I am immensely honoured to have been elected as MP for High Peak with a majority of 2,322. Thank you to all those who have worked so hard for me and to all the people of High Peak who have put your trust in me. I will do my very best to fulfil those expectations.
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I am shocked and upset at yesterday’s violence in London and our hearts go out to all those who have been affected, and their families.
Both parties have suspended national campaigning today but the Labour Party are determined that those who wish to bring terror to our streets should not succeed in undermining our democracy and have therefore asked us to continue with our local campaigning on this important final weekend before the election.
The Labour Party’s campaigning is done by volunteers who give up their valuable weekends because they share our vision of a Britain that is fairer and where everyone can prosper, not just the few. Although we all feel great sadness, we must not let last night’s terrible events prevent us from looking forward with hope.
We have suspended our General Election campaigning due to the tragedy in Manchester.
My heart goes out to all who are affected, and as a mum who has taken my older children to concerts at the MEN Arena, I cannot imagine the trauma that families must be suffering.
Thank you to all those, in the whole Manchester area, including High Peak, who have come together to give such an amazing response of support for everyone involved. Many of the emergency and medical staff from Manchester’s hospitals live in High Peak, and thank you especially for your rapid and effective response.
We are all affected by the scenes and trauma of Monday night, and will be for a long time to come. Our children are especially concerned – many had friends, or friends of friends who were at the concert, and they feel for them.
Whilst we must always be vigilant, we must not let the tiny minority who seek terror and destruction achieve their goal of making us live in fear, and prevent us from living our lives to the full.
It is only by reaching out to others that we can help to create a world that is filled with love rather than with hatred. Hatred breeds hatred, and those who seek to perpetrate terror thrive on hatred.
Manchester has set a wonderful example of uniting in compassion and in strength. I hope we can all do likewise to turn our righteous anger to a constructive purpose of working together towards even stronger communities, where no one needs to feel left out or alone.
Because we all have more in common than that which divides us.
Lots of people have told me about their experience of local NHS services and I’m trying to get a better picture so I can campaign for any improvements needed. I’d be grateful if anyone can spare two minutes to fill out our survey on their experiences of using NHS services in the High Peak.
Ruth will be attending a hustings to answer questions from High Peak voters and for other candidates to debate with her on the future of the High Peak.
Thursday, 18 May at 7.30 at New Mills Town Hall
4 candidates for the general election, ready to answer questions.
Please come along to this if you can tomorrow night in New Mills. Ruth is fighting hard to be our Labour MP for the High Peak.