Published: 01/03/2013
ISBN: 9781780884752
Format: Paperback

‘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, Former Home Secretary more

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Commons People
MPs Are Human Too
by Tony Russell

Commons People takes a look at the day-to-day lives of our MPs, examining what motivates them, who inspires them, what they do to relax, what keeps them awake at night, and their hopes and aspirations for the future. It allows the reader to get into the minds of our elected representatives, reveals what’s in their hearts and explores their concerns. The book shows us the personal side of the people whose decisions affect virtually every aspect of our lives, including Sir Peter Bottomley, Andy Burnham, Stephen Dorrell, Zac Goldsmith, Sadiq Khan, Nicky Morgan and many more.

Commons People demonstrates that MPs are human too, sharing the same hopes and dreams as the rest of us. It finds out how they feel about ordinary everyday issues, allowing us to be able to relate to them more, in a manner which humour, frustration and sheer passion shines through.

Profits from the sale of the book will be donated to Reflections Art in Health, an arts in health charity founded by Tony and his wife Angie. The charity is dedicated to showcasing the creative talents of people with health problems generally, and mental health problems more specifically. It also demonstrates the value of the arts in aiding recovery and enhancing the healing environment. Commons People will appeal to the general public, and in particular to those with an interest in politics.

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This is a great book based on the fantastic idea of discovering the real agendas and ideas of MP's. It is fantastically written, interesting, and a truly enjoyable read. A fantastic debut book from Tony and I look forward to any future publications from such a talented author

by Josh Seagrave

This is a great book, really interesting. Love you Tony:) x

by megan

This is a great mixture of humanity and political insight : with a dose of humour mixed in. A good read .

by Steph

Really enjoyed the book @tonyr2011 'Commons People - MPs are human too' - fascinating insight :) It's so readable and everyone like a nosey into other people's thoughts and tastes.

by Isobel Dugher

I thought this book might be a little bit tedious, but actually once I picked it up I couldn't put it down !

by Josie Whiteley

This book has really changed my view of MPs.

by Professor Andre Tylee

Your book is brilliant - I loved it - such honest opinions from MPs. A must read and glad no index

by Dr Clare Gerada


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