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  • Article: Apr 11, 2014

    Pre-Easter Recess General Debate

    Sir Bob Russell, MP for Colchester

    At the pre-Easter General Debate in the House of Commons, Sir Bob Russell attacked the neglect of our roads and pavements by Essex County Council. He also revealed his cunning plan to improve the situation! Below is his speech to the House.

  • Article: Apr 10, 2014

    To mark World Health Day, Sir Bob Russell, Liberal Democrat MP for Colchester got involved in Getting Malaria? This experiential event inspired, engaged and thanked supporters of all political parties for backing UK action to fight malaria. It gave Sir Bob Russell an opportunity to find out more about the transformational difference being made to millions of people around the world thanks to UK leadership and increased global action to save lives from malaria, one of the world's most deadly yet preventable diseases.

  • Article: Apr 10, 2014

    To mark World Health Day, Sir Bob Russell, Liberal Democrat MP for Colchester got involved in Getting Malaria? This experiential event inspired, engaged and thanked supporters of all political parties for backing UK action to fight malaria. It gave Sir Bob Russell an opportunity to find out more about the transformational difference being made to millions of people around the world thanks to UK leadership and increased global action to save lives from malaria, one of the world's most deadly yet preventable diseases.

  • Sir Bob Russell MP in the Commons
    Article: Apr 7, 2014

    Colchester Borough Council may be able to get back control of highway maintenance and street lights after the Town's MP Sir Bob Russell raised the issue in the House of Commons this afternoon.

    And it would appear that he has support from Communities and Local Government Mr Eric Pickles who is also MP for Brentwood and Ongar.

  • The last Colchester Town Council which ended on 31st March 1974, the town merging with rural areas to form Colchester Borough Council.
    Article: Mar 27, 2014

    Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell has a Diary published each Saturday in the "East Anglian Daily Times" (usually Page 41 or thereabouts). It is always illustrated with a photograph. You are invited to purchase the EADT to read it in a newspaper format. The following is what appeared last Saturday:

    Forty years ago, on 1st April 1974 the biggest upheaval of local government in England since the 19th Century took place. Hundreds of local councils were abolished, and merged into larger districts.

  • Sir Bob Russell MP, Baroness Kramer and Jenny Stevens, Constituency Chair at the Constitunecy Dinner
    Article: Mar 25, 2014

    Transport Minister Baroness Susan Kramer was the guest speaker at the annual dinner of Colchester Liberal Democrats.

    She gave an upbeat speech on the role of Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government, pointing out that Lib-Dems had ensured greater fairness in government as the two parties of the coalition had wrestled to deal with the serious financial crisis created by the last Labour Government which in 2010 had left Britain on the brink of bankruptcy.

  • Lib Dem MEPs vote to end roaming charges
    Article: Mar 22, 2014

    Mobile roaming charges across the EU are set to be abolished altogether by December 2015 following a vote in the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy Committee today. These include costly charges for data roaming, which are currently capped at £376 per gigabyte in the EU.

    However, Conservatives voted for an amendment that would reject the proposals altogether. Meanwhile UKIP MEPs did not turn up for the vote but have made it clear in the past that they oppose efforts to cut the costly fees.

  • Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell with the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP, in front of the “jobs stall” at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Glasgow. ((c)Manny Begum, Yaadein Photography)
    Article: Mar 19, 2014

    Statement on the Budget by Colchester MP Bob Russell

    "None of the good, sensible financial measures announced in the Budget would have been achieved without the Liberal Democrats being in Government - of which raising the personal level of income on which Tax is paid is the most obvious achievement by the Lib-Dems.

  • East of England candidates for the European Parliament elections 2014
    Article: Mar 15, 2014

    "We are fighting to stay in Europe for jobs and a stronger economy" said the Lib Dem Euro Candidates at the Liberal Democrat Spring Conference in York, to launch their campaign for the forthcoming elections.

    Eastern Region Liberal Democrat MEP Andrew Duff was joined by the regional team of candidates: Belinda Brooks-Gordon (from Cambridge); Jo Hayes (a Colchester councillor); Stephen Robinson (a Chelmsford and Essex councillor); Linda Jack (Bedfordshire) and Hugh Anand (Hertfordshire).

    Belinda said: "We Liberal Democrats want Britain to stay in the EU because we are fighting for a stronger economy.
    "Millions of British jobs are linked to our trade in with the EU and being in Europe gives us more strength when making trade deals with global players like the US, China, India, and Brazil.

    "We are the party of IN - in Europe, in Work. We are keen to hear from businesses, and business people in the East of England. We want them to join us as we campaign to support Business for Europe.

    "We are running an energetic campaign on the positive things Europe brings. It is vital for jobs, growth and the economy. This puts millions of pounds back in your pocket by making it easier for British businesses to export and slashing red tape for small businesses".

  • Article: Mar 13, 2014

    Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell has said that he will vote against proposed legislation which would legalise "assisted dying".

    Liberal Democrat Sir Bob said that while he acknowledged the strong emotional arguments both "for" and "against" the proposal, his considered view was that this was not something he could support on ethical and moral grounds.