Charles Lawley is a husband and father of two young children. He is High Peak through and through, having lived in Buxton, Buxworth, Whaley Bridge and now Chapel-en-le-Frith. He is a community activist, having campaigned against local hospital closures, for better rural policing amidst dramatic increases in burglaries and against cuts to High Peak secondary schools. As High Peak MP, Charles will continue to fight for better support for High Peak schools, police and healthcare. Charles wants broadband rolled out to every home, opposes the Conservative’s business rate reforms (which will see many rural businesses in the High Peak close as their bills increase 300%) and better access for adults to retrain, to combat unemployment as automation makes many jobs obsolete.
With one in seven jobs in the High Peak directly dependant on the Single Market, Charles wants the local economy protected by ensuring the UK retains access. Charles backs the British people having a second referendum on leaving the EU, once we know the terms on which the UK are expected to leave. He believes the first referendum had a very concrete understanding of “remain”, but “leave” was an abstract concept. When we finally know what “leave” looks like, the people should be asked again.
Charles wants to be the local MP as the Conservatives are neglecting the High Peak, causing concern about what will be left of our home for our children’s generation to inherit. Prior to becoming involved in politics, Charles had a varied career. Charles managed a pub in Whaley Bridge, a War Memorial Club in Buxworth and worked in TV. Charles currently works for a humanitarian aid NGO, which helps the poorest people across the world and in the UK. Charles spearheads an annual winter coat collection campaign to donate to local people sleeping rough.