Last week I had the pleasure of joining the Kemsing Every Step Count walk, which was brilliantly organised by Martin and Yvonne Watt. More than 20 walkers turned out on what was a beautiful winter morning, and it was great to enjoy a coffee at the Bell pub afterwards. Every Step Counts is a fantastic initiative set up by District Councillor Irene Collins, with the support of Sevenoaks District Council. There are currently eight groups running across the constituency – which allow residents to come together for both friendship and fitness - so if you are interested in taking part, please do visit; https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/every-step-counts-gentle-wellbeing-walking-group. A huge thank you to Martin, Yvonne and all the walkers for making me feel so welcome.
One of the great joys of my role as an MP is to visit our wonderful local schools. And, last week, I visited St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School in Sevenoaks. I enjoyed a tour of the school, before answering questions from some of the Year 5 pupils. I also met with the school council – which is made up of two representatives from each year group. They shared with me some of their ideas on how to make Sevenoaks a better place to live and work. My thanks to all the pupils, Academy Principal Ms Leahy, as well as teachers Mrs Busvine and Mrs Williams for making my visit so enjoyable.
Finally, I cannot let this week’s column pass without acknowledging the wider political context. I want you know I am very angry about the reports of parties at Number 10. Enormously difficult restrictions were in place at the time, and residents across Sevenoaks and Swanley followed the rules, often at great personal cost. Everyone, whoever they are, should obey the law, and anyone who is found to have egregiously broken the rules must face consequences. Please be reassured that I am listening closely to my constituents’ views on the matter.