General Election Hustings

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.


How will Labour’s manifesto change your family’s life?

Labour have officially launched their 2017 Manifesto. A few of my personal highlights:

  • Funding the NHS properly and guaranteed waiting times again
  • Funding schools properly and limits on infant class sizes
  • An end to the Zero Hour Contracts my son has suffered under
  • An end to the cruelty of benefit sanctions
  • Half a million affordable homes, protecting the greenbelt and prioritising brownfield sites

If we want it, we just need to vote for it.

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


Ruth George is Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for the High Peak

High Peak Labour Party announced yesterday (Monday 1st May) that Ruth George from Whaley Bridge has been selected as the Party’s candidate for the General Election on 8th June.

Ruth, aged 47, has lived in High Peak for over 25 years – for 15 years in New Mills, then for the over ten years with husband Mark at Tunstead Milton, between Whaley Bridge and Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Ruth trained as a tax accountant and helped to found a successful accountancy business in Chapel-en-le-Frith when in her twenties, before taking up politics.

For the last 18 years Ruth has worked as Parliamentary Officer for shopworkers’ union USDAW, campaigning on behalf of staff in retail, including on raising the minimum wage, improving rights to time off work for new parents, against cuts to tax credits and compensation for victims, and setting up the ground-breaking ‘Freedom from Fear’ campaign which addresses violence and abuse of staff in shops.

Find out more About Ruth 

Fiona Sloman, Chair of High Peak Labour Party, welcomed the selection,

“Ruth is an excellent local candidate who is not only well-known for her campaigning in High Peak, but is very experienced in lobbying Parliament on behalf of low-paid workers.  She is absolutely committed to fighting injustice at every level and would make a great MP for High Peak.”

If you would like to get involved, please contact us with a message about how you can help.