Bob Russell

Former MP, Colchester

Colchester Liberal Democrat

A selection of Bob Russell's votes

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  • Consistently voted for encouraging occupational pensions Show votes
  • Consistently voted for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Show votes
  • Consistently voted against university tuition fees Show votes
  • Generally voted against a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Show votes
  • Generally voted for increasing the rate of VAT Show votes
  • Voted a mixture of for and against fewer MPs in the House of Commons Show votes

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Recent appearances

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions 26 Mar 2015

    I pay tribute to my right hon. Friend for his excellent stewardship of the Department over the past five years. Greater attention must be given to Britain’s defence industry when placing orders. Price and competition are all very well, but in the defence interests of the UK, and to support the skilled jobs we have, does he agree that in a changing world we should not put at risk the...
  • Written Answers — HM Treasury: Broadband: VAT 26 Mar 2015

    To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to exempt community groups, charities and other not-for-profit organisations from the requirement to pay VAT on the installation of government-funded high-speed broadband cabinets; and if he will make a statement.
  • Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Building Workers: Shrewsbury 25 Mar 2015

    The hon. Member for Blaydon (Mr Anderson) asked a serious question. This was an establishment stitch-up 42 years ago, and for 42 years it has been an establishment cover-up. Does the Minister not realise that there cannot possibly be any state security reasons why the records of an industrial dispute should not be made public?

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Former Liberal Democrat MP for Colchester

Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 30 March 2015 — 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

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Defence Committee (24 Oct 2011 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, Armed Forces Bill Committee (17 Jan 2011 to 8 Mar 2011)
  • Member, Administration Committee (26 Jul 2010 to 14 Nov 2011)
  • Member, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (23 Jun 2010 to 30 Mar 2015)
  • Member, Panel of Chairs (12 Jan 2009 to 6 May 2010)
  • Member, Home Affairs Committee (24 Apr 2006 to 6 May 2010)
  • Member, Armed Forces Bill Committee (19 Dec 2005 to 9 May 2006)
  • Member, Regulatory Reform Committee (12 Jul 2005 to 2 May 2006)
  • Opposition Whip (Commons) (10 May 2005 to 6 May 2010)
  • Shadow Minister (Defence) (10 May 2005 to 6 May 2010)
  • Member, Draft Charities Bill (Joint Committee) (29 Apr 2004 to 15 Sep 2004)
  • Member, Home Affairs Committee (8 Jun 1998 to 12 Jul 2005)

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  • Has spoken in 83 debates in the last year — well above average amongst MPs.
  • Has received answers to 130 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 during 2008, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 81.03% 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.
  • 114 people are tracking this MP
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 448 times in debates — above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 30 Mar 2015.


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