David Dimbleby is hosting the first show of 2018 from Islington
Panelists on the show this week are: Conservative Housing Minister Dominic Raab, Labour MP Dawn Butler, Pro-EU campaigner Gina Miller, Comedian Nish Kumar, and host of ITV’s This Morning Piers Morgan.
It’s been an explosive first week back for Parliament with Theresa May reshuffling her Cabinet and Toby Young resigning from the Office of Students, both topics are likely to be covered during tonight’s show.
It’s also possible that pay discrimination, a cut down on plastics, and Brexit will be discussed as all have featured prominently in the news over the past few days.
Question Time LIVE Updates:
23.56pm: Dimbleby brings the debate to a close
David Dimbleby has ended the debate after a series of feirce excahnges on the show.
Next week Question Time will be broadcast from Hereford.
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Dimbleby brings the debate to a close
23.53pm: Should Virgin ban newspaper they disagree with?
With just minutes left of the debate left the host has asked the panel for their thoughts on Virgin banning newspapers they disagree with.
Gina Miller supports the move saying that the train operator should be allowed to stock whichever newspapers they want.
Meanwhile, Piers Morgan has called the decison “pathetic” and pointed out that Virgin only stock pro-EU newspapers now.
Dominic Raab has also condemned the position and called for consumers to be able to decide what newspapers to read.
23.45pm: Trump comments “bizarre”
Conservative Minister Dominic Raab has said he thought Trump’s comments on being a “stable genius” were “bizarre”.
However, he has said that the UK needs to respect the office of the President while equally not being afraid to say when they disagree with him.
23.42pm: Debate moves on
The panel are now discussing: “Is Donald Trump a stable genius”
David Dimbleby said Labour can’t say the NHS is in crisis
23.40pm: Dimbleby turns on Dawn Butler
Dawn Butler has said that the NHS is the best health service in the world but accused the Government of creating a health “crisis”.
Pointing out problems in the Labour MP’s answer David Dimbleby asks Ms Butler how it can be in a “crisis” if it’s the best.
The Labour politian seems unable to give a straight answer to the question.
Dominic Raab jokes that the answer was no clearer than Jeremy Corbyn’s position on Brexit.
23.33pm: “Stop the petty point scoring!”
Piers Morgan has said political parties need to stop arguing over the NHS and start working together.
Pointing out the pressures the health service is under he says that it will be unable to cope going forwards unless politicians work together.
Piers Morgan tells politicians to work together
23.25pm: Third question of the evening
“Should Jeremy Hunt be sacked rather than given extra responsibilities?”
23.25pm: Gina Miller supports Toby Young resignation
Gina Miller has said that it was right Toby Young resigned from his Government position.
The campaigner says that anyone who makes comments that are made to offend people should not be in Government.
23.21pm: Dawn Butler under pressure
Dominic Raab has told Dawn Butler to condemn comments made by Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell for distasteful comments about Tory MP Esther McVey.
She says that she codemns all threats against women but refuses to specifically deal with the comments made by Jeremy Corbyn’s right hand man.
23.12pm: Labour “hypocrisy” pointed out by Piers Morgan
ITV’s Life Stories host has said Labour are being hypocritical by being outraged at Toby Young.
He points out that Jeremy Corbyn’s party were willing to forgive Jarad O’Mara for his tweets when he was criticised for making outrageous remarks in the past.
The Sheffield labour MP was suspended from the party but only after significant pressure was placed on the Labour leadership.
Piers Morgan has accused Labour of treating Toby Young differently to Jared O’Mara
23.08pm: New Question
It’s onto the second question of the night: “With the resignation of Toby Young, are we giving into mob rule by the snowflake generation?”
23.06pm: “Dogmatic EU”
Dominic Raab has accused the EU of being “dogmatic” in their approach to Brexit.
He says that the Government wanted the issue of citizens rights sorted before the divorce bill was discussed.
He says that rather than putting citizens lives first the EU insisted on the money issue being discussed at the same time.
23.04pm: Audience member demands Labour come clean to the country
One audience member has furiously ripped into the labour party.
Aiming his anger at Dawn Butler he has told her that Jeremy Corbyn has failed to be clear on their position on the EU.
He’s demanded that the party let the country know their position.
Piers Morgan has joined in the attack and told Ms Butler to explain if Labour want to be in or out of the customs union.
The MP is unable to give a clear answer.
22.59pm: Piers Morgan mocks EU cheerleaders
Piers Morgan has mocked Remoaners for constantly going on about the referendum result.
Comparing the vote to a football match, he’s accused Gina Millar and her pro-EU friends of losing a football match and then insisting on playing it again until they get the result they want.
Ms Millar looked furious at the analogy.
The panel are clashing on whether there should be a second referendum
10.53pm: Dominic Raab blasts Gina Millar
The new Conservative Housing Minister has criticised the Remoaner for “shifting the goalposts”.
He highlights that Gina Millar wanted a vote in Parliament to trigger Article 50 and has now changed her opinion to argue there’s a need for a second referendum.
The MP has said it’s time for the country to “get on” with delivering the result of the June 2016 vote.
10.48pm: The first question
The first question of the night: “When are ridiculous suggestions of a second referendum going to stop?”
Gina Millar answers arguing that a “peoples vote” must be given to the issue after the negotiation.
She claims it must be a vote foe the people, not parliament.
10.47pm: A second referendum?
Nigel Farage today said that a second referendum may be the only way to settle the issue of Brexit given how divided the country has become.
The announcement from the champion of divorce from the EU came as a shock.
Could this be one of the topics the panel are asked about?
10.40pm: Piers Morgan was a popular pundit
One audience member has claimed said Piers Morgan “received a big applause” when he entered the Question Time studio.
The figure is known for his controversy and people usually have mixed opinions about his views.
10.35pm: Piers Morgan is already tweeting about the show
Piers Morgan has already tweeted about tonight’s programme which is filmed a couple of hours in advance.
He has promised a fiery encounter.
The TV personality has said thing “got so heated, the chairman had to raise his voice”.
Piers Morgan and Gina Millar are likely to cause a lively show tonight
Who is Dominic Raab?
Dominic Raab is the Conservative MP for Esher and Walton and was first elected to the House of Commons in 2010.
Appointed Housing Minister in Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle on Monday, Mr Raab has been tipped as a future leader of the Tory Party.
A staunch pro-Brexit campaigner, he is the son of Czech born immigrant who came to Britain as refugee in 1938.
Before entering Parliament he worked as a lawyer, representing the foreign office.
Who is Dawn Butler?
Dawn Butler is a Labour politician, who has been MP for Brent Central since May 2015.
Ms Butler was appointed as Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities by Jeremy Corbyn last summer.
The Labour MP was one of the most prominent voices in Parliament calling for Toby Young to be sacked from his role on he board of the new higher education watchdog before he resigned on Tuesday.
She first sat in Parliament between 2005 and 2010 as the representative for Brent South.
Who is Gina Miller?
Remoaner Gina Miller came to prominence in the weeks following the EU referendum in 2016.
An investment manager by trade Ms Miller frustrated the Brexit process by taking the Government to court in 2016 to demand Parliament had the right to overrule the referendum result.
Despite wining her case MPs overwhelmingly voted in favour of triggering Article 50 in the House of Commons.
She was previously married to Jon Maguire, an anti-EU campaigner, but they divorced in 2002.
Who is Piers Morgan?
Notorious host of ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Piers Morgan is making his 22nd appearance on Question Time.
He is a columnist for the Mail Online and the Mail on Sunday.
The former Mirror Editor is also one of only 45 people followed by Donald Trump on Twitter.