Alasdair at a glance
Born in Cushendall, Co. Antrim, Alasdair now lives in the South Belfast constituency which he serves as an MP. He is married to Olivia and they have four children, two sons and two daughters.
As well as being a member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) and an MP, Dr McDonnell had, since 1977, been a family GP based at the Ormeau Road in South Belfast until his retirement.
He received his medical training at UCD - University College Dublin which recently awarded him an Honorary Fellowship of the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences.
His political career also kicked off in 1977, when he was elected to Belfast City Council where he served as a local Councillor until he retired in 2001.
During his time as a Councillor he was also elected as Deputy Mayor of Belfast, a post he held from 1995 - 1996. The, in 1998 he became a Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, which he remains to date.
In 2004 Dr McDonnell became SDLP Deputy Leader. A year later in 2005 he made history by becoming the first ever Nationalist candidate to be elected as a Member of Parliament for South Belfast. He is also a member of the Westminster based Northern Ireland Select Affairs Committee. He served as party leader from 2011 - 2015.:: Back to People