Book Reviews

Commons People by Tony Russell

What people are saying about Commons People.

“Tony has gathered together the experiences, hopes, fears and everyday lives of a wide range of current MPs. These are not just the usual voices, but people who can give a real insight into being an MP. Tony’s warm and insightful commentary gives perspective to their words and challenges those outside politics to play their part in ensuring our MPs are the best they can be.”

Jacqui Smith, MP for Redditch 1997-2010 and Former Minister

“I picked up this book to hopefully provide me with some inspiration, mindful of the upcoming general and local elections.  I was not disappointed!  As a person not known for having a strong political interest, I have learnt a lot.  I am now much more aware of the impact politics has upon my everyday  life, and I am following the run up to the election with a renewed interest.The book brings to life MPs and has made me realise that MPs are normal people just like the rest of us, who are trying to do what is ‘right’.  A great ‘must’ read!”    

Karen Oogarah, Essex.

“A very informative and educational read.  Traditionally, family members have voted for the same party through many generations.  However with the voting population becoming more involved in politics, and their desire to use their vote wisely, this book adds the ‘person factor’ into politics, something which is often forgotten, as personalities rarely change, but political promises do change.  The insight that this book gives the reader into the politicians personality and background, is very heart-warming and reassuring to know our politicians are human beings and not mass produced political fodder material.  So hope the author can update the book with more MPs in the future – excellent read!”
Mark Bradshaw,Stoke-on-Trent