Singer Charlotte Church heads panel for Question Time in Swansea
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.
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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."