Angela Constance MSP

Angela Constance MSP

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Minister for Drugs Policy (Previously: Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities; Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning; Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women's Employment; Minister for Youth Employment)

The First Minister and Minister for Drugs Policy Angela Constance have attended a meeting of the Drug Deaths Taskforce to discuss the group’s priorities to improve outcomes for people whose lives are affected by drugs.

12th January 2021

Minister for Drugs Policy Angela Constance said: “Meeting the taskforce for the first time was a key opportunity for me to recognise the hard work that has already been done, and to hear ideas of how we can build on the plans we have. “We are determined to lead a national mission to deliver a step…

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Mental Health Awareness Week

16th May 2018

As the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week campaign is stress, you will no doubt have seen many groups and organisations talking about how they are helping people to recognise and manage their stress. There is a lot of good advice out there and for many of us it is about finding what…

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Ending Racial Discrimination

21st March 2018

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights this year and the Declaration is as relevant today as it was the day it was signed – it establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person and that human rights are universal. Everybody should be able to live their lives in…

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Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill

30th January 2018

Women make up 51% of our population, but they are under-represented in decision-making positions across Scotland, including in the boardroom. Women continue to be paid less than their male counterparts and reports of sexual harassment and violence in our society keep reminding us that these issues are not going away. This is not acceptable and…

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Gender recognition consultation is a vital conversation

14th November 2017

One of the benefits of devolution has been an ability to defend and promote LGBTI rights. Scotland was the first country in the UK to consult on same sex marriage, and we’ve reformed adoption law to permit same sex couples to adopt jointly. We also want to do more to ensure that we are creating…

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Scottish Housing Day celebrates everything the housing sector is doing to improve people’s lives

21st September 2017

Having a place to call home is crucial to a happy and healthy life and everyone in Scotland should have a safe and warm place to call home. All of us will have a housing story, and I know some of you have shared your own. Housing also has a wider value beyond a place…

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Elevating women in leadership is not only the right thing to do – it’s the smart thing to do

2nd June 2017

Originally published in the Scotland on Sunday- 28th May 2017 Why is it important that there are women and more women in positions of leadership across the public and private sectors in Scotland? Hillary Clinton famously summed up the first reason when she said: “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights,”…

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International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

17th May 2017

Angela Constance blogs on International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

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Investing in equality

21st March 2017

It should come as no surprise that, as Equalities Secretary, creating a fairer and more equal Scotland is something I’m passionate about. But it’s something that is becoming more important in this changing political landscape. Brexit has, unfortunately, been a factor in the raising of racial tensions and abuse in the UK, according to Home…

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Being bold on International Women’s Day

8th March 2017

Be bold for change. It’s a simple message for this year’s International Women’s Day and one we can all get behind. This international day is a chance to celebrate women’s achievements, contributions and gains. And it is also an opportunity to look at what more can, and should, be done to ensure equality in Scotland,…

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