Talk:Bob Russell (British politician)

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Co-op Party[edit]

The Labour Party, affiliated organisations Question - If the Co-operative Party is an affiliated organisation & therefore a constituent part of the Labour Party, what are Bob's reasons for wanting to be a member of the Liberal Democrats AND a member of the Labour Party? Please cite one of his articles/opinions for reference. Thanks! Davidbober 01:28, 4 April 2006 (UTC)

The Co-op Party actually isn't affiliated to the Labour Party, but is often referred to as being so for laziness/ease. It is a separate political party, registered with the Electoral Commission, which has an electoral agreement (rather than an affiliation agreement) with the Labour Party. It has some of the same rights as socialist societies, plus some extra ones. It originally started separate to the Labour Partty although its elected representatives always took the Labour whip. The Co-op Party allows members of the Labour Party, or members of none to join.
Russell (and some in the Co-op Party) believe that Co-op interests would best be served by working in partnership with other parties too - Russell has written letters and articles in the Co-operative News on the subject but I haven't kept those. Perhaps someone can come up with a reference from an old copy. Mtiedemann 09:43, 5 April 2006 (UTC)

Would be great, thanks. Davidbober 00:15, 11 April 2006 (UTC)

Colchester[edit]

Is there any appropriate information that can be referenced in article Colchester Politics? Davidbober 01:32, 4 April 2006 (UTC)

Controversy[edit]

I have removed this bit: He has also courted controversy by rebelling against his party whip to vote against equality in the age of consent and against sexuality equality legislation, but against ID cards and euthanasia. Back in April, NickBarlow changed the word "for" to "against", claiming that Bob Russell had changed his position on ID cards, but he was seemingly oblivious to the fact that he had also switched Bob Russell's position on euthanasia, as well as messing up the grammar of the sentence. The original reference was to Voting Record — Bob Russell MP, Colchester, but that page says nothing whatsoever about any controversy. All it does is give a list of how he has voted in relation to various bills. NickBarlow's reference is just as bad, as it is just a list of numbers based on the interpretations of the contibutors to another website. Nothing can be deduced from either source in terms of the level of contrversy that Bob Russell stirred up, and even any summarising of his positions from those data alone would require interpretation and analysis which it is not the position of Wikipedia editors to do. To claim that his voting has courted controversy, we need references that show that there were significant voices raised against him at the time he made specific votes. -- Oliver P. (talk) 18:32, 21 September 2010 (UTC)

rubbish men[edit]

he said "rubbish man!", not "you're a rubbish man".

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