Special Question Time episode to target first-time voters

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Singer Jamelia and Apprentice winner Tim Campbell will join politicians on the panel of a special edition of Question Time targeting young people ahead of the general elect

First Time Voters' Question Time will also include Higher Education Minister David Lammy, shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, Liberal Democrat local government spokeswoman Julia Goldsworthy and political satirist Rory Bremner on the panel, announced today.



Hosted by X-Factor presenter Dermot O'Leary, the one-off BBC3 show will be filmed in front of an audience of first-time voters and broadcast live from London's Canary Wharf at 8pm tomorrow.



O'Leary said: "After recent events, it seems politicians from all parties have got their work cut out for them to win over the trust of the electorate and especially first-time voters.



"I really hope we can answer a lot of the questions that first-time voters have and help engage the policy-makers of tomorrow."



Ed Havard, editor of Question Time and First Time Voters' Question Time, said: "This is a unique programme and an important piece of public service broadcasting in the current context.



"We are pleased to have secured panellists who can debate some of the issues of greatest concern to first-time voters."



Campbell was the first winner of the Apprentice and has since left Amstrad to set up the Bright Ideas Trust, which helps youngsters to start up in business.



Jamelia is also an ambassador for the Prince's Trust.

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