About Clare

Clare Haughey is the constituency MSP for Rutherglen. She was candidate for the SNP in her home town, and was elected in May 2016 with a commitment to be a strong voice for the Rutherglen constituency. She was re-elected in 2021 on an increased turnout, with an increased majority.

“I come from Rutherglen, I grew up here, and I’ve spent most of my life here” Clare says, “and I have been inspired by local people and how to challenge inequalities”. Clare’s priority is to work to make life better for those in the constituency and to tackle unfairness and inequality – whether from sharp practice by employers, or by the UK government in Westminster.

She has been a mental health nurse for 30 years and specialises in issues before, after and during pregnancy. Clare is also passionate about workers’ rights, was an active trade unionist and has been an Divisional Convener at Unison. She was also the treasurer of a mental health charity, before giving up that role in advance of being elected.