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The next instalment of the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, Question Time, will be recorded live at the University of Exeter on Thursday 21st April 2016.

David Dimbleby is set to host his 770th episode of the long-running series, which will also mark the fifth time that the programme is hosted in Exeter since 2001. The programme was last recorded in Exeter in May 2011, with the panel comprising of Louise Mensch, Charlotte Harris, Hilary Benn MP, Jeremy Browne, and Christopher Meyer.

Scheduled panellists for this instalment are as follows:
– Lord Paddy Ashdown, former leader of the Liberal Democrats (1988-1999)
– Kate Hoey, Labour MP for Vauxhall since 1989 and former Minister for Sport (1999 – 2001)
– Dr Liam Fox, Conservative MP for North Somerset and former Secretary of State for Defence (2010 – 2011)
– Tim Martin, founder and chairman of the Wetherspoons pub chain and prominent Eurosceptic
– A fifth panellist has not yet been announced

The programme will be recorded in front of a live audience at 8:30pm, and will be broadcasting on BBC1 at 10:35pm.

Applications for anyone who wishes to be part of the audience can apply by filling out an online form on the BBC Question Time website. Requirements for anyone who wishes to fill out the form include their personal details, and two topical issues that they would like to discuss. There are also questions regarding the applicant’s political involvement, and their stance on the EU referendum.

Successful applicants will be contacted on the Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday before the programme.

You can read Exeposé’s interviews with Lord Ashdown here, and with Kate Hoey here.

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