|First Minister Nicola Sturgeon|
First Minister Alex Salmond
Preceded by Michael Russell
Name Angela Constance
|First Minister Alex Salmond|
Role Scottish Politician
Preceded by Office created
Party Scottish National Party
|Succeeded by Roseanna Cunningham (as Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training)|
Education University of Stirling, University of Glasgow
Scotland Decides - SNP candidate Angela Constance holds the Almond Valley seat
Angela Constance (born 15 July 1970) is a Scottish National Party (SNP) politician who has been the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities since May 2016. She has been the Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Almond Valley (formerly Livingston) since 2007, and has held a series of ministerial posts in the Scottish Government since 2010.
- Scotland Decides SNP candidate Angela Constance holds the Almond Valley seat
- Early life
- Training Youth and Womens employment
- SNP Depute leadership bid 2014
- Cabinet Secretary for Education
- Cabinet Secretary for Communities Social Security and Equalities
- Personal life
Constance stood as a candidate for Depute leader of the SNP in the party's 2014 leadership contest, but lost to Stewart Hosie.
Constance was born in Blackburn, West Lothian, the daughter of Simon Constance, a coalminer, and Mary Constance (née Colquhoun). She was raised in Addiewell and West Calder. While studying at the University of Glasgow, Constance 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's services and lifelong learning. She also stood for the SNP in the Livingston by-election, 2005.
Training, Youth and Women's employment
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. 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.
Previously, Constance was a junior Scottish cabinet member.
SNP Depute leadership bid, 2014
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. 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.
On 30 September 2014, Constance officially launched her bid to become the Depute leader of the Scottish National Party, competing against Stewart Hosie and Keith Brown. It was later revealed by Constance that she was "not seeking the position of Deputy First Minister".
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.
Cabinet Secretary for Education
Following the election of Nicola Sturgeon as the First Minister, in November 2014, Constance was promoted as the Cabinet Secretary for Education within the Scottish Cabinet.
Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities
After the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, Nicola Sturgeon reshuffled her Cabinet. On 18 May, Constance was appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities.
After her election to Holyrood, Constance announced she was expecting her first child in October 2007.