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.
Clare is the Scottish Government’s Minister for Children and Young People after being appointed to this role by the First Minister in 2021. Prior to this, from 2018, she was Minister for Mental Health.
To contact Clare in her role as Minister for Children and Young People, please email email@example.com or write to Minister for Children and Young People, The Scottish Government, St. Andrew’s House, Regent Road, Edinburgh EH1 3DG.