Born in Cushendall, Alasdair now lives in the South Belfast constituency which he has served as an MP since 2005. He is married to Olivia and they have four children, two sons and two daughters.
He received his medical training at University College Dublin which recently awarded him an Honorary Fellowship of the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences. Alasdair was a family GP based on the Ormeau Road in South Belfast from 1977 until his retirement.
His political career also kicked off in 1977 when he was elected to Belfast City Council where he served as a local Councillor until 2001. During his time as a Councillor he was also elected as Deputy Mayor of Belfast, a post he held from 1995 - 1996.
In 1998 he became a Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly. In June 2015 Alasdair stood down as MLA for South Belfast and was replaced by Claire Hanna.
In 2005 he made history by becoming the first ever Nationalist candidate to be elected as a Member of Parliament for South Belfast. He has been a member of the Westminster based Northern Ireland Select Affairs Committee.
He served as Party Leader from 2011 - 2015.:: Back to People