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, […]

Tech & social headlines: Top tools for budding social media experts

Two great ‘How to’ articles for my top picks. The FastCompany article provides an exhaustive review of some of the most popular social media tools around. Technorati provides a behind the scenes look at modern social media. So not much more to say  – other than check them out… Top picks: FactCompany: The definitive guide to social media tools for […]

An open call: Trains, disruption and safeguarding schoolkids

During the major Thameslink rail line disruption on Friday, I found myself sitting on a stationary train at my local station, frustrated like all the other passengers. As I finished emailing colleagues about the delays and finally got-over-myself for being annoyed at something unavoidable. I noticed a young child in school uniform, sitting alone and […]

What Have You Done?!

Last week a terrible decision was made for the District of St Albans that affects residents, our Green Belt and sadly put politics in front of people. On Wednesday 28th November, certain members of St Albans District Council decided to postpone the pre-submission of the Strategic Local Plan. This has enormous consequences for our District. […]

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 […]

Thank you from your new Harpenden East District Councillor

For those that may not have already heard, I am very pleased to announce that on Friday 7th May 2010, I was elected as the St Albans District Councillor for Harpenden East. The position is a real honour and I am looking forward to working hard to represent our community. This includes delivering on promises […]

Election day message for Harpenden East

Dear Harpenden East, Since being selected as the Harpenden East Conservative District Council candidate, many of you will have seen me out and about every weekend and most evenings meeting local residents and talking about your concerns and hopes for the ward and in fact the bigger national picture. It’s been a busy and enlightening […]