MP Column Ruth George on enjoying local events
Tuesday 10th October 2017 19:10 Glossop Chronicle High Peak News Posted by Adam Higgins

Every week, High Peak MP Ruth George pens a column for the Glossop Chronicle to inform readers of her goings-on in Westminster and beyond and her thoughts on topical issues. Here’s her latest offering…

The ‘Conference season’ has had highs and lows for many senior political figures, and I sympathise with Theresa May for having to ‘perform’ at her Conference whilst so obviously unwell.

Faced with what (I hope) was a less politically decisive engagement, I bowed out of Glossop’s 200th Park Run whilst running a temperature, but I found the voice to start the runners off and cheered them as they completed their laps.

I’m delighted that Manor Park has had 10,000 runs of the beautiful 5k course – a great achievement for organisers and runners alike.

Park Run is just one of the great community-organised events in High Peak that my family and I have enjoyed for many years. As MP it’s a privilege to be invited by so many local organisations and people who give up their time to help others and make all our lives richer.

Last week I visited as many local organisations and groups as I could to see how I can support them locally and in Parliament, including several nurseries whose evidence of the impact of government underfunding will inform my debate on Thursday afternoon on Childcare Funding.

I met with organisers from Sustainable Hayfield, Transition Buxton and Transition New Mills to discuss local environmental projects and interests, as well as the impact of legislation, and I will be asking Parliamentary Questions to help assess some of the concerns.

MPs cannot hope to be experts in every issue we cover, especially technical subjects such as the environment. But many local people have expertise in their own fields and it is very helpful to draw on local knowledge and experience.

I hold regular surgeries for people who would like my help as individuals, but many ask to raise an issue with me, or just have a discussion. So, as well as my formal meetings and surgeries I am holding coffee (and tea) mornings with our local Labour councillors where anyone can come along for a chat. It’s an opportunity to discuss what we want for our area, and to find ways to improve things.

On Gamesley last Saturday the coffee morning was very enjoyable and informative. I will be following up on concerns about pensions, traffic and public transport, and Councillor Becki Woods was able to link up with the organiser of children’s events that she will be supporting.

This Saturday we will be at Fairfield Endowed Junior School, and across High Peak in future weeks. Do let me know if you would like me to hold a coffee morning in your community and I would be pleased to meet you and your neighbours, especially if I can help in any way.

You can get in touch with Ruth at her office via the following methods:

Ruth George MP, Crowther House, The Quadrant, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6AW
Telephone: 01298 78293