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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 …

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Join the Liberal Youth invasion

After a very successful Federal Conference earlier this month, Liberal Youth will hold its Autumn Conference on 22nd & 23rd October. It’s in the Roman town of Colchester* (home to the UK’s oldest market on record).

Conference, as all Liberal Democrats know, is a fantastic opportunity for party members to shape policies and hold elected officers to account – and Liberal Youth is no different.

Along with all the usual reports from officers (and the odd constitutional amendment), there will be policy debates on the Arab Spring, MMR jabs, Women’s Rights & Bank Shares. As we have seen from this year’s conference with the Employment and Support Allowance motion, Liberal Youth policy can become federal policy – and might now even become Government policy. This is a brilliant opportunity for young Liberal Democrats to get involved with policy making and gain experience in public speaking!

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Nick Clegg celebrates Bob Russell’s big break

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Tory council leader accuses Lib Dem MP of smear

The BBC has the story:

A Tory peer referred to the police over expenses says it is part of a campaign of “attacks and innuendo” by an MP. Lord Hanningfield claimed the unnamed MP was determined to “blacken my name” over education policy in Essex, where the peer is council leader.

The frontbencher claimed £99,970 over seven years for the cost of staying in London, despite living 40 miles away.

Lib Dem MP Bob Russell said he believed the peer was referring to him but added he was only interested in the facts. … Colchester MP Bob Russell, who raised Lord Hanningfield’s

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  • User AvatarLib Dem Mum 12th Aug - 12:41pm
    Good idea Catherine 💞
  • User AvatarPaul Holmes 12th Aug - 12:26pm
    @Roger Lake. The problem however with the recent Guardian article, as with our forthcoming Conference Motion, is that it is all aspirational wishful thinking with...
  • User AvatarMichael Wilson 12th Aug - 12:24pm
    Thanks for taking the time to write this article. I hope it is shared and taken on board by people across this party.
  • User AvatarCatherine Jane Crosland 12th Aug - 12:23pm
    Frustrated, perhaps you could suggest that your local party holds regular street stalls in your local town centre. That way, you would be able to...
  • User AvatarPeter Watson 12th Aug - 12:18pm
    @Former Dem "weren’t they the only direct financial hit against Lib Dem voters?" Arguably increasing VAT was another. I say arguably because I remember the...
  • User AvatarPeter Watson 12th Aug - 12:15pm
    I wonder if this article about the "right leader", with its references to "success right across the country", "the right type of leader", "win again...