Nick Clegg celebrates Bob Russell’s big break

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Nick Clegg visited Bob Russell visited Colchester last week, to celebrate Bob Russell MP’s 40th anniversary as an elected politician, and the pair found time for a quick game of pool at the local YMCA.

Despite Bob’s reputation as a critical friend of the Coalition Government, Nick told the BBC:

He’s an institution, he’s totally unique. When he was first elected I was only four years old. He’s now one of the best-loved politicians in Westminster.

I think life would be much less interesting if Bob Russell always toed the party line. He’s not a yes man – he says what he feels and I think people really respect that. They don’t want cardboard cut-out politicians and in Bob they’ve got someone who speaks his mind.

Bob Russell was first elected aged 25 as a councillor for New Town ward in 1971. He then served as mayor and later leader of Colchester Council, before becoming the town’s MP in 1997.

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  • Poor pool skills there Bob – best stick to the day job!

    It looks a little cramped in there, but sadly I believe Colchester council closed the Townhouse youth club a few years back.

  • Paul McKeown 15th Jun '11 - 12:39am

    Congratulations to Bob Russell, keep fighting!

    On an altogether different topic – and there is no recent thread, so please forgive me – I watched Newsnight tonight and listened to Mary Bousted of the ATL present a strong and persuasive case for why the government is getting something seriously wrong regarding teachers pensions. Look, I support most of what the government is trying to do, and I certainly have no love for bolshie trade unions flexing their muscles, and when Unison and the rest go on strike for entirely political reasons, I will be happy to see the government giving them a good hiding. However, when a trade union which has never gone on strike in over a century suddenly says that it is calling its staff out, then I would suggest that a rethink is in order, or at least a damn good explanation should be given. [Oh and by the way, can someone tell the London Underground that they making Bob Crow seem reasonable, which is an extraordinary feat of stupidity.]

  • Same black suits around the pool table., I see.

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