I was fortunate to be in the audience for the Ask the Leaders Question Time special just before the General Election last year, and I was so impressed by David Cameron's conviction, commitment and above all else determination to make the tough choices needed to put our country back on track. I joined the Conservative Party the next day.
I'm overjoyed that our next Prime Minister will be Theresa May, but saddened at the same time. I am thrilled that we will have another woman in Downing Street. I'm also pleased we didn't delay the process one it was clear May was to be the only candidate. The sadness I'm feeling comes from knowing Mr Cameron is resigning. His leadership has given us so many, many things to be thankful for. We have achieved so much because he was strong enough to make tough choices for the good of the country. He delivered on his manifesto promise, to offer a referendum, and was gracious in defeat - a true statesman. His legacy will not be forgotten!
I'm looking forward to the next chapter. I would have liked to see the contest go to the party member vote, but admire Leadsom's decision and respect it. We will unite as a party and back Theresa all the way. She has some tough choices to make, but with a talented pool of MPs to draw from, she has the finest support she could ever need. I'm also proud of my fellow party members and activists. We've shown how to rally the troops when needed, and also how to put aside differences and work together for the common good. Whilst others squabble, we get on with it.
It has been a very interesting and exciting couple of weeks. Fasten your seatbelt... It's only just started!