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13 May 2004
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was in St Andrews on 13 May. He was joined for the interactive debate by Alistair Darling MP, Annabel Goldie MSP, Malcolm Bruce MP, Alex Salmond MP and Julia Hartley-Brewer.

Alistair Darling MP

ALISTAIR DARLING MP

Title: Transport and Scottish Secretary

Career: Alistair Darling took on the highly sensitive role of Transport Secretary following the resignation of Stephen Byers in 2002.

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Mr Darling, who is seen as one of Tony Blair's most trusted cabinet colleagues, was also given the task of speaking on Scottish affairs in the Commons following the abolition of the Scottish Office.

He was first elected for Edinburgh Central in 1987 but at the next general election will fight the Edinburgh South West seat as his constituency is disappearing under new boundary changes.


Annabel Goldie MSP

ANNABEL GOLDIE MSP

Title: Scottish Conservative Deputy Leader

Career: Annabel Goldie has helped her party rebuild its support after losing all its Scottish MPs in the 1997 general election.

As party justice spokesman she recently accused Scotland's Justice Minister, Cathy Jamieson of "running around like a banshee" and called for her resignation over the accidental release of a number of prisoners.

Miss Goldie graduated from Strathclyde University and practised as a solicitor before entering politics. She is also a member of the Law Society of Scotland and the Scottish Law Agents Society.


Malcolm Bruce MP

MALCOLM BRUCE MP

Title: Liberal Democrat Trade and Industry Spokesman

Career: Malcolm Bruce is one of his party's longest serving MPs, having held his Scottish seat since 1983, initially for the Liberals.

Mr Bruce has held many senior positions within the party including leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats and helped develop their policy of a penny on income tax to boost education.

He recently demanded an inquiry into the price of holidays during school breaks. It followed the government's decision to fine parents who take their children away during term-time.


Alex Salmond MP

ALEX SALMOND MP

Title: Former Scottish National Party Leader

Career: Alex Salmond was elected leader of the SNP in 1990 and held the post for 10 years.

His resignation in 2000 shocked many as it came at a time when his party was enjoying great success in Scotland and at Westminster.

He continues to sit on the Party's NEC (National Executive Committee) and is leader of its Westminster parliamentary group but says he intends to return to the Scottish Parliament at the 2007 election.


Julia Hartley-Brewer

JULIA HARTLEY-BREWER

Title: Sunday Express Political Editor

Career: Julia Hartley-Brewer has been the political editor of the Sunday Express since March 2001.

A graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford, Julia Hartley-Brewer has also worked for The Guardian and Evening Standard as a political and news reporter.

As a broadcaster she makes regular appearances on the BBC, Sky, GMTV and Channel Five. She has also been a guest on Richard and Judy and Have I Got News For You.


BBC One's Question Time is broadcast on Thursdays at 2235 GMT.

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