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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 February 2008, 17:34 GMT
This week's panel
Question Time, the BBC's premier political debate programme chaired by David Dimbleby, was in Stirling on Thursday 28 February 2008.

On the panel were the Deputy Scottish Labour leader Cathy Jamieson, the Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie, the Deputy Leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Nicol Stephen and Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow George Galloway.

CATHY JAMIESON MSP

Deputy leader of Labour in the Scottish Parliament, Cathy Jamieson MSP (Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire)

Cathy Jamieson is the Deputy leader of Labour in the Scottish Parliament.

After studying at Glasgow School of Art, she became a social worker, working with troubled young people in Glasgow, Renfrewshire and Ayrshire.

She was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999 and was appointed Minister for Education and Young People in 2001. Following the 2003 election, she was appointed Justice Minister and held this post until May 2007, when the SNP took power.

In January she was one of the most outspoken supporters of Scottish Labour leader Wendy Alexander, who was being investigated by the Electoral Commission for an alleged illegal donation to her leadership campaign.


ANNABEL GOLDIE MSP

Leader of the Scottish Conservatives in the Scottish Parliament, Annabel Goldie MSP (Photo: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire)

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.

This month she claimed that the Conservatives, not Labour, are providing the "real opposition" to the SNP in the Scottish Parliament, after they claimed to have extracted 114m worth of concessions in the latest budget.


NICOLA STURGEON MSP

Scotland's Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP (Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)
Nicola Sturgeon is Scotland's Deputy First Minister, Deputy Leader of the Scottish National Party and Minister for Health and Wellbeing.

She was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999, becoming the SNP spokeswoman on justice, and later on education and health.

After the resignation of SNP leader John Swinney in 2004, she initially announced her intention to run for the leadership, but then stood, and won, as Deputy Leader alongside leader Alex Salmond.

Sturgeon says she believes the case for an independent Scotland "is positive and forward-looking. It is based on the modern values of self-determination, equality, co-operation and mutual respect."


NICOL STEPHEN MSP

Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the Scottish Parliament, Nicol Stephen MSP (Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

Career: Nicol Stephen is the leader of the Liberal Democrats in the Scottish Parliament and was deputy first minister of Scotland in the Labour-Lib Dem coalition administration until the SNP took power last year.

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.

Earlier this month he told the Sunday Herald that "most people in Scotland simply do not want separation but more power for the parliament."


GEORGE GALLOWAY MP

Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, George Galloway MP

Career: George Galloway is the Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow.

Having joined the Labour Party as a young activist, he was elected to parliament as the Labour MP for Glasgow Hillhead in 1987. His increasingly outspoken criticism of the party's leadership, which he dismissed as "Tony Blair's lie machine," led to his expulsion from the party in October 2003.

In January 2004, he co-founded Respect, a coalition of left-wing organisations opposed to the Iraq war, and defeated Labour MP Oona King to become MP for Bethnal Green and Bow at the 2005 general election.

This week he blamed criticism of the House of Commons speaker, Michael Martin, on "class prejudice", saying: "It's anti-Scottish and it's anti-Catholic."



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