is asked.

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  • Neathboy234  |  November 28 2012, 2:07PM

    Obviously one of the questions is going to be about freedom of the press, hence Miss Church being there.

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  • brochadav  |  November 28 2012, 1:45PM

    I'm not sure what Charlotte will bring to a political debate? Then again, I'm not sure what most politicians will bring to it either.

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  • Neathboy234  |  November 28 2012, 10:21AM

    Given that the Lib Dems are in power in Westminster i wouldn't particularly agree with u rees. Just imagine the mess the Tories would have made if it were not for the LD keeping them on a tight leash. The right wing of the Tory party would have probably led us out of the EU by now, in fact if the tories had got a majority this might have been their ONLY chance of getting us to quit the EU. With Labour in power between 2015-20, the extreme right are going to have to wait lol And of course if it wasn't for Plaid then Labour would not have been able to get it's budget through only the other week down at the bay. Mind U give me Charlotte any day, she's my kind of girl

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  • rees91  |  November 28 2012, 9:23AM

    Good to see when Question Time comes to Swansea Plaid Cymru and the Lib Dems are pushed aside for Charlotte Church. Sounds like the producers got this one right.

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