On Wednesday 20th May, Victoria took to the floor of the Commons to be sworn in.
All Members of Parliament, regardless of whether they have served in a previous Parliament, must take an oath or affirmation before they are allowed to speak in a debate or participate in a vote. In fact, if a Member does not take their oath but subsequently sits in a debate or votes they can be fined £500 and they have to vacate their seat!
The full wording of the Oath is as follows:
“I swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law. So help me God.”
Swearing in takes place over a number of days following the Speaker’s Election which took place on Monday. The next time Victoria will take to the green benches will be next Wednesday 27 May after the State Opening of Parliament. It is anticipated that Victoria will make her maiden speech some time during the week beginning 1st June.
Victoria Prentis, Member of Parliament for North Oxfordshire, spent Friday morning at school at Bicester Community College, briefly attending lessons including Maths, Art and English.
Victoria visited Head Teacher Tony Rushworth and a number of his staff, to speak in more detail about the school’s future plans and ever improving standards. She was then given a tour of the school with staff and Head Boy Mj Oosthuizen.
Victoria said “I was so happy that one of my first of many visits as MP for North Oxfordshire was to a greatly improved school. I was very impressed with the steps Bicester Community College have taken to offer the best opportunities for students. I am excited for their future, and know staff have a clear vision of aspiration for the young people studying there.”
Mr Rushworth commented: “We were pleased to welcome Victoria to our school and to be able to demonstrate the pride and commitment of our staff and students.
“This is an exciting point in the school’s development, as we prepare to re-launch as The Bicester School, an academy sponsored by Activate Learning, in September.
“Victoria recognised the significant improvements which have already been delivered and we look forward to building on these for the further benefit of pupils and the local community.”
On Friday May 8th at approximately 07:20, Victoria was declared elected Member of Parliament for North Oxfordshire.
“I want to thank every single person who put their faith in me. I’m delighted to be the MP for the area I call home. I promise to work hard and be a strong voice for the constituency.”
|Victoria Prentis – Conservative
|Sean Woodcock – Labour
|Dickie Bird – UKIP
|John Howson – Lib Dem
|Ian Middleton – Green
|Roseanne Edwards – National Health Action
Turnout was 65.84%
Victoria visited local printers, Banbury Litho on Tuesday 21st April to see her latest election leaflet coming off the presses.
“I’m proud that my election address is being printed locally, I strongly believe in supporting local businesses. Banbury Litho is a fantastic example of how well businesses have come since the dark days at the end of the last Labour government.”
“Reading is an important part of life, whether it be for work or for pleasure. We must encourage our children to pick up a book and dive into one of the many worlds created by incredible authors.”
This campaign by Save the Children aims by 2025 to ensure every child is reading well before the age of 11 – Read On Get On
Victoria spent an afternoon in the Spring sunshine at The Warriner School’s Lambing Weekend on Saturday 7th March 2015. Accompanied by her three year old niece, she spoke with Head Teacher, Dr Annabel Kay, about how the school is going from strength to strength, and how all of the school’s staff and pupils can be proud of recent results.
Sixth Form students with an interest in fields such as veterinary science are provided with fantastic hands on agricultural experience through the school farm. For the first time, the school is preparing for students to sit their A2s this Summer. After opening in September 2013, the school’s Further Education offering has proved immensely popular.
“The school farm is an innovative way of familiarising students with agricultural practices, inside and alongside a mainstream education. It helps teach responsibility, smallholding skills and respect for our natural environment.”
Victoria spent Saturday lunchtime meeting shoppers in Bicester and asking them to complete a survey on local priorities.
“Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete my survey on local priorities. I will be acting on the concerns that people raised with me”.
On Tuesday 13th January 2015 Victoria visited The Butchers Arms in Fringford as part of her Pub Tour around the constituency.
“It was fantastic to meet so many local people and hear about their local and national priorities. I want to say a huge thank you to Terry and Pat for allowing us to hold the event at their pub”