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This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was in Belfast on 10 February.

He was joined for the interactive debate by Paul Murphy MP, Jeffrey Donaldson MP, Martin McGuinness MP, David Trimble MP, and Mark Durkan.

Paul Murphy MP
PAUL MURPHY MP

Title: Northern Ireland Secretary

Career: Paul Murphy described the recent bank raid in Belfast as "deeply damaging" to the political process.

Soon after entering parliament, he became a spokesman on Welsh affairs and remained on the opposition frontbench in various roles until Labour came to power in 1997.

He was appointed a privy councillor in the 1999 New Year Honours before becoming Northern Ireland secretary in 2002.


Jeffrey Donaldson MP
JEFFREY DONALDSON MP

Title: Democratic Unionist Party

Career: Following policy disagreements, Jeffrey Donaldson defected from the Ulster Unionist Party last year.

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In his recent biography "Not by Might", he made revelations about the UUP claiming there was a secret plot to oust him if he did not support David Trimble's policies.

He remains a fierce opponent of Sinn Fein and the Good Friday Agreement, and is now seeking to create a new deal with a strong unionist movement.


Martin McGuinness MP
MARTIN McGUINNESS MP

Title: Chief Negotiator, Sinn Fein

Career: Martin McGuinness has said that blaming the IRA for the Northern Bank raid has "scuttled" the chances of it disarming.

He has been an influential figure leading the party's devolution negotiations and playing a key role during the talks with unionists, which resulted in the Good Friday Agreement.

Despite opposition from some unionists, he became minister for education in 1999 and promised he would govern for all children.


David Trimble MP
DAVID TRIMBLE MP

Title: Ulster Unionist Party Leader

Career: David Trimble has accused the DUP of giving away too much in the latest round of negotiations on restoring devolution.

Mr Trimble was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize after becoming the first UUP leader to negotiate with Sinn Fein, which resulted in the Good Friday Agreement.

He has led the UUP since 1995 and was first minister of the Northern Ireland Assembly. His party had helped set up the new administration, which included two Sinn Fein ministers.


Mark Durkan
MARK DURKAN

Title: SDLP leader

Career: Mark Durkan succeeded John Hume as leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party in November 2001.

He has criticised the recent "Comprehensive Agreement" proposals because he believes the DUP will be able to veto the appointment of nationalist ministers and have power over their decisions.

Mr Durkan was appointed minister for finance and personnel in the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1999 and was elevated to deputy first minister in 2001.


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



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