Now, some young people say they're just not interested in politics. But with the General Election fast approaching on May the 7th, all the political parties are trying their best to change that. And to win the young vote.
So to find out what they had to offer them, in their area, sixth formers at a school in Wantage organised their own Hustings. Andrew Pate has more.
The Thames Valley will be a key battleground in the General Election for all the major political parties.
ITV Meridian's Fred Dinenage speaks to Professor Colin Rallings, ITV's political expert, about which seats are crucial to the formation of the next Government.
Rail passengers are being warned to check before travelling over Easter because of disruption on routes between the Thames Valley & London.Read the full story ›
A former police detective says child exploitation in the Thames Valley could have been prevented years before a widespread investigation got underway. Dermot Norridge says he repeatedly raised concerns over the plight of a 13-year-old girl, but was ignored by senior care bosses. Well today, he's been speaking to our reporter Cary Johnston, about his frustration.
Yakubu came off the bench to score his first goal for Reading and secure an FA Cup fifth round victory at Derby.
Hal Robson-Kanu gave the visitors a 53rd-minute lead after Stephen Warnock had been sent off on his Derby debut.
It took Darren Bent eight minutes to level the scores - with his fifth goal in as many games.
Yakubu - who was only signed last month - held off the chasing defenders to fire in a low-left footed shot.
Severe delays on M40 northbound - closed between junction 9 A34/A41 (Wendlebury/Bicester) and junction 10 A43 (Brackley/Cherwell Valley Services). It's due to a serious accident involving 42 vehicles. It happened at 07:50 this morning, just after junction 9. The carriageway is expected to be closed for the rest of the day. Trapped traffic is being turned back to J9. There are solid queues of several miles approaching the closure.
Diversion - the official diversion is along the southbound A34 to Weston-on-the-Green, then the B430 northbound, rejoining at J11. This route is signed by the solid circle symbol
There will be no trains to Paddington from Didcot Parkway or Reading for five days over Easter - disrupting up to 100,000 journeys a day.Read the full story ›
Police Forces across the region have been busier than they'd hoped with their drink drive campaigns this year. Since the beginning of December, Surrey Police have made 56 arrests for drink driving. In Hampshire, that number almost doubles to 101. But the highest number is in the Thames Valley, where 117 have been arrested. Drink driving can devastate lives and lead to years in prison and driving bans. The Police are today asking motorists to consider - is it really worth the risk? Juliette Fletcher has the story.
117 people have been arrested for drink-driving in the Thames Valley during the first two weeks of the Christmas anti-drink drug drive campaign. This is down 10-per-cent on the 130 arrests made in the same period last year.
The 'Is it worth the risk?' campaign was launched on Monday 1 December and is aimed at targeting drink and drug drivers over the festive period. It is estimated that over 5500 people have so far been breath tested.
Of those arrested, 93 were men and 24 were female. The oldest was a 79-year-old man arrested in Bicester and the youngest was 19 years old.
In total, 58 of the 117 arrested have been charged, 43 have been released on bail pending further enquiries and 16 people have been released with no further action. The campaign, which runs until 1 January, will see police targeting individuals they suspect of driving under the influence of drink or drugs, both on the way home from nights out and the morning after a heavy night. Of the arrests, 46 have been made in Berkshire, 44 in Buckinghamshire and 27 in Oxfordshire.
Chief Inspector for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Roads Policing Unit, Henry Parsons said: "It's worrying that some people are still making the wrong choices, deciding to drink and drive when there are alternatives available. I'm grateful for the public support for this campaign that has helped us to be in the right places, at the right times to make these arrests. We'll continue to target drink drivers every single day of the year, not just during campaign periods. It isn't worth the risk."
Thames Valley Police is re-appealing for information about the historic murder of Michael Meenaghan on the twentieth anniversary of his death today.
Just before 4.30pm on 10 December 1994 a 999 call to police was made from the home of Dr Meenaghan, a 33-year-old research scientist, in Monks Close, Blackbird Leys.
No speech could be heard. However, someone struggling to breathe was heard in the background.
Officers attended the property and found Dr Meenaghan. He had been shot and died from his injuries.
The investigation concluded that a shotgun was fired through a kitchen window at the rear of the house.
Despite extensive enquiries, the murder remains undetected and continues to be investigated by the Major Crime Investigations Review Team.
A £10,000 reward is being offered by Thames Valley Police for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the offender. A reward of up to £10,000 is also being offered by independent charity Crimestoppers, also for information leading to a conviction of the offender.