11th Feb: Weekly campaign diary for #dean4luton

It’s been another packed week representing Luton North, campaigning, canvassing and connecting with lots of residents across the constituency. Beyond the visits and photos, I’ve been very busy this week investigating some of the financial and community decisions of Luton Borough Council. Sadly, it doesn’t seem like they are actively held to account by the existing Labour […]

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 […]

Dean Russell Selected As Luton North Parliamentary Candidate

Luton North Parliamentary Candidate

I am proud to be selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Luton North. I will be updating my progress and activities on The Russell Review over the coming months. The official press release is provided below from the Luton Conservative Association – where I’ll be spending a lot of time from now on! **** Press […]

#CANVASSINGQUESTIONS: ST ALBANS INTERVIEWS – Steve McKeown (Verulam Ward)

My latest entry in my #CanvassingQuestions series to find out more about the local St Albans District Conservative Candidates, this post covers an interview with Steve McKeown, the Verulam Ward Candidate: Why do you want to be a councillor ? My primary reasons for wanting to become a councillor are that I have a passion to help people. My job as […]

#CanvassingQuestions: St Albans Interviews – Mary Maynard (Harpenden East)

With the UK local elections just days away. I have restarted my #CanvassingQuestions series to find out some more about the local St Albans District Conservative Candidates.  This post covers an interview with Mary Maynard, the candidate for Harpenden East: Why do you want to be a councillor ?  Working as a management consultant for over 25 years, […]

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Tech & social headlines: G+ & Twitter preferred by young US Democrats

The top pick today has to be the US study into the politics of social platforms. The study polled 3,058 young Americans finding that some social channels were more heavily republican versus democrat (and vice versa). Along with the link to the article below (including an interesting chart showing the comparison), I have also embedded the full #HarvardYouthPoll […]

Why I’m supporting Give Us Time

During my 5 years as a columnist for Third Sector magazine, I regularly noticed Charities chasing the coin over the skill. People would often be asked to raise donations, or volunteer for generic roles. Yet they could potentially do so much more by asking supporters to apply the skills they have professionally or make use […]

Phew…it’s been a while.

Back in April I focussed my Third Sector column on how to make writing a blog a easier and be more consistent. Well, I’ve clearly not followed my own advice as it’s been a good 6 weeks since posting anything. Yet, this doesn’t mean I’ve been idly twiddling my thumbs. In fact, I can’t remember […]

#Canvassingquestions – St Albans interviews – Michael Weaver (Harpenden West)

Why do I want to be a Councillor? I have been a Town Councillor for 9 years, which has been a great apprenticeship for becoming a District Councillor. This year I have been Harpenden`s Town Mayor. I now feel I can bring to the wider district in St Albans the benefit of all the experience […]

#Canvassingquestions – St Albans interviews – Guy Young (Ashley Ward)

Why do you want to be a St Albans district councillor?  I want to be a St Albans councillor because I want to make the District a better place to live and work in. I feel that a Conservative District Council will achieve this more than any of the other parties. This is because I feel the […]

#Canvassingquestions – St Albans interviews – Heidi Suzanne Allen (Marshalswick South)

Why do you want to be a St Albans district councillor? Because I genuinely believe that while our country is in difficulty, it is time for those of with energy, skills and determination to step forward and offer our services. I believe in David Cameron’s Big Society; so where better place to start, than my […]

#Canvassingquestions – St Albans interviews – Simon Calder (London Colney)

As part of my new series of canvassing questions I thought it would be useful to shine a light on some of our St Albans District Conservative Candidates.  This post covers an interview with Simon Calder, the candidate for London Colney: Why do you want to be a St Albans district councillor?  I want to […]

The return of #canvassingquestions

The local and London Mayoral elections are upon us once again.  Which for anyone connected to a political party, means the next few weeks will be a great period for keeping fit.  Or to put it more more accurately – pounding the streets canvassing and delivering leaflets. More importantly, it’s a time where we are […]

Peter Lilley out in Harpenden

After catching up with Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP on Thursday night at the Harpenden Hustings, Peter kindly came out to canvass with me in Batford on Saturday too. We had a great turnout from many of the local Conservatives team including councillors and supporters, and the weather was glorious, which always makes canvassing even […]

Canvassing questions #5: The difference between District and County Councils

Another common question I get asked whilst canvassing is ‘what is the difference between the District Council and County Council?’.  Incredibly, this isn’t something that is easy to find online – so I have listed the main areas below for quick reference (with the help of Councillor Julian Daly from Harpenden West):

Canvassing questions #2: Looking after our seniors

As part of my series of ‘canvassing questions’ I am using this blog to provide answers to questions I’ve been asked on the doorstep. Whilst out canvassing yesterday the topic of conversation regularly turned to caring for our elderly…

Canvassing questions #1: Faith schools

Whilst out canvassing I’m regularly asked specific questions about policies, local and national, along with my perspective on current issues.  I always aim to get back to people directly, and during this election campaign will also share my comments on this blog…

Bad weather, good day.

I was out and about in Harpenden all day on Saturday again with lots of Councillors and supporters. The weather was awful with Winter having one last downpour before Spring.  We didn’t mind though – we met hundreds of local residents across Harpenden East and gained lots of really useful feedback. Once again, we had […]

Out and about in Harpenden

Several supporters, Councillors and the Town Mayor were out with me again on Saturday to canvass local residents across Harpenden East on Saturday.  As usual people were friendly and willing to let us know their thoughts on local issues. As you can imagine, I had lots of conversations with people across the course of the day, […]

Back out in Batford

I was joined in Batford this morning with Town Councillor Caroline Vincent and our Town Mayor Rosemary Farmer, who kindly braved the cold weather despite being ill. As usual, residents were really kind by taking time out to chat with us about their local concerns and issues. Although we had lots of conversations, at the end […]