Ruth Gripper is the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Truro and Falmouth. Inspired by the example of great Cornish Liberal MPs before her, she is determined to be a voice for Cornwall in Westminster, rather than a voice for Westminster in Cornwall.
Ruth says: “When I’m out talking to people on their doorsteps, they often mention David Penhaligon and Matthew Taylor. They remember them as people who were on their side, who worked hard to represent the community and get things done. A good MP can really make a difference. That’s what we need, and that’s why I’m standing to represent people in Truro and Falmouth.”
Ruth grew up in Perranwell Station, in the heart of the constituency, where her parents still live. After going away to study and work, Ruth returned home to Cornwall and now lives in Falmouth.
Ruth has had a successful career in the charity sector, which has given her insight into many different social issues and the vital support that charities provide. Frustrated that charities are so often picking up the pieces, and feeling that politics was letting many people down, Ruth decided to become more active in politics herself. She stood for election as an MP in the 2019 General Election in Truro and Falmouth.
In her spare time, Ruth is a trustee of the Royal Institution of Cornwall, the charity which runs the Royal Cornwall Museum.