As mum to four children – Sam, Becky, Matty and Danny – Ruth is very much a part of the local community. Having been a school governor for several years, she is now a member of Whaley Bridge After-School Club committee, where she has set up a pension scheme for the staff and recently applied for a grant of European funding for new facilities for the Club and Whaley Bridge Primary School.
Previously Ruth worked as Parliamentary Officer for shopworkers’ union USDAW, for 18 years, 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.
Ruth is a committed local campaigner. Having fought against development on greenfield sites around Chapel for several years, in 2011 she helped to set up and was vice chair of Chapel Vision, the first community group to successfully produce a Neighbourhood Plan. Recently, she has been lobbying Andrew Bingham MP about the government’s proposals for Grammar Schools and campaigning on the traffic in Whaley Bridge, organising a week-long traffic survey and persuading individuals and organisations to work together to tackle congestion.
“I am honoured to have been selected as the Member of Parliament for this area that I love and am committed to fighting for. I look forward to meeting as many people as possible from our constituency, to find out what they want from their MP and government.
“There has never been such a huge difference between the political parties and the future they offer. I want people in High Peak to know that there is a better alternative than a government which is about to close nearly 20 hospitals, cut £3 billion from our schools, plunge over 4 million working families into poverty through their harsh cuts to Universal Credit and refuses to rule out cuts to pension increases or higher tax and national insurance. In contrast, I will promote Labour’s message of long-term investment in public services, fairness for working people, and decent support for pensioners and those who cannot work.”