Angela Constance

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Angela Constance
MSP
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Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning
Incumbent
Assumed office
21 November 2014
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Preceded by Michael Russell
Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment
In office
22 April 2014 – 21 November 2014
First Minister Alex Salmond
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Roseanna Cunningham (as Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training)
Minister for Youth Employment
In office
7 December 2011 – 22 April 2014
First Minister Alex Salmond
Preceded by Position created
Succeeded by Annabelle Ewing (as Minister for Youth and Women's Employment from 21 November 2014)
Minister for Children and Young People
In office
25 May 2011 – 7 December 2011
First Minister Alex Salmond
Preceded by Adam Ingram (as Minister for Children and Early Years)
Succeeded by Aileen Campbell
Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning
In office
12 December 2010 – 25 May 2011
First Minister Alex Salmond
Preceded by Keith Brown
Succeeded by Alasdair Allan
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Almond Valley
Livingston (2007-2011)
Incumbent
Assumed office
3 May 2007
Preceded by Bristow Muldoon
Majority 5,542(18%)
Personal details
Born (1970-07-15) 15 July 1970 (age 44)
Blackburn, West Lothian Scotland
Nationality Scottish
Political party Scottish National Party
Spouse(s) Gary Knox (m. 2000)
Children 1
Alma mater University of Glasgow
University of Stirling
Profession Social worker

Angela Constance (born 15 July 1970) is a Scottish politician who has been Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning since 2014 and the Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament for Almond Valley (formerly Livingston) since 2007.

Constance stood as a candidate for Depute leader of the SNP in the party's 2014 Leadership Contest, but lost to Stewart Hosie.[1]

Early life[edit]

She was born in Blackburn, West Lothian, and raised in Addiewell and West Calder. While studying at the University of Glasgow she was elected President of Glasgow University Students' Representative Council, where her sabbatical vice president was Alasdair Allan, now SNP MSP for the Western Isles.

Before her election to Holyrood, Constance worked as a social worker and was a councillor for West Lothian Council where she was the SNP spokesperson for children services and lifelong learning. She also stood for the SNP in the Livingston by-election, 2005.

Political career[edit]

Training, Youth and Women's employment[edit]

During the 2014 SNP spring conference, First Minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond promoted constance to the Scottish Cabinet in the position of Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment. In the position, Constance was somewhat criticised by the opposition Scottish Labour Party in the Scottish Parliament, claiming that since Constance, youth unemployment in Scotland had actually risen.[2] In response to this, Constance stated:

These figures, based on data for 2013, show that the employment prospects are improving across much of Scotland, with women’s employment driving much of this improvement. “They also show that Scotland continues to outperformed the UK across all headline labour market indicators, with a lower unemployment rate, higher employment rate and lower economic inactivity rate.[3]

Previously, Constance was a junior Scottish cabinet member.[4]

SNP Depute leadership bid, 2014[edit]

Following defeat in the Scottish independence referendum, 2014, Scottish National Party leader and First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond announced his resignation as SNP leader and First Minister of Scotland.[5] In the aftermath of his resignation, a leadership bid was launched, and current Deputy First Minister of Scotland and SNP Depute leader Nicola Sturgeon was widely tipped to become Salmond's successor.[6][7]

On 30 September 2014, Constance officially launched her bid to become the Depute leader of the Scottish National Party,[8][9] competing against Stewart Hosie and Keith Brown.[10] It was later revealed by Constance that she was "not seeking the position of Deputy First Minister".[11]

The results of the election were announced at the SNP Autumn Conference on 14 November, with Constance losing the contest to Stewart Hosie, after being eliminated in the first round.[12]

Personal life[edit]

After her election to Holyrood, Constance announced she was expecting her first child in October 2007.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Scottish Parliament
Preceded by
Bristow Muldoon
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Livingston
2007-2011
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Constituency created
Member of the Scottish Parliament for Almond Valley
2011–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Keith Brown
Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning
2010–2011
Succeeded by
Alasdair Allan
Preceded by
Adam Ingram (as Minister for Children and Early Years)
Minister for Children and Young People
2011
Succeeded by
Aileen Campbell
Preceded by
Office created
Minister for Youth Employment
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Herself (as Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment)
Preceded by
Office created
Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment
2014
Succeeded by
Roseanna Cunningham (as Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training)
Preceded by
Michael Russell
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning
2014-present
Incumbent