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
5 May 2016
Preceded byJames Kelly
Personal details
BornApril 1967 (age 54)
Political partyScottish National Party

Clare Haughey MSP (born April 1967)[1] is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician who has been the Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Rutherglen since in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election. She is currently the Minister for Mental Health.

Nursing career

Haughey trained as a mental health nurse and worked as a clinical nurse manager.[2]

Political career

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 since the establishment of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 until the election in May 2016, when Haughey defeated the incumbent James Kelly.[4]

On 27 June 2018, Haughey was appointed as the Scottish Government's Minister for Mental Health.[5]


  1. ^ "Clare Joan HAUGHEY – Personal Appointments". Companies House. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  2. ^ "National accreditation for mother and baby mental health unit in Glasgow". STV News. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Scottish Parliament election 2016 constituency result: Rutherglen". The Scotsman. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Nine new junior ministers appointed to Scottish government". BBC News. 27 June 2018. Retrieved 27 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)