Scottish election: “An incredibly special day for equalities”

Fifty eight women have been elected to serve as members of Scottish parliament (MSPs), a record high of 45%. The elections, which took place on Thursday, May 5, have made history on many fronts.

Kaukab Stewart of the Scottish National Party (SNP) became the first woman of colour to be elected to the Scottish parliament. 

“It has taken too long, but to all the women and girls of colour out there: the Scottish parliament belongs to you too, so whilst I may be the first, I will not be the last,” Stewart said in her acceptance speech on Saturday.

She was joined, just hours later, by Scottish Conservative Pam Gosal, the country’s first ever Indian Sikh MSP.

In another win, Scottish Labour’s Pam Duncan-Glancy became the first wheelchair-using MSP. “I promise to do everything in my power to make sure that the path for the next disabled and permanent wheelchair-using MSP is nowhere near as hard as it has been for the first,” she told reporters. “It really has been an incredibly special day for equalities”. 

Sources: The Guardian, The Press and Journal

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