Hope is something the Watford community sees in their latest MP; hope that he can lead the town through divisive times, hope that he can turn his vision of Watford under his reign into a reality.
But for Dean Russell MP, the term HOPE has taken on a new meaning entirely.
He uses it as an acronym for his key values and wants to use his platform to inspire others to Help One Person Everyday.
“With the platform of being an MP, I can do this on a much bigger scale and intend to use this role to help far more people but also, I want to inspire others to do the same,” said Mr Russell MP.
Putting people before politics is a motto which Mr Russell MP lives by, and for him, delivering on the pledges he made during his election campaign is monumental so he can repay those in the community who voted for him.
He explained: “During the election, I made several significant local pledges. These included ensuring better support for mental health, tackling loneliness, ending the use of single-use plastic and extending the jobs fair to be even more inclusive of people with disabilities and former armed forces personnel through to encouraging entrepreneurs and start-ups. I have to say, these pledges were not made only to win the election; I wanted to win so I could deliver on them. That’s why I have already begun active discussions on getting these projects started.
“There are many local matters that I know are close to residents’ hearts too. These range from ensuring you get the best from the £400m pledged for the West Herts NHS Trust through to working with local government and challenging the rail franchise to improve transport. I have already begun discussions with relevant ministers and councillors to ensure these matters are prioritised and delivered on.
“I am hopeful over the coming months and years Watford residents will see I am 100 per cent focused on delivering for them. I am aiming to work collaboratively to bring the right people together to make a difference for Watford across a range of areas from health to transport, jobs and tackling crime.”
This role has always been one of his’ dreams, but what attracted him to becoming Richard Harrington’s successor was the amazing community which makes up this wonderful town.
“There are so many attractions. Of course, the overriding one is that my family links mean I know Watford incredibly well. I met my wife nearly 20 years ago, and she was born and bred in Watford. Ultimately though, it’s about the people. The community in Watford really is something special. From the multi-faith initiatives to the way people come together to support charity events, there is a tangible feeling of community in Watford. I feel there is a vast scope to work within the town but also help make a difference too.”
Describing it as a “real pleasure to meet so many residents” during his campaign, Mr Russell MP is now looking forward to working with all aspects of the community to make Watford the best it can be.
He added: “It’s a tremendous honour and privilege to be the MP for Watford. During the election, it was a real pleasure to meet so many residents, community groups and organisations and hear their views and the fantastic work that goes on across Watford.”