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RHI: Who is former DUP MLA Jonathan Bell

Jonathan Bell - BBC
Jonathan Bell - BBC
A movie poster, originally for the film, Heat, starring Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino with the heads of Jonathan Bell and Arlene Foster superimposed by, The Ulster Fry, regarding the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme
European elections count at the Kings Hall in south Belfast. The DUP's Peter Robinson and Jonathan Bell.
19th September 2011 -Junior Ministers Martina Anderson and Jonathan Bell enjoy the dragon dance at the opening of the new Chinese welfare building on the Stranmillis Embankment in Belfast.
15/12/2016 BBC interview titled The Truth where former DUP minister Jonathan Bell has said he will reveal what he describes as "the truth" about the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.
Former DUP councillor Ruth Patterson.
Martina Anderson MLA and Jonathan Bell MLA, OFMDFM Junior MInisters pictured during a visit to the Brandywell Stadium as part of a tour of the TRIAX area in Derry-Londonderry. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 26.5.11
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th May 2015Ê Bell: Tourism already a winner at Royal County Down Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell wishes Michael Hoey well ahead of his second round at The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation. Over 90,000 spectators are expected to flock to Royal County Down to see some of the best golfers in the world battle the elements in a bid to take home the trophy on Sunday. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
ption Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell and Tourism Ireland's Niall Gibbons are pictured with Northern Ireland chefs Stephen Toman, ( OX, Belfast) and Ian Orr, (Browns Restaurant, Londonderry and Ardtara Country House, Upperlands) who were at the New York launch of NI Year of Food and Drink 2016 to showcase Northern Ireland cuisine.
Jonathan Bell talks to Belfast Telegraph Journalist Suzanne Breen. Pic by Peter Morrison
10th May 2013 - Ulster vs Llanelli Scarlets, RaboDirect PRO12 Semi Final Playoff at Ravenhill Belfast. First Minister Peter Robinson along with Northern Ireland Executive Ministers Jonathan Bell, Arlene Foster and Edwin Poots pictured supporting Ulster at Ravenhill
6/5/2011 Peter Robinson with Michelle McIlveen and Jonathan Bell who won seats in the Strangford election at the count in Newtownards Leisure Centre in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th May 2015Ê Bell: Tourism already a winner at Royal County Down Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell wishes Darren Clarke well ahead of the Ryder Cup Captain's second round at The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation. Over 90,000 spectators are expected to flock to Royal County Down to see some of the best golfers in the world battle the elements in a bid to take home the trophy on Sunday. Over 90,000 spectators are expected to flock to Royal County Down to see some of the best golfers in the world battle the elements in a bid to take home the trophy on Sunday. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 3rd June 2014 - First Minister Peter Robinson and Junior Minister Jonathan Bell pictured with Dr Raied Al-Wazzan and Dr Saleem Tareen during his visit to the Belfast Islamic Centre in Wellington Park, south Belfast this evening. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
12th July 2017 - Junior Minister Jonathan Bell at the end of the parade at Barnetts Demesne in Belfast.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland - Tuesday 21st February 2012 - Young Fermanagh Gaelic footballer Mark McGovern, a member of the Belcoo Club, suffered a serious brain injury while playing in San Francisco last June. Mark, who is making remarkable progress from his injury, was a guest of the First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont today. Martin McGuinness presented him with an Ulster jersey which he personally signed. Mark is pictured with Junior Minister Jonathan Bell and First Minister Peter Robinson. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - 5th February 2015 - Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Jonathan Bell, officially opened Electric Ireland�s new Belfast offices today at Cromac Quay. Minister Bell is pictured with Ellvena Graham, Chairman of ESB and Pat O�Doherty Chief Executive ESB. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
22 May 2015 Election poster of Jonathan Bell Dup still on display on the Cregagh Road, Belfast.
Junior Minister Jonathan Bell, who attended the Northern Ireland International Air-show at Portrush on Saturday, gets his future pilot wings when he took the controls in the pilots seat of a mock-up of a RAF Typhoon fighter. Picture. Maurice Thompson.
Press Release image Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th May 2015Ê Bell: Tourism already a winner at Royal County Down Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell is pictured with James Finnegan, European Tour and Kathryn Thomson, Tourism NI, at The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation. Over 90,000 spectators are expected to flock to Royal County Down to see some of the best golfers in the world battle the elements in a bid to take home the trophy on Sunday. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Arlene Foster and Jonathan Bell pictured together in 2015.
2nd September 2010 Jonathan Bell.
23rd February 2013 Mandatory Credit - Memorial parade and service for UDR soldiers killed 25 years ago while on duty in Belfast City Centre. Fred Starrett and James Cummings were manning a security gate on Royal Avenue when an IRA bomb exploded. Both soldiers were members of the Orange Order who commemorate the killings every year. The Lord Mayor of Belfast Gavin Robinson(left) and the DUP's Jonathan Bell pictured during the memorial service at place of the explosion.
Open Champion Rory McIlroy pictured with Jonathan Bell MLA in Stormont Castle
Anthem row at remembrance event at Stormont - pic of Martin McGuinness standing beside Jonathan Bell, Theresa Villiers while God Save the Queen is sung
Northern Ireland- 23rd February 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Memorial parade and service for UDR soldiers killed 25 years ago while on duty in Belfast City Centre. Fred Starrett and James Cummings were manning a security gate on Royal Avenue when an IRA bomb exploded. Both soldiers were members of the Orange Order who commemorate the killings every year. The Lord Mayor of Belfast Gavin Robinson(left) and the DUP's Jonathan Bell pictured during the memorial service at place of the explosion.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 23rd November 2011 Inter Faith Event at Stormont hosted by Liam Clarke. Margaret McNulty, Edwin Graham and Jonathan Bell Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
7th February 2017 - Jonathan Bell arrives at the election office in Belfast to submit papers to stand as an independent in the assembly election for Strangford following his suspension from the party
13th May 2014 - First Minister Peter Robinson, Diane Dodds MEP and Junior Minister Jonathan Bell have an ice-cream from Glastry Farm at the Balmoral Show
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 6: Northern Ireland First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson (C) gives a thumbs up as he poses for a photograph in front of an election billboard along with DUP Westminister candidates Gavin Robinson (R) and Jonathan Bell (L) on May 6, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Many political observers have predicted that the expected 8-10 DUP Westminster seats could have a key role in deciding who will form the next government if the general election results in a hung parliment. In anticipation of the important role the party may play the DUP has already outlined their demands from a potential government partner and hasn't ruled out working with Labour or the Conservatives. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st November 2015 - Jonathan Bell at the DUP annual conference at the La Mon House Hotel Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
10th May 2013 - First Minister Peter Robinson along with Northern Ireland Executive Ministers Jonathan Bell, Arlene Foster and Edwin Poots supporting Ulster at Ravenhill Picture by Darren Kidd /Presseye.com
Junior Minister Jonathan Bell tells his joke as compare Eamonn Mallie wipes away thetears of laughter at this years Voice Box Competition held at the Senate Chambre in Parliament Buildings. Picture by Brian Morrison
3rd May 2011 - DUP party leader Peter Robinson along with Robin Newton, Jonathan Bell, Jim Wells and Nigel Dodds hold a press conference in Dundonald ahead of the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections.

