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  • Article: Sep 18, 2014

    The number of people out of work in Colchester last month is 845 fewer than it was a year ago - official figures published today (Wednesday) reveal.

    Town MP Sir Bob Russell welcomed the official news, stating that this provided further confirmation that the economy was continuing to gain strength.

    However, he said that with 1,361 people out of work there was still a need to create more jobs.

  • Article: Sep 9, 2014

    Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell has again challenged the Prime Minister not to make further cuts in HM Armed Forces.

    For the second week running in the House of Commons, Sir Bob urged Prime Minister David Cameron not to further reduce the size of the Army. Last week he pointed out that the cuts had reduced the size of the Army to that which existed 200 years ago at the time of the Battle of Waterloo.

  • Article: Sep 8, 2014

    Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell has criticised Essex Police for wrongly describing the location of the brutal murder in March this year of Mr James Attfield.

    At the weekend Essex Police issued a new appeal, with a poster, which said that the murder had occurred "in Lower Castle Park" - but Sir Bob, who lives in that area of Colchester, said that the description was wrong.

  • Sir Bob Russell MP joins Animal Defenders International at launch of circus bill
    Article: Sep 3, 2014

    Sir Bob Russell, MP for Colchester has today joined Animal Defenders International (ADI), the organisation spearheading the campaign to end the use of wild animals in circuses in Britain, to back a new bill introduced today by former Labour Defra Minister Jim Fitzpatrick MP to ban such acts.

    Parliament voted unanimously in favour of a ban in 2011, and the Government first announced that it would take action on this issue in March 2012. A delay in bringing in a ban has seen the number of wild animal acts increase and the return of big cats to Britain. This bill, which is identical to the one published by the Government last year and scrutinised by MPs, would ban wild animal acts by the end of 2015.

  • Article: Sep 3, 2014

    The 50th Anniversary of The Royal Anglian Regiment has been praised in the House of Commons with a Motion put forward by Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell.

    The Motion "congratulates The Royal Anglian Regiment on the 50th anniversary of its formation on 1st September 1964 from the former County Regiments for Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, and Leicestershire."

  • Article: Sep 2, 2014

    Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell was among a group of senior British MPs invited to attend today's (Tuesday) meeting at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London with Parliamentarians from other NATO countries ahead of the NATO Summit in Wales on Thursday and Friday.

    Among the speakers this morning were General Sir Nicholas Houghton, UK Chief of the Defence Staff; UK Foreign Secretary the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP; and Ambassador Alexander Vershbow who is Deputy Secretary General of NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation).

  • Sir Bob Russell MP in the Commons
    Article: Sep 2, 2014

    Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell has challenged Prime Minister David Cameron over cuts to the size of the Army.

    Speaking in the House of Commons during a statement by Mr Cameron about security, Sir Bob said:

    "Today is the 50th anniversary of the establishment of The Royal Anglian Regiment. Then it had four Regular Battalions and three Territorial Battalions - now only two Regular Battalions and just one Reserve Battalion.

  • Article: Aug 28, 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:

    Tomorrow is the 200th anniversary of when British forces - on 24th August 1814 - burned down the White House, the home of the President of the United States of America.

  • Sharon Bowles and Jean-Claude Trichet
    Article: Aug 26, 2014

    Congratulations to Dacorum resident and former Liberal Democrat MEP, Sharon Bowles, on her appointment on 15th August, 2014, as a non-executive director on the board of London Stock Exchange Group.

    The London Stock Exchange is a major component of the City of London, the world's most important financial centre. More euros are traded on the London currency market than in the rest of Europe combined and more US dollars are traded in London than in New York.

  • East West Rail Work Starts 2014
    Article: Aug 22, 2014

    With work to link Oxford and Bedford as part of the East-West Rail Scheme now underway, Lib Dem Mayor Dave Hodgson has welcomed a new report which identifies the huge economic benefit of extending the line to Cambridge. The report published this week by the East West Rail Consortium, of which Bedford Borough Council is a member along with other local authorities along the route, states that the it will deliver an economic benefit of up to around £750 million, and could see a direct train link enabling journey times between Cambridge and Bedford of just 24 minutes.