Dean Russell MP Watford visiting Kingsway Infants School


Dean has been working with schools, businesses and local organisations to support education, skills and jobs across Watford.

Chancellor of the Exchequer teaches Maths in Watford

Dean invited Rishi Sunak to Watford virtually, where he taught a maths class at Holywell School.

Mr Sunak said: "With schools adapting to the lockdown and visits reduced, I’ve been dropping into maths classes across the country to run through some tasks before taking questions from the kids.

"I was delighted to head to Watford last week where I was grilled on my life in lockdown and being Chancellor."

Watford MP Dean Russell helped set up the class with Mr Sunak and took part in the virtual session.

He said: "It was fantastic to see Rishi interact with the children. I think it is really important that young people have opportunities like this to hopefully inspire and encourage them – and to also build their confidence.

"All of the teachers are working incredibly hard not just with home learning, but also having to combine this with teaching the kids that are physically in the classroom.

"I hope they enjoyed seeing their pupils spend time with the Chancellor and I thank them for their excellent questions."

Primary School Podcasts

As part of Dean's regular engagement with schools across Watford, he hosted several Q&A's with Primary School children to find out how they have been during the lockdown.

As part of the Q&A's, Dean had a chance to share some of the work he has been doing at the local MP and see how lessons have been going as children were adapting to virtual lessons.

Check out the podcasts with the schools and more at the links below to 'Watford Matters with Dean Russell'.


Kickstart in Watford

Dean has been engaging with local organisations to support the roll out of the Kickstarter scheme across Watford.

Taking on a new employee is a big step and a big risk for many small businesses and this scheme is designed to reduce the risk for employers, and create an opportunity for local, young people who are seeking employment. 

Hopefully many businesses in Watford will take part and help to kickstart our local economy and reduce the number looking for work as we emerge from the pandemic.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds.

To find out more about the Kickstarter scheme click here.

Kickstart Scheme Logo

Small Business Ambassador

Dean has been appointed as a regional Small Business Ambassador.

The scheme was unveiled to mark Small Business Saturday in 2020 to enable MPs to be a voice to enterprises and help shape crucial government policy.

Dean is one of twelve Members of Parliament hand-picked to represent Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and every English region. The team is designed to bring a wide range of experience and represents every region, reinforcing the commitment to level up across the country.

Dean wants to hear from small businesses across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex to join roundtables and engage to inform government policy.

Find out how your small business can get involved.

Do you run a small business? Get in touch with Dean Russell MP Watford



on your Team

Would you like to put your local MP to work on a shift in your school, business or charity? 

'Put Dean On Your Team' does what it says on the tin! Get Dean to join a shift with your team and help promote your work.

From serving customers to filing documents, doing a spot of cleaning to helping load your van, no job is out of bounds.

Get in touch to 'Put Dean On Your Team'.

Visits and Trips

Every year, MPs welcome hundreds of schoolchildren to Parliament and I am always tries to meet visitors from the constituency to talk about the politics and history of Westminster, the work of an MP and about local issues.

If you would like to book a tour of the Palace of Westminster, please contact my office.


Whilst tours have been on hold during the pandemic, it. ishoped they will resume in the future. Tours can be booked for groups of 20 people and repeated tours from the same school are acceptable. Unfortunately, the MP cannot meet travel costs.

For more details, such as the best times to arrange a tour of Parliament, please visit .  Please be aware that tours do need to be booked months in advance.

There are also free educational visits which, in addition to a tour of the Palace, offer children and students the chance to learn more about Parliament through interactive workshops. There is also a travel subsidy available to state schools which could cover up to 75% of your travel costs.

All bookings are made by phone, one school term in advance, on a given date.  To make a booking for an educational visit, please visit

Dean's Local Campaigns

Funding For
Watford General

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

Infrastructure & Local Issue

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

Mental Health
& Wellbeing

Find out how you can help put mental health & wellbeing first across the town.

Safe Streets &
Fighting Crime

Find out about local efforts to tackle county lines crime and ensure our streets are safe.

Tackling Homelessness

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

Increasing Skills & Jobs

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

Food Waste & 

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

Community & Volunteering

An active volunteer in Watford, find out about local and national community initiatives