Bob Russell (politician)

Bob Russell (politician)

Infobox MP
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name = Bob Russell
honorific-suffix =MP

constituency_MP = Colchester
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majority = 6,277 (14.0%)
predecessor = "new constituency"
successor = Incumbent
term_start = 1 May 1997
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birth_date = Birth date and age|1946|3|31|df=yes
birth_place = London
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nationality = British
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party = Liberal Democrat
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Robert Edward Russell, known as Bob Russell, (born 31 March 1946, London) is a British politician. He has been a Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Colchester since 1997 (re-elected 2001 and 2005). He was the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesman on Culture, Media and Sport 2002-2005, but the portfolio is now held by Don Foster. Mr Russell is currently a member of the LibDem's Shadow Defence team.

Mr Russell has a majority of 6,277 votes. His majority makes his the 404th safest out of 643 seats. During 2004/05, Mr Russell claimed £113,939 expenses. He ranks 504th for the amount of expenses claimed. [] Mr Russell was previously a member of the Social Democratic Party and the Labour Party. He made an unsuccessful run for Parliament in 1979 as the Labour Party candidate. Before becoming an MP, he was a councillor for over twenty years, initially for the Labour Party, then for the SDP, and finally for the Lib Dems. Mr Russell represented the town's New Town ward. He was leader of Colchester Borough Council until 1991. He was Mayor of Colchester from 1986-87.

During the 2005 general election campaign, Mr Russell was satirised on British television by Bremner, Bird and Fortune for his "war" on mobility scooters for OAPs.

Mr Russell has written several articles concerning his requests to re-join the Co-operative Party, currently not open to members of any other party except the Labour Party. The Co-operative Party has declined his approaches. Fact|date=February 2007

Mr Russell is a season ticket holder for Colchester United football club, and wrote the foreword for the latest history of the club (ISBN 1-874287-27-9).

Mr Russell is well known in Westminster circles for supporting unusual causes, such as petitioning the House about the types of beer served in the Parliamentary bars (EDM 1169/2005). He has also courted controversy by rebelling against his party whip to vote against equality in the age of consent and against sexuality equality legislation, but for ID cards and euthanasia. []

He is a member of the Beveridge Group.


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External links

* [ Bob Russell MP] official site
* [ Bob Russell MP] profile at the site of Liberal Democrats
* [ "Bob Russell- evidence of too much oxygen in the world?"] article about opposing American spellings
* [ ePolitix - Bob Russell MP]
* [,9290,-4570,00.html Guardian Unlimited Politics - Ask Aristotle: Bob Russell MP]
* [ - Bob Russell MP]
* [ The Public Whip - Bob Russell MP] voting record
* [ BBC News - Bob Russell] profile 10 February 2005

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