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This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was in Edinburgh on 22 February.

He was joined by the former Labour Minister of State for Scotland Baron Foulkes, Deputy First Minister of Scotland Nicol Stephen, leader of the Scottish National Party Alex Salmond, leader of the Scottish Conservatives Annabel Goldie, and Glaswegian comedian and writer Hardeep Singh Kohli.

BARON FOULKES

Baron Foulkes

Career: George Foulkes is a former Labour Minister of State for Scotland, who has been a life peer since 2005.

He was first elected to parliament in 1979 as the Labour and Cooperative MP for South Ayrshire. Following Labour's victory in 1997, he became Under Secretary at the Department for International Development, working as Clare Short's deputy.

From May 2002 to June 2003 he was Minister of State for Scotland, before going on to represent Britain at the Council of Europe.

He stepped down from office at the 2005 general election, and became a life peer later that year.

He has described himself as a "committed supporter" of Scottish devolution, which he has said is based on "taking government closer to the people".


NICOL STEPHEN MSP

Nicol Stephen

Career: Nicol Stephen is Deputy First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

After studying law at Edinburgh University, he became Scotland's youngest councillor when he was elected to Grampian Council in 1982.

He served briefly in Westminster as MP for Kincardine and Deeside, during which time he was the Liberal Democrat spokesperson on small business, before his election to the Scottish parliament in 1999.

It has recently been reported in The Scotsman newspaper that Nicol Stephen plans to seek the role of Scotland's First Minister in any coalition deal between the Liberal Democrats and other parties following the Scottish parliamentary elections in May.


ALEX SALMOND MSP

Alex Salmond

Career: Alex Salmond has been leader of the Scottish National Party since 2004, having first held the post between 1990 and 2000.

He is calling for a referendum on independence for Scotland, a pledge which forms part of the SNP campaign for the May 2007 Scottish parliamentary elections.

He has accused Gordon Brown of "morphing into an Englishman", adding: "The Chancellor may have been born Scottish but he is desperate to become an Englishman."


ANNABEL GOLDIE MSP

Annabel Goldie

Career: Annabel Goldie is leader of the Scottish Conservatives in the Scottish parliament.

After graduating from the University of Strathclyde she worked as a solicitor, entering politics with her election to the Scottish parliament in 1999.

She held the posts of Scottish Conservative spokesman on economy, justice and home affairs, before becoming party leader in November 2005.

She recently spoke out against the government's proposals for nationwide road charging, saying: "This is a regressive tax which would hit households and families on the lowest incomes hardest. The Lib-Lab Pact want roads for the rich - the Scottish Conservatives want roads for the people whose taxes have already paid for them."


HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI

Hardeep Singh Kohli

Career: Hardeep Singh Kohli is a Sikh Glaswegian comedian and writer.

He was the star of the Channel 4 sitcom Meet the Magoons and produced a Channel 4 documentary, In Search of the Tartan Turban, which explored cultural identity as a Scot and ethnic-minority Briton.

He has been a presenter on the current affairs strand The Last Word and on the BBC's Newsnight Review.

In September 2006 he reached the final of BBC One's 'Celebrity Masterchef'.

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