Ruth responds to the Queen’s Speech

The Queen’s Speech was more notable for what was not included, than the legislation set out.


As the Conservatives no longer have a majority in Parliament following the general election and are not even able to put together a coalition as yet, they are not able to go ahead with many of the most damaging policies from their manifesto.


I am very pleased that the following manifesto policies were not included in the Queen’s Speech:


  • Means testing of the Winter Fuel Allowance for pensioners
  • Ending the Triple Lock on pensions
  • The ‘Dementia Tax’ on social care
  • A Grammar School system
  • Ending free school meals for 5, 6 and 7 year olds
  • Fox hunting


By replacing a Conservative MP with a Labour MP, people in High Peak have already made a real difference to the future of our country and a significant contribution to preventing these harmful policies, which so many people told me concerned them.


It is good to see that the Conservatives’ manifesto proposals for a very hard Brexit have been softened by adopting the Labour Party’s priorities of supporting businesses and jobs, and I look forward to working with MPs from all parties to try to retain as many of the economic benefits of the European Union during the negotiations on Brexit.


I am also pleased that the government have committed to legislation on two areas which I and the Labour Party have been advocating for several years:


  • Ending letting agents’ fees
  • A price cap on excessive energy bills


However, I am most concerned at the lack of action in the Queen’s Speech on the most pressing issues which we face:


  • Huge cuts faced by our schools
  • Long waits for health services
  • Existing and impending Cuts to support for people who need it, particularly People with disabilities and families on low incomes
  • An increase in affordable homes
  • A huge skills shortage which contributes to low productivity across the UK
  • Government investment in our much-needed transport infrastructure


The Queen’s Speech represents a continuation of austerity and further cuts to our struggling public services  – a policy which is not only cruel to those who need support, but also holds back our economy and has seen our deficit more than double over the past 7 years.


I and others in the Labour Party will be fighting to ensure that public funding is increased where it is needed, but also against the waste of public funds, particularly on unneeded Free Schools, and on contracting out our health services to the private sector.


I will also be fighting against cuts to our local services in High Peak and to make sure that our corner of Derbyshire is not overlooked when it comes to the fair distribution of reducing resources.


This very sparse Queen’s Speech makes clear that there is a lot to do both in High Peak and across the country.

Ruth George’s Campaign against School Cuts in the High Peak

High Peak’s Labour candidate Ruth George is campaigning against the planned £3 Million cuts to high Peak’s schools.

“I have 2 sons in primary school and my daughter is training as a teacher in the High Peak, so I know just how stretched our schools are already, with class sizes rising and teachers already being lost.”

Headteachers have warned that the Conservatives’ planned cuts of £3 billion a year by 2019 will take schools to ‘breaking point’.

Ruth George will fight for all schools to be funded fairly:

A Labour Government will stop the cuts to school budgets with a real terms increase funding and introduce a fair funding formula that ensures no schools in the High Peak would lose out. We will:

  1. Stop the £2.5 Billion of school funds the government plans to give to private companies to set up ‘Free Schools’  – even when a new school is not needed.
  2. Halt the £360 Million Theresa May is giving to bring back Grammar Schools
  3. Bring Academy Schools back under democratic control and require all teachers to be properly qualified
  4. Keep class sizes down
  5. Give a free school meal to every primary school pupil