Bob Russell

MP, Colchester

Colchester Liberal Democrat

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How Bob Russell voted since 2001
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  • Voted very strongly for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Source
  • Voted very strongly against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices Source
  • Voted moderately against replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Source
  • Voted moderately for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax") Source
  • Voted moderately for increasing the rate of VAT Source
  • Voted very strongly against raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year Source
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Bob Russell sometimes rebelled against their party in this parliament

Recent appearances

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements 21 Jan 2015

    The east of England helped boost the nation’s economic recovery, and we could do even more if the East Anglian rail manifesto was implemented. Will the Prime Minister encourage colleagues to fund that with modern rolling stock for the Greater Anglia main line, and infrastructure improvements through Essex?
  • Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill: Allocation of Time: Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill 19 Jan 2015

    Thank God for women priests, because the Anglican Church would be in dire trouble in many parts of the country if there were no ordained women. I pay tribute to the women priests of the Church of England in my constituency over the past 30 years. I speak as somebody who is not an Anglican. I come from good non-conformist stock, brought up in the Congregational Church and now in the United...
  • Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill: Allocation of Time: Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill 19 Jan 2015

    I am sorry to bring a note of discord to the proceedings, but I am bound to observe that the whole arrangement is for one denomination of the Christian Church. If we are to have religious people in the other place in the 21st century, surely they should be more representative of all Christian denominations and, indeed, should reflect all faiths.

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Liberal Democrat MP for Colchester

Entered House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election

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Topics of interest

  • Defence
  • Health
  • Home Department
  • Transport
  • Culture Media and Sport
  • Ministerial Travel
  • Armed Forces: Housing
  • Lighting
  • Colchester Garrison
  • Israel

Currently held offices

  • Member, Defence Committee
  • Member, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Armed Forces Bill Committee (17 Jan 2011 to 8 Mar 2011)
  • Member, Administration Committee (26 Jul 2010 to 14 Nov 2011)
  • Member, Chairmen's Panel Committee (13 Jan 2009 to 11 May 2010)
  • Shadow Defence Minister (8 Jan 2009 to 11 May 2010)
  • Whip (6 Mar 2008 to 8 Jan 2009)
  • Member, Home Affairs Committee (26 Apr 2006 to 11 May 2010)
  • Member, Armed Forces Bill Committee (20 Dec 2005 to 27 Nov 2008)
  • Member, Regulatory Reform Committee (14 Jul 2005 to 4 May 2006)
  • Shadow Minister, Defence (1 Jun 2005 to 8 Jan 2009)
  • Member, Home Affairs Committee (to 11 Apr 2005)
  • Member, Draft Charities Bill (Joint Committee) (to 21 Sep 2004)
  • Other Whip (26 Jan 2004 to 1 Jun 2005)
  • Shadow Minister (Culture, Media & Sport), Culture, Media & Sport (26 Jan 2004 to 1 Jun 2005)

Previous MPs in this constituency

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  • Has spoken in 74 debates in the last year — well above average amongst MPs.
  • Has received answers to 114 written questions in the last year — well above average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a high number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 81.63% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well above average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 20 annotations on this MP’s speeches — above average amongst MPs.
  • This MP's speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 17–18 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
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  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 440 times in debates — above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

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