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The leader of the BNP Nick Griffin was yesterday declared bankrupt. He doesn't own a house, and has run out of money. But there are some other, probably more important things that the far-right politician lacks...

Straw to appear on Question Time with BNP leader

British National Party leader Nick Griffin is to take part in a televised debate with Justice Secretary Jack Straw on BBC1's Question Time, it was confirmed today.

Ian Burrell: The 'BNP on the BBC' debate

In the new edition of the left-leaning New Statesman James Macintyre claims that the BBC is wrong to give BNP leader Nick Griffin a platform on Question Time.

Sean O'Grady: A few anoraks shouldn't keep us up all night

The nostalgia for the all-night election show is overdone. Before the 1970s it was normal for many constituency results, especially rural ones, to be counted and declared the next day. When Harold Wilson's Labour Party narrowly won in 1964, it wasn't until the following teatime that the result from Brecon & Radnor was declared and Mr Wilson could be sure of his invitation to the Palace. The Chinese exploded an atomic bomb and the Russians deposed Nikita Khrushchev overnight, but the delay in forming the government didn't seriously harm the national interest.

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Party may field Cabinet heavyweight to challenge far-right leader

Leading article: The perils of gagging Griffin

Reports that the BBC is considering allowing the BNP leader Nick Griffin to appear on Question Time have drawn predictable expressions of dismay. It is hard to see how this matter will end. Were the torchbearer for Britain's far right actually to appear on the show, the result might well be uproar in the audience and walkouts on the part of some members of the panel. Mr Griffin would, of course, be delighted to be at the centre of such firework displays. Enraging the liberal bourgeoisie is all part of his act.

BBC may invite BNP leader on Question Time

British National Party leader Nick Griffin may be asked to appear on Question Time, the BBC said today.

Question Time: Martin Jarvis

Work: Plays a ‘big beast’ correspondent in the BBC2 comedy Taking the Flak. Film credits include Titanic.

Life: Jarvis, 68, is married to actress and director Rosalind Ayres and has two sons and two grandchildren.

Balance: Produces and directs BBC radio dramas, such as Alan Ayckbourn’s Man of the Moment and Ian Fleming’s Dr No.

Henry Dimbleby: nine restaurants and growing

The co-founder of Leon, the high-quality fast food chain, talks to Simon Evans about his philosophy of the guilt-free good life

Question Time: Louise Minchin

Work: A presenter on the BBC News channel. She is taking part in Around the World in 80 Days, a Children in Need challenge.

Life: Married to gastropub owner David. Daughters: Mia, eight, and Scarlett, four.

Balance: Cycling.

Question Time: Charlie Gillett

Work: Presents ‘World on 3’ on BBC Radio 3 and ‘World of Music’ on the BBC World Service

Life: Married with three children and two grandchildren

Balance: Will be appearing at the Womad world music festival on 24-26 July. Co-founder of Oval Records

Charlie Gillett’s Sound Of The World: Otro Mundo compilation is out now on Warner Classics & Jazz

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Pandora has lost track of Shahid Malik's comings and goings in recent weeks, what with his resigning as a minister over expenses, only to return to the Government a week later and then become the subject of an investigation by John Lyon, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

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Jarvis Cocker - who infamously stormed the stage while Michael Jackson performed at the Brits - has broken his silence about the star's death, calling the singer's musical demise "a tragedy".

The feral beast: 'National' service ends

Just a year after the launch of The National in Abu Dhabi, rumours swirl that Martin Newland is to step down. The former Daily Telegraph editor set up the English-language paper, recruiting several ex-Telegraph hacks to join him.

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