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City selection process challenged by Essex MP

Chelmsford city centre Credit: ITV Anglia

An Essex MP is calling for a special parliamentary debate on the way candidates for city status were chosen.

Sir Bob Russell, whose Colchester constituency wasn't among the winning bids, is asking for the names and positions of those who judged the 25 applicant towns to be published.

Neighbouring Chelmsford was among the towns which were awarded city status.

Sir Bob referred to himself as "representing the premier borough of Essex" a phrase which he says he will now refer to whenever the opportunity arises.