Ruth Cadbury was elected in May 2015 as the Member of Parliament for Brentford and Isleworth. She was one of only a handful of Labour candidates to beat an incumbent Conservative MP.
Having graduated with a degree in Geography from Salford University, Ruth started her working life in London with the Covent Garden Community Association. She qualified as a Town Planner and worked for Planning Aid for London and the London Borough of Richmond. After university Ruth settled in West London and has never moved away, living with husband Nick and bringing up their two sons in Brentford at the heart of her constituency.
Ruth said: "I was raised and have always been a Quaker. From a young age it made social justice something very close to my heart: the concept that everybody should have the same shot at life and that our society should always show compassion to people who are struggling." Ruth was a Trustee and for 6 years Chair of the Barrow Cadbury Trust a major grant giving foundation focussing on social justice. In that capacity she was named in the Independent on Sunday’s annual UK top 100 ‘Happy List’.
Ruth is a big believer in the power of communities - campaigning as a community for the community. "The idea of a 'common endeavour' is the core reason why I am Labour. Time and again throughout my life I've seen how people coming together to work on common challenges and opportunities can deliver incredible results. When communities campaign and work together, they tend to focus on what actually works - because they know that time and energy is precious."
Ruth served on Hounslow Council for 25 years, as a leading Councillor in a variety of roles. She was known as a powerful voice for the people of Hounslow and also worked closely with the business community. She was instrumental in introducing the Borough-wide living wage initiative, ensuring that each and every employee of Hounslow Council and of their contractors receives at least the London Living Wage. She has been a leading voice in opposition to a third runway at Heathrow Airport. As an MP Ruth will continue to be a powerful voice focussing on the issues that are important to her constituents.
In Parliament Ruth has been appointed to the shadow frontbench as a Shadow Housing Minister, and serves as co-chair of the All Parliamentary Group on Cycling.