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IN PARLIAMENT

Dean is very active in Parliament to stand up for Watford and raise national issues. Find out about Dean's activities in Committees, All Party Parliamentary Groups and from the House of Commons below.

Standing Up For Watford In Westminster

Dean has been an active member in Parliament since day one as Watford's MP. 

Dean has raised local issues ranging from commuters concerns to the width restriction at Woodmere avenue, through to representing Watford on national matters ranging from COVID to mental health, business support to Brexit.

As a member of the Health & Social Care Select Committee and the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Dean has been at the forefront of scrutinising government and advisors by asking the questions you wanted answered around lockdown and COVID.

Throughout the last year, Dean has regularly met with Ministers and Secretaries of State to raise issues raised by constituents in surgeries and from outreach. 

As a member, and Chairman, of several All Party Parliamentary Groups Dean has also put people before politics in Westminster to collaborate on issues relevant to Watford and nationally.

As part of normal Parliamentary process, Dean also attends many Direct Legislation and Statutory Instrument meetings and committees which may not all be listed here. 

If you want Dean to raise an issue in Parliament, please get in touch via the contact page here. 

Speeches in Parliament

Dean has spoken regularly in Parliament on local and national issues. Every speech in Parliament is recorded in Hansard for future generations to read, and also available in video for viewing.

Dean's speeches and questions in Parliament can be found in the Speeches in Parliament section of this website with a filter based on topics and categories. 

Over the past year Dean has taken part in three Prime Minister's Questions, raised serious issues directly to Ministers and Secretaries of State and regularly mentions local Watford people, community groups and businesses to say thanks from the House of Commons. 

Visits To Parliament

When Parliament reopens to the public, Dean is keen to begin to host tours for Watford constituents of the Palace of Westminster.

Sadly, Dean is not allowed to cover the travel costs for the visits but will always endeavour to ensure visits are affordable to constituents.

If you would like to express an interest in joining a future tour, please get in touch via the contact form here.

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.  

Find out more about the Health and Social Care Select Committee here, including video clips of all Dean's questions to witnesses.

Telecommunications (Security) Bill

The Committee Stage for The Telecommunications (Security) Bill to make provision about the security of public electronic communications networks and public electronic communications services took place recently.

Dean was part of the The Public Bill Committee which has now completed its work and has reported the Bill with amendments to the House, and is no longer able to receive written evidence.

The Bill has now been carried over into the next Session of Parliament for 2021-22 and is now due to have its report stage and third reading on Tuesday 25 May 2021. Amendments can be made to the Bill at Report Stage. Amendments to be considered are selected by the Speaker.

To find all of the relevant documents and follow the passage of the Bill, visit the official Parliamentary page here.

Joint Committee
on Human Rights

Dean has been a member of the Human Rights (Joint Committee) since the 2nd March 2020. The Joint Committee on Human Rights consists of twelve members, appointed from both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The committee examines matters relating to human rights within the United Kingdom, as well as scrutinising every Government Bill for its compatibility with human rights.

Find out more about the Join Committee on Human Rights, including video clips of all Dean's questions to witnesses.

Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art 

Dean has been a member of the Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art since the 20th May 2020.

The Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art is a cross-party group of Members appointed by the Speaker to advise on the use and management of the Parliamentary Art Collection in the House of Commons.

This includes the purchase of works of art, safeguarding the Parliamentary Art Collection, ensuring new purchases are in line with the Acquisition Policy and to advise officials on the decorative interiors of the Commons areas of the Parliamentary Estate. 

Air Traffic Management and
Unmanned Aircraft Bill [Lords] Committee

A part of the role of an MP is to sit on Bill Committees as well as sessions on Statutory Instruments and Direct Legislation which form laws across the country.

 

Dean was recently on the Telecommunications Bill committee and more recently was a member of the Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill [Lords] Committee which took place on the 4th February 2021. The committee makes provision for airspace change proposals and the licensing regime for air traffic services under Part 1 of the Transport Act 2000. The committee also confer police powers relating to unmanned aircraft and requirements in Air Navigation Orders and provide for fixed penalties for certain offences relating to unmanned aircrafts. 

All Party Parliamentary Groups

All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, though many choose to involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities. 

Dean is the Chair, Vice Chair and member of several All Party Parliamentary Groups which have relevance to Watford or topical national issues.

Parliamentary Business & Voting

The official Parliamentary website provides a record of all Member of Parliament's records including voting, speeches, and other relevant contributions.

 

Hansard is the official report of all Parliamentary debates. Find Members, their contributions, debates, petitions and divisions from published Hansard reports dating back over 200 years. Daily debates from Hansard are published on the official Hansard website the next working day.

Access Dean's official page on the Parliamentary website via the button 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.