Weekly Campaign Diary for #Dean4Luton

Now we have entered the final 100 days of the election I will be sharing a weekly digest of my previous weeks activities.

It’s been another busy week. I have been out and about campaigning, responding to resident enquiries, discussing opportunities for Luton with senior Conservatives and phone canvassing too. Below is just a small insight of some of my campaigning activities.

Dean Russell with colleagues and supporters in Leagrave

Dean Russell with colleagues and supporters in Leagrave

Late night working in the Luton Conservative Association office Margaret Simons developing campaign plans for Luton North

Late Saturday night working in the Luton Conservative Association office Margaret Simons developing campaign plans for Luton North

Saturday 24th January

Last weekend I was in Butely Road with a great Luton North team, discussing the recent house building on green land previously used by families to play on. I didn’t meet a single resident in support of it. The repeated complaint was the local Labour-run council simply didn’t listen.

Later that evening, I worked late into Saturday evening with former MEP candidate Margaret Simons to work on the Luton.

Tuesday 27th January

I was lucky to spend an evening with many Luton North council candidates, new and old, for the election in May on Tuesday. We shared our insights on the challenges Luton North is facing and put a plan together for helping families with a positive and actionable vision. More to be shared on that soon…

Dean Russell with Luton North campaigners, candidates, councillors and supporters

Dean Russell with Luton North campaigners, candidates, councillors and supporters

Wednesday 28th January

I met with Rt Hon William Hague MP and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP along with Chair of the National Convention, Emma Pidding CBE phone canvassing at CCHQ. The turnout was incredible and the buzz even more so.

Dean Russell meeting with Rt Hon William Hague MP and Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Equalities

Dean Russell meeting with Rt Hon William Hague MP and Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Minister for Equalities

Friday 30th January

My counterpart on Luton South, Katie Redmond, and I visited Dallow Community centre to hear feedback on local issues and concerns too. We hope to visit again soon to meet more of the staff and members there.

Dean Russell speaking to Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities

Dean Russell speaking to Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities at Bedfordshire Conservative Future

That was followed by an excellent Burn’s night celebration, where a very generous crowd helped us raise funds to help with the campaign in Luton.

Saturday 31st January

Saturday, I joined the Bedfordshire Conservative Future team at an event with Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities to discuss education and get the views of young people from our county. Nicky and I spoke at length about education in Luton, including school places, and the funding that has been put in place over the recent years. I was pleased to know that the Conservatives have pledged a further £7.35 billion between now and 2021 to create extra school places – on top of the £5 billion the current Government have already spent.

Monday 2nd February

Dean Russell with Mrs Joyce Anderson discussing the terrible news the potential closure of Saints Community Centre

Dean Russell with community champion Mrs Joyce Anderson at Saints Community Centre

In the evening on Monday, I met with a true community champion, Mrs Joyce Anderson who has been fighting against the closure of the Saints Community  Centre. I will be doing all I can to understand why this is happening and, if it’s not too late, fight to keep it open for the community.

I look forward to sharing my weekly updates. If you would like to ask me any questions, or visit you in Luton to tell me your views (or challenge mine), feel free to get in touch at admin@lutonconservatives.com.

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