Firstly, congratulations to everyone in Bristol West who’s got the A level results they wanted today. I have my own vivid memories of, er, 25 years ago when I got my own results (ABB) which meant that I’d got my place at Bristol University to study history. And I’ve been in Bristol ever since that autumn, so your life is about to take an exciting new turn.
I’ve always tried to be an open and accessible politician. Back in the mid 1990s I was one of the first councillors in Bristol to have an email address. I’ve had a web site for over a decade and am a Facebook enthusiast…and unlike many MPs I manage my own Facebook profile, rather than getting an intern to do it! I’ve been a blogging and Twitter sceptic and resisted constant urgings to try them out. But I’ve decided to cave in on the former and give it a go.