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 was a member of Whaley Bridge After-School Club committee, where she set up a pension scheme for the staff and 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.
The following video is a snapshot of some of the issues, campaigns and events I have been involved with in my first two years as MP for High Peak. From schools and transport, to universal credit and health services. I have spoken 495 times in Parliament, held 88 surgeries and hosted 38 coffee mornings covering all areas of High Peak. I am incredibly proud to have served as the MP for High Peak.
Published and promoted by Andrew Uprichard on behalf of Ruth George, both at 1 Alexandra Road, Buxton, SK17 9NQ.