I’m delighted to announce that I am standing as a candidate for the West in the 2016 Election. Over the next few days and weeks, I’ll post here about important and relevant topics – questions I’ve been asked on doorsteps, or at hustings, or issues that have come up in the news – so that you can find a more detailed insight into my politics, when deciding how you want to use your votes.

The next few weeks are going to be an incredible experience – I’m looking forward to meeting people and getting a deeper insight into what matters to islanders – but they’ll also be tough and challenging. So it seems right to start this process on a high note. This is a great Election campaign to be part of because, for some adult islanders, it is the first Election they are legally allowed to vote in. This includes some people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions or dementia, who have a guardian appointed to look after their affairs. A recent change in law has lifted a bar that used to prevent these islanders from having a voice in local politics.

As a community, we’re making progress towards greater inclusion and equality – values which are very important to me and, I believe, to many islanders. So it’s a great time to be part of Guernsey politics. Whatever happens over the next few weeks, it’s a privilege to be part of the first Election in which all adult islanders can take part and vote as equals.