Born in March 1970 Jonathan Bell first came to prominence when he replaced the MLA for Strangford, Iris Robinson.

He has a degree in psychology from Queen's as well as a Masters in social work and worked in the sector up until 2010.

He also served as a councillor.

From 1997 to 2005 he sat on Craigavon Borough Council serving as both mayor and deputy mayor before moving to Ards Borough Council where he served until 2011.

He was also a Commissioner for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission between 2005 and 2010.

In 2010 he was co-opted as Strangford MLA replacing Iris Robinson.

Considered a close ally of the former First Minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson he served as a junior minister in the Office of First and Deputy First Minister.

15/12/2016 - BBC interview titled The Truth where former DUP minister Jonathan Bell has said he will reveal what he describes as
15/12/2016 - BBC interview titled The Truth where former DUP minister Jonathan Bell has said he will reveal what he describes as "the truth" about the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.

In May 2015 he was appointed as Minister for the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment replacing Arlene Foster and remained in the post until May 2016.

It was during this time that he ended the lucrative tarries in the RHI scheme before closing it down.

It was Mr Bell's explosive claims against DUP leader Arlene Foster and party advisers in December 2016 which turned up the temperature on the green energy scheme scandal.

24/10/12The DUP's Jonathan Bell celebrate's a goal during a match at Stormont in aid of F.A.R.E football against racism in Europe.
24/10/12The DUP's Jonathan Bell celebrate's a goal during a match at Stormont in aid of F.A.R.E football against racism in Europe.

Mr Bell was suspended from the DUP in December 2016 after giving a televised interview with BBC journalist Stephen Nolan.

In the Assembly election for 2017 he stood as an independent under the banner "time for the truth" only to fail to retain his seat.

"I have had to do one of the most difficult things in my life; tell the Northern Ireland public the truth and shine a light and deal with a major problem," he said in his extraordinary BBC interview with Stephen Nolan.

"The facts are documents, emails, times and dates. You will not find one single thing that is not the truth. I have done my duty.

"God does not punish people for telling the truth. Let's see how it plays out."

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