It is an exciting moment for or all those who are first time voters, whether you have just turned eighteen or you have decided to vote for the first time. In West Oxfordshire, this means you can vote in Parliamentary elections, in both the District and County Council elections, as well as for the more recent Police and Crime Commissioner - all of which have different roles.
To be able to take part in our Parliamentary democracy is - perhaps you agree with me - one of the most precious rights that we enjoy in this country. In fact, when you consider how many countries in the World are still not so lucky, perhaps the ability to cast a free vote in a secret ballot would be better described as a privilege.
I know that you will be wanting to play your full part in our democracy, and that you will be thinking about all the many issues that are a part of it. Perhaps you have a settled political viewpoint, perhaps not. Perhaps you are already passionate about specific issues and may already be involved in them. You may get your news from the TV, online, or social media.
I feel that part of my role in that process as your Parliamentary representative includes knowing what matters to those I represent. Below is a survery and if you have a few minutes to complete it, I would really like to hear from you.
I also consider it is important for me as your Parliamentary representative to keep you informed of what I am up to in Parliament and locally. I regularly post on social media, and send out a fortnightly email update - you might like to sign up to to the right of this page. You can read all of my previous newsletters here.