A second Scottish Government minister has emerged as a contender to be the next deputy leader of the SNP.
Angela Constance, cabinet secretary for training, youth and women’s employment, said her campaign would be based on continuing to make the case for independence.
The 44-year-old is the MSP for Almond Valley and will formally throw her hat in the ring at Loganlea Miners Welfare Club at Addiewell in West Lothian this morning.
Ms Constance, a mother-of-one and a former social worker, was first elected to Holyrood in 2007 and is known for her quirky footwear.
She was elevated to the Scottish cabinet in April as part of a move to ensure women were better represented on what could be described as Scotland’s “company board”.
Transport Minister Keith Brown – MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane – and Dundee East SNP MP Stewart Hosie also hope to replace Nicola Sturgeon as deputy party leader.
Ms Sturgeon, MSP for Glasgow Southside, is to date the only person in the running to replace Alex Salmond as SNP leader and first minister of Scotland.
Her nomination is backed by most of the cabinet.