Bob Russell’s surgery lasts for 12 hours – is this a record?

bob russell_2Bob Russell, the Lib Dem MP for Colchester, claims to have set a record by holding a surgery that lasted for 12 hours.

It seems that 36 people made appointments to see him last Friday. It’s not entirely clear whether he had originally planned it to go on for so long, or whether he just had a very long list of people who wanted to see him.

He claims to have seen 10,000 constituents at his surgeries since he was elected in 1997.

So your challenge today is to establish whether this truly is a record. Do you know an MP who has held a longer session?

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  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 10th Dec '13 - 10:54am

    That made me jump out of my skin. Bleary eyed co-editor having a day off imagined it was a different kind of surgery. Blood pressure slowly returning to normal. Cleverly done.

    When I worked for Willie Rennie, life seemed to be a constant surgery although we never had an actual session go on for longer than a couple of hours.

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 10th Dec '13 - 11:02am

    And at the end of 4 years, we’d helped 10,000 people.

  • Impressive. I have to say, I attended a 5 hour surgery once, but never 12 hours.

    The thing with surgeries (at least for me) is that they took massive chucks out of my day, but at the same time seemed to fly by. I really enjoyed them because it felt like this was us really get to the hearts of issues affecting local people and making a difference, even when all we were was a friendly ear willing to listen (which was rare).

  • @Caron, I read the headline the same way you did. Be still my pounding heart.

  • Tony Dawson 10th Dec '13 - 6:09pm

    One hopes that the attendees had some idea of how long they might wait for their appointments.

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