In what has been a shocking week that has seen Iran retaliate against the US following the assassination of one of Tehran’s top military generals, 170 people die in a horror plane crash and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stand down from Royal Family life, the return of the hit BBC show in Oxford could not have come at a better time.
And let’s not forget following a dismal election campaign, Labour leadership candidates at last put their names forward to run for Jeremy Corbyn’s job.
The likes of Tory Brandon Lewis, Labour’s Clive Lewis and think-tank expert Miatta Fahnbulleh joined Fiona Bruce for the debate.
The panel was completed by The Economist’s Anne McElvoy and author Max Hastings.
Next week’s show will be in Liverpool.
Follow below for live updates…
11.38pm udpate: Question Time ends
11.34pm update: Anne McElvoy says special advisers ‘shake up the system’
“You do need this shock to the system sometimes.”
“Our politics is changing and we do need different people.”
Clive Lewis compares Dominic Cummings to Rasputin.
Miatta said Mr Cummings is “hard to work with” and “shakes up the system”.
Clive Lewis compares him to the “undead Jonathan Harker”.
11.30pm update: Audience member asks: ‘Are special advisers a threat to democracy?’
Brandon Lewis thinks Dominic Cummings’ job advert was a good idea.
“I think special advisers play an important part in politics.”
Max Hastings said we should “restrict the weirdos to the House of Commons”.
Clive Lewis took offence to the comment.
11.29pm update: Fiona asks Brandon Lewis who he fears most in Labour’s leadership bid
He said he does not want to give advice to Labour.
11.26pm update: Audience member asks Clive Lewis whether Labour’s defeat was a failure of policy or leadership
Mr Lewis says we “should have jumped one way or the other.”
11.25pm update: Audience member says ‘we haven’t had a strong opposition party in this country for years’
11.20pm update: Clive Lewis says we are facing an “existential crisis” in democracy
Fiona Bruce asked whether this is because the Labour Party won’t get enough support on its own.
“We need to collaborate with other parties.”
“The centre ground of politics shifts all the time.”
11.18pm update: Max Hastings says he is Tory but voted for Tony Blair
However, he said he turned away from Labour because Blair decided to invade Iraq.
Audience member said “we will not see another Labour Government in 10 years.”
11.15pm update: Audience member asks: ‘Should the Labour party make a clean break from Corbynism?’
Ms Bruce interrupts Miatta’s response by saying: “Have you actually answered the question Miatta? I don’t really understand what you’re saying.”
Miatta says Labour’s manifesto was “overloaded”.
“I don’t believe it was a Marxist prospectus.”
11.10pm update: Audience member says ‘Trump is not just a rogue President acting on his own’
Brandon Lewis responded by saying “we do live in dangerous times which is why we want to see de-escalation.”
“This is a very good example of why we are leaving the EU.”
Mr Lewis said the special relationship between the US and the UK, goes beyond the relationship between a Prime Minister and a President, it’s history.
11.08pm update: Anne McElvoy makes a snide joke towards Max Hastings
“I’m shocked to see Max appears to be turing into Jeremy Corbyn!”
11.04pm update: Clive Lewis – ‘The world is a more dangerous place’
He said the people of Iraq and Iran were pleading with their Governments on the streets.
Mr Lewis added the Government has “fallen at the first hurdle”.
“We haven’t even seen the Prime Minister!”
11.02pm update: Audience member asks whether Brexit could be impacted if the US is ‘cutting us out the loop of major decisions’
11.01pm update: Brandon Lewis says the US has the right to defend itself
11pm update: Miatta Fahnbulleh says Trump is being reckless
“This is another example of Trump being cavalier.”
“I don’t understand what his end goal is.”
“The UK has to tell our allies when they’re being reckless… they’re putting people at risk.”
10.58pm update: Brandon Lewis said Canadian PM Trudeau says a missile brought down the Ukrainian plane in Iran
“We all want to see a de-escalation of this.”
“This is a dangerous part of the world, and we’re living in dangerous times.”
10.56pm update: Fiona Bruce asked if anyone in the audience disagreed with what they have done
No one put their hand up. Everyone agreed with the Duke and Duchess’ decision.
10.55pm update: Audience member says Harry should have gone to The Queen and spoken to her before he made a decision
Fiona Bruce said that there have been reports that The Queen was aware in some respects.
10.50pm update: Miatta Fahnbulleh said she has a lot of sympathy for Harry and Meghan
“Meghan does not conform to what some people would think a Royal must look like or act like.”
“I do think it shines a spotlight on the royal family and the monarchy… it needs to be reformed.”
“It needs to be scaled down.”
She also said that some of the money they earn should be given back to the public “because it belongs to us”.
10.48pm update: Anne McElvoy gives her opinion on Meghan and Harry’s latest move
Ms McElvoy said the question is what the role is of those who are in the outer core of the family.
She said it’s going to be hard to “pull-off” and can’t be done by an exchange of “hostile communications”.
She added: “I think most coverage is very postive in the UK.”
10.45pm update: Audience member asks “shoudn’t they immediately stop asking for money?”
Brandon Lewis said it is inappropriate for him to comment.
He added that Meghan and Harry do amazing work for the country but that this is an issue for the Royal Family.
10.44pm update: Max Hastings says he feels “sorry for The Queen in all this”
He said Prince Charles, Prince William and The Queen deserve sympathy in all this.
10.42pm update: Fiona asks Clive Lewis whether it is just the media that is to blame
Mr Lewis said that Harry and Meghan have every right to make this decision.
He also said the way in which The Queen was not made aware of the situation is simply a “family matter”.
10.40pm update: First audience question
Is Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back as senior royals “petty and ill-judged”?
Clive Lewis said it is not.
He said the way she has been treated by the British media has been “disgraceful”. He mentions that some of the coverage has been seen as racist.
He added: “I think it’s up to them in the 21st century to make that decision.”
Mr Lewis also said that Harry has seen it happen before because of how his mother, Princess Diana, was harrassed by the media.
10.38pm update: Fiona Bruce opens the show in Oxford for the first Question Time of 2020
Who is Brandon Lewis?
- He is the Conservative Security Minister.
- He was Party Chairman under Theresa May.
- He is the MP for Great Yarmouth since 2010.
Who is Clive Lewis?
- He is a candidate for the Labour leadership.
- He is the Shadow Treasury Minister.
- He served in Afghanistan in the Territorial Army.
Who is Miatta Fahnbulleh?
- She is the Chief Executive of left of centre think-tank the New Economics Foundation.
- She worked as an advisor to Ed Miliband.
Who is Max Hastings?
- He is an author and journalist.
- He has written 27 books, many on international conflicts.
- He regularly writes for the Sunday Times.
Who is Anne McElvoy?
- She is Senior Editor at the Economist.
- She covered Russia and Germany for the Times newspaper.
- She makes documentaries for BBC Radio 4.