Chris Whitty


Member of the Health & Social Care Select Committee

Dean has been a member of the Health and Social Care Committee since the 2nd March 2020. The committee is responsible for scrutinising the work of the Department of Health and Social Care and its associated public bodies. The committee examines government policies, spending and administration on behalf of the electorate and the House of Commons.  

During the COVID pandemic, Dean has interviewed key figures from Government and advisors including Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Officer Sir Patrick Vallance, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP and NHS Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens. 

Over the course of the COVID pandemic, Dean has raised questions on behalf of constituents and the Country. This has included raising issues related to COVID covering a range of topics such as school closures, the role of face coverings, NHS and Social Care staff mental health support, the safety of maternity services in England, access to care homes and support for people with learning disabilities or autistic people.

Dean has been part of multiple reports by the Committee. For the complete update on current and previous inquiries please visit the Health and Social Care Select Committee website here. View many of Dean's questions on the Health and Social Care Select Committee below.

My Plan For Watford by Dean Russell MP

Dean is actively involved in the community and is leading local and national campaigns and initiatives to make a difference for people across Watford and around the UK. Use the links below to find out more. If you don't see something important to you, let Dean know via a quick community survey here. 

Funding For
Watford General

Find out about Dean's successful lobbying for £400m funding for West Herts Hospital Trust.

Infrastructure &Transport

From Woodmere Avenue to local infrastructure and transport. Find out about Dean's local work. 

Mental Health
& Wellbeing

Find out Dean's plans for mental health & wellbeing across our town.

Safe Streets &
Fighting Crime

Find out about Dean's work to put victims first, tackle crime and ensure our streets are safe.

Tackling Homelessness

Dean has helped secure over £4m to end homelessness in Watford. 

Education, Skills & Jobs

Find out about the latest initiatives for skills and jobs from kickstarter schemes to training. 

Environment & Waste

Join Dean in ending the use of single use plastic and waste across Watford. 

Share Your Views

What are your priorities? Dean wants to hear your views, complete this quick survey now.