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Bob Russell

Recent updates

  • 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 9, 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.

    Article / Sep 8, 2014
  • Sir Bob Russell MP joins Animal Defenders International at launch of circus bill

    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 3, 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).

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

    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 / Sep 2, 2014
  • An interpretation by 20th century artist Tom Freeman of the burning of the White House by British troops, including some from Essex, on 24th August 1814. (Copyright White House Historical Association.)

    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.

    Article / Aug 28, 2014
  • Sir Bob Russell MP has today written to both Network Rail and Abellio Greater Anglia to complain about yesterday's delays, as well as the long list of less recent delays and disruptions. The text of his letters is as follows:

    Mr Jonathan Denby

    Head of Corporate Affairs

    Abellio Greater Anglia
    Norwich Railway Station, Station Approach
    Norwich NR1 1EF 12th August 2014

    Article / Aug 12, 2014
  • Soldiers at Merville Barracks, Colchester, on Monday evening marked the 100th anniversary to the precise minute of the start of the First World War (4th August 1914) in a special service when lanterns were symbolically extinguished at 11pm. (Corporal Andy Reddy)

    Each Saturday, Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell gives an insight into the working week of a local MP.

    It was a night to remember on Monday - with my attendance at four events in as many hours to commemorate the start of the First World War on 4th August 1914.

    At 7pm, at the War Memorial in front of Colchester Castle, I led a two-minute silence. Among those present were the Mayor, Bishops of Chelmsford and Colchester, and the Garrison Commander.

    Article / Aug 11, 2014
  • St George's Day

    From 2pm to 5pm on Friday 19th of September, Sir Bob Russell MP is hosting an advice bureau for constituents who need advice on their leaseholds. This will take place at Sir Bob's offices, Magdalen Hall, Wimpole Road, Colchester CO1 2DE.

    The surgery is a chance for Colchester residents with leaseholds to gain the advice of members of the 'Leasehold Advisory Service' (LAS). This is a non-departmental public body which provides free advice on the law affecting residential leasehold property in England and Wales.

    Article / Jul 31, 2014

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