He Ting Ru (Singapore Politician)

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He Ting Ru
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Born1983
EducationBachelor of Natural Sciences
Alma materCorpus Christi College of Cambridge

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He Ting Ru (born 1983) is a Singaporean politician and a lawyer. She is the head of legal and communications at a multinational firm.[1][2] She previously contested in the 2015 General Elections with the Workers’ Party (WP) team for Marine Parade (GRC) but lost to the People’s Action Party (PAP) team.[3] In June 2020, He Ting Ru was announced as a WP candidate for the 2020 General Elections and contested in Sengkang GRC.[4][5] As of 10 July 2020, she is an elected Member of Parliament (MP).

Background[edit | edit source]

He Ting Ru practised as a lawyer in London and Frankfurt before returning to Singapore in 2011 to work as a derivatives lawyer in a European financial institution.[6][7] Since 2013, she has been the head of legal and communications at an international company headquartered in Singapore where she oversees matters throughout Asia, North America, Europe and Africa.[8][9]

Personal life & family[edit | edit source]

Since January 2016, He Ting Ru has been married to a fellow Workers’ Party (WP) politician, Terence Tan Li-Chern.[10][11] In the 2015 General Elections, they both ran in the WP team for Marine Parade GRC.[12] As of June 2020, they have two sons aged two and three.[13]

Education[edit | edit source]

He Ting Ru was a student CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School and Raffles Junior College.[14] She then pursued a degree in natural sciences at Corpus Christi College of Cambridge.[15] Following her graduation, she trained at a "Magic Circle" law firm in London, United Kingdom to become a qualified solicitor of England & Wales.[16][17]

Workers' Party - Grassroots involvement[edit | edit source]

He Ting Ru pictured on her campaign trail in 2020. Photo from Facebook.

He Ting Ru began volunteering with the Workers’ Party (WP) in 2011, having volunteered at MP Chen Shaw Mao's Meet-the-People sessions.[18][19] She has experience doing parliamentary support work and was also the secretary of the WP Youth Wing.[20]

Politics[edit | edit source]

General Elections 2020 - Candidate (Sengkang GRC)[edit | edit source]

He Ting Ru was introduced as a Workers’ Party (WP) candidate on 28 June 2020.[21] According to her profile on the WP website, her hopes for Singapore are:[22]

1. Better balance in our democratic and economic system, without power being concentrated in the hands of the few.
2. To make space for robust, respectful debate for a stronger, more vibrant society.
3. To remain an open society and economy but with measures taken to ensure self-sufficiency and resilience.

The Workers' Party team won Sengkang GRC with 52.13 per cent of the votes.[23]

General Election 2015 - Candidate (Marine Parade GRC)[edit | edit source]

He Ting Ru contested as a candidate in the Marine Parade GRC in the 2015 General Elections. She was part of the party’s slate of five candidates.[24] Her team garnered 35.9 per cent of votes cast and lost to the People’s Action Party’s (PAP) that was helmed by former Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong.[25][26]

References/ Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. He Ting Ru. “Personal Profile”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  2. He Ting Ru 何廷儒. Facebook. June 30, 2020. Accessed on 7 July 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=276375467110101
  3. Yong, Nicholas. “Post-GE2015: Business as usual for WP’s He Ting Ru”. Yahoo Newsroom. October 6, 2015. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  4. Tang, See Kit., Chew, Hui Min. “GE2020: Workers’ Party unveils final batch of prospective candidates, including one newcomer”. Channel News Asia. June 28, 2020. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  5. WP Team for Sengkang GRC”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  6. He Ting Ru. “He Ting Ru”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  7. Yeo, Jackie. “BRAVE HEARTS: WORKERS’ PARTY CANDIDATE HE TING RU”. LadyBOSS. September 7, 2015. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  8. He Ting Ru 何廷儒. Facebook. June 30, 2020. Accessed on 7 July 2020. Retrieved from: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=276375467110101
  9. Tang, See Kit., Chew, Hui Min. “GE2020: Workers’ Party unveils final batch of prospective candidates, including one newcomer”. Channel News Asia. June 28, 2020. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  10. Lim, Kimberly Anne. “Not easy but felt right: WP’s He Ting Ru on contesting GE2020 with husband Terence Tan”. AsiaOne. June 29, 2020. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  11. Romero, Anna Maria. “Together in love and politics: WP fields married couple in polls”. Independent SG. July 2, 2020. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  12. Yuen, Sin. “GE2020: Cousins, a couple, and former colleagues - unexpected connections among candidates this year”. The Straits Times. June 30, 2020. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  13. He Ting Ru. “Personal Profile”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  14. Lee, Pearl. “Workers’ Party volunteer He Ting Ru takes the leap to contest GE”. The Straits Times. September 4, 2015. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  15. Elangovan, Navene., Cheng, Kenneth. “GE2020: Workers’ Party presents final slate of candidates, including 54-year-old researcher contesting for the first time”. TODAYonline. June 28, 2020. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  16. Lee, Pearl. “Workers’ Party volunteer He Ting Ru takes the leap to contest GE”. The Straits Times. September 4, 2015. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  17. He Ting Ru. “Personal Profile”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  18. Ng Jing Yng. "Lawyer wants young S’poreans to stand up and be heard". Today. August 29, 2015. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  19. He Ting Ru. “He Ting Ru”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  20. Ng Jing Yng. "Lawyer wants young S’poreans to stand up and be heard". Today. August 29, 2015. Accessed on 8 July 2020.
  21. Workers’ Party unveils final GE2020 candidates, including lawyer He Ting Ru”. AsiaOne. June 28, 2020. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  22. He Ting Ru. “Hopes for Singapore”. Workers’ Party. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  23. "2020 PARLIAMENTARY GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS". Elections Department Singapore. Accessed on 13 July 2020.
  24. Chew, Hui Min., Lee, Pearl., Kor, Kian Beng. “GE2015: Workers’ Party unveils third batch of candidates including corporate lawyer He Ting Ru”. The Straits Times. August 28, 2015. Accessed on 7 July 2020.
  25. Tan, Audrey., Lee, Marissa., Tham, Yuen-C. “Workers’ Party will continue to walk the ground in Marine Parade despite loss”. The Straits Times. September 12, 2015. Accessed on 6 July 2020.
  26. Lee, Min Kok. “GE2015: PAP wins Marine Parade GRC with 64.1 per cent of votes”. The Straits Times. September 12, 2015. Accessed 6 July 2020.