Nic Dakin MP

Standing up for Scunthorpe County Constituency

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jo_cox.pngI can’t think of a time when the death of someone that people don’t know personally has affected the whole country in the way the terrible loss of Jo Cox has.

 Jo was my friend and colleague and her absence will always be felt.  A wonderful woman with so much drive and ambition to change people’s lives for the good whose continued work would have, I’m sure, improved the lot of so many and helped change the public view of British politics.  We should all work to ensure that her legacy is passionate whilst compassionate, honest and hate-free debate in politics - just as she exemplified.

 Watching the reports and interviews on television it is quite clear that those who knew her loved her and her constituents and those she helped held her in huge regard and affection.  Those who didn’t have the honour of knowing her have come to recognise what a very special person she was and, I think it is fair to say, that the whole of the country is mourning her loss and thinking of her two beautiful children, her husband Brendan and family.

 If you would like to leave a message of condolence, support, and solidarity for Jo's family, friends and colleagues –please sign the book of condolences at…. https:/donation.labour.org.uk/w/jo-cox-condolences

 

Jo Cox - messages of condolence

I can’t think of a time when the death of someone that people don’t know personally has affected the whole country in the way the terrible loss of Jo Cox...

Parliament_Office.jpgEnsuring our young people get the best opportunities in life is vital. No career choice should be closed off to them.

 

Yet it is still hard to get into a wide range of ‘establishment’ industries – such as the media, law and financial services. Sadly, there seems to still be a perception that Parliament is also one of those places.

 

It certainly used to be the case that politics was dominated by those who came from upper class families, went to private schools and mixed in the same social circles. Getting a foot in the door in Parliament was down to your well-connected parents putting you in touch with their friends and colleagues.

 

This has changed over the years and the Labour Party has been key to that. Our party was founded by working people and I am proud to see amongst my colleagues in the House of Commons former miners, teachers, healthcare workers, a postal worker, a soldier and carers.

 

It is vital that Parliament more accurately reflects the people it serves, so we can create laws that truly make a meaningful difference to people’s lives.

 

However, getting onto the first rung on the ladder that leads to a job in politics can be difficult. In the past there was a culture of unpaid internships, where those who had financial support would offer to work for free for MPs. This would then give them the experience they needed to get a permanent job in politics.

 

This is changing and key to that are schemes such as the Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme, which offers paid internships in MPs’ offices to people who would not normally get that kind of opportunity. The Scheme pays the living wage over the nine month placement and provides help and support to prepare the participants for the world of work – particularly in politics. It combines work in Parliament from Monday to Thursday, with training and experience in a range of private and public sector placements as well as working in different departments within the House authorities. 

 

We now have many graduates from the scheme and their feedback has been excellent – with many former participants describing the experience as ‘life changing’. Some graduates have gone on to work with MPs, others have used the scheme as a springboard to roles more widely in Parliament or to secure permanent jobs in the private sector.

 

The scheme is a great way to open up Parliament and politics to everyone. So if you’ve ever harboured the dream of working in politics, or want to learn more about how Parliament works, then please do consider applying.

 

I am very happy to announce I have been selected to host one of the candidates in my office for the 9 month placement. Applications for the 2016/17 cohort are open and close on 19th June.

 

If you are interested in applying please read the stories of those who are already on it. You can find out more and how to apply at: www.thecreativesociety.co.uk/uncategorized/speakers-scheme/

Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme 2016

Ensuring our young people get the best opportunities in life is vital. No career choice should be closed off to them.   Yet it is still hard to get into...

df354579-9e05-07f4-a1a2-88d3ee8a5b96.jpgTime races on towards the day of the Referendum.  I think it's a massive choice for the country.  I hope everyone who is able to do will cast their vote.  

With that in mind I will be having a SPECIAL EU REFERENDUM  'Ask Me Anything' sessions on my Facebook and Twitter on 14th June 2016

From 19:00 until 20:00 I will answer any questions on Europe and the Referendum on my Facebook Page and Twitter.  

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Time races on towards the day of the Referendum.  I think it's a massive choice for the country.  I hope everyone who is able to do will cast their vote....


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