Lizzy Yarnold MBE Tours Sevenoaks District

Lizzie with her 2 gold medals
Lizzy with her 2 gold medals beside the gold bus

Crowds turned out in force to welcome and congratulate Lizzy with her 2 Olympic gold medals for the sport of Skeleton.  The first medal was awarded in 2014 at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games and the second was gained this year at the 2018 Korea Winter Games in PyeongChang.  She was the only British athlete to gain a gold medal at this event.

Lizzy started her tour of the Sevenoaks area in an open-topped bus which left the District Council offices at 9.30 am and then visited as many schools as possible throughout the morning, meeting students from Knole Acadamy, Weald of Kent, Trinity, Otford, Shoreham, Eynsford, Farningham, Swanley, HortonKirby and finally West Kingsdown.

Lizzie Yarnold with Michael at SDC offices
Lizzy Yarnold with Michael at SDC offices

Honouring Lizzy Yarnold in House of Commons

Lizzie Yarnold at Pyeongchang 2018
Lizzie Yarnold at Pyeongchang 2018

Michael has tabled a motion to the House of Commons in honour of Lizzy Yarnold’s “magnificent success” at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Yarnold became the first Briton – and the first skeleton athlete – to win successive Winter Games golds when she claimed victory last Saturday on an historic day for Team GB.

Michael’s tribute follows news that Yarnold, originally from West Kingsdown near Sevenoaks, is now the most decorated British Winter Olympian.

The Sevenoaks MP also called on the Government to recognise Yarnold’s achievement with a lasting commitment to youth sport.  Members of Parliament from different parties continue to add their names to the motion in support.

Michael said: “Many congratulations to our double Olympian.  Let’s use this momentum to set up a talent programme, helping our young people access any specialist sports equipment needed to succeed in events like the skeleton.”

Michael Helps to Save West Kingsdown Medical Centre

Michael has welcomed the news that West Kingsdown Medical Centre will remain open after he intervened.

After a number of patients raised concerns with him, Michael pressed NHS England South East and Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley CCG to find a solution that maintained a local GP service in West Kingsdown.

Following his intervention, NHS England South East have announced that new local GPs will take over the medical centre, ensuring continuity for patients and opportunities for improved care.

Michael said: “This is excellent news.  West Kingsdown needs its own surgery and I am glad that the NHS and the local CCG have listened to the concerns of local people and their representatives.  I will continue to monitor the issue to ensure that the transition is as seamless as possible.”

Concerns about West Kingsdown Medical Centre

Responding to the current uncertainty about West Kingsdown Medical Centre, Michael said: “I am concerned about the situation facing the residents of West Kingsdown.  I have received representations from a number of constituents, whom I have advised to participate in the current consultation process.  I have also written to NHS England to request further information and clarification on the subject.”