Clare Haughey

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Clare Haughey

Minister for Mental Health
Assumed office
27 June 2018
First MinisterNicola Sturgeon
Preceded byMaureen Watt
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Rutherglen
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Preceded byJames Kelly
Personal details
Political partyScottish National Party

Clare Haughey MSP is a Scottish politician who is a Scottish National Party (SNP) member of Scottish Parliament for Rutherglen, elected in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election. She is currently the Minister for Mental Health.

Nursing career[edit]

Haughey trained as a mental health nurse and worked as a clinical nurse manager.[1] She continues to volunteer with the NHS during her spare time.[2]

Political career[edit]

In September 2015 the SNP branch selected her as the candidate for the Rutherglen constituency, ahead of the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.[3] The constituency had been held by Labour until the election in May 2016 when Haughey was elected, defeating the incumbent James Kelly.[4]

In June 2018, Clare Haughey was appointed as the Scottish Government's Minister for Mental Health.[5]


  1. ^ "National accreditation for mother and baby mental health unit in Glasgow". STV News. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
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  3. ^ Dickie, Douglas (15 September 2015). "Rutherglen SNP branch select Clare Haughey to fight seat as she accuses Labour of taking area for granted". Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Scottish Parliament election 2016 constituency result: Rutherglen". The Scotsman. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
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