Former Prime Minister David Cameron has decided to step down as an MP, triggering a by-election in his Witney constituency.
The rollercoaster year for Mr Cameron took a new twist today, Monday, when he announced his decision to step down from his role representing a patch which includes Chipping Norton and other parts of the area covered by the Banbury Guardian.
So while tributes are paid to his political career from around the globe, the news will be keenly felt in his adopted home patch where he always managed to juggle the demands of high office with normal family and constituency life.
That balancing act, which meant he was seen in Banbury as well as around the Witney area, helped him keep in touch with Oxfordshire issues as well as the great matters of state.
One of the first to sum up that local appeal was David McFarlane, Chairman of the West Oxfordshire Conservative Association.
He said: “David Cameron has been an outstanding Member of Parliament for the Witney constituency and a true statesman who put the country first without for one moment losing sight of his constituency duties.
“All of us in the Association have watched his career as a politician with great pride since he stood for the first time in 2001.
“It has been a privilege to support the work of someone who has given so much to West Oxfordshire and the country.
“We will miss him terribly but I know that the whole Association will join me in thanking him for all he has done and wishing him, Samantha and the children all the very best for the future.”