MSP makes her maiden speech to Holy­rood

Clare Haughey talks of her pride at grow­ing up in con­stituency

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Clare Haughey MSP used her maiden speech in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment to speak about her hopes for the Ruther­glen con­stituency.

The SNP mem­ber also paid trib­ute to James Kelly MSP, who she de­feated in May’s election.

Talk­ing dur­ing the de­bate ‘ Tak­ing Scot­land For­ward: Cre­at­ing a Fairer Scot­land’ on Thurs­day, June 2, she said: “I am a Ruther­glen girl. I grew up in the town, I spent my child­hood play­ing in the lo­cal streets and parks, and I at­tended lo­cal schools.

“I re­turned to the area to raise my own fam­ily, know­ing that it is an ideal place to live, to learn and to work.

“Ruther­glen, Cam­bus­lang, Half­way and Blan­tyre have an in­dus­trial her­itage of coal min­ing, steel works and man­u­fac­tur­ing. All those in­dus­tries played a key part in build­ing up the con­stituency and the pop­u­la­tions of the area.

“That lo­cal in­dus­try was dec­i­mated dur­ing the Thatcher era and we re­cently saw shad­ows of that past in the threat to the Lib­erty House steel works in Cam­bus­lang. Through the Scot­tish Govern­ment and the steel task force’s ef­forts, we were re­lieved to have that threat al­le­vi­ated.

“I am ex­tremely proud and hum­bled to have been trusted by my lo­cal com­mu­nity to come to par­lia­ment to rep­re­sent them. I in­tend to do that to the best of my abil­ity.”

On her pre­de­ces­sor, she said: “I am sure that the peo­ple of Ruther­glen were grate­ful for the rep­re­sen­ta­tion that he (James Kelly) gave them here.

“James Kelly was elected on the Glas­gow list, and so has re­turned to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment. I look for­ward to work­ing with him and all the Glas­gow list MSPs from across the par­ties to en­sure that the Ruther­glen con­stituency thrives and grows over the next five years.”

Ear­lier in her speech, Ms Haughey had spo­ken of her wish to see a fairer Scot­land, “where ev­ery­one has the same op­por­tu­ni­ties to suc­ceed in life re­gard­less of their back­ground, race, creed, age, gen­der or sex­u­al­ity.”

She praised the Scot­tish Govern­ment for in­tro­duc­ing a baby box for new­borns.

Ms Haughey spoke of her pre­vi­ous ca­reer as a nurse, fo­cussing on burs­eries for mid­wifery stu­dents and the im­pact of ben­e­fits changes on peo­ple’s men­tal health.

She also said she had a “vested in­ter­est” in the UK Govern­ment’s Trade Union Bill, say­ing: “As an ac­tive trade union­ist for many years, I have fought dis­crim­i­na­tion and un­fair work­ing prac­tices.

“This govern­ment has pledged to do all that it can to mit­i­gate the bill’s ef­fects.”

Speech Clare Haughey MSP ad­dresses par­lia­ment for the first time

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