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Today I was privileged to have the opportunity to do something completely different; we visited Demeter House in Scawby, a school that offers education for vulnerable children with emotional, behavioural and associated learning difficulties, particularly students with autistic spectrum disorders. In the IT room, Gareth Mitchell from the Department of Work and Pensions provided a lesson on possible career choices. He introduced them to a website called ‘icould’ which matches your personality type with potential careers, and it was fantastic to see the different personality types and the careers linked to their personalities.

After that session ended, we then moved to a question and answer session, between the children and Nic. The questions that were asked were diverse, ranging from Nic’s stance on Brexit to young people’s engagement with politics, all equally fantastic questions. I too believe that there should be more focus with young people and politics, especially as they are our future generation and their involvement with important decisions, can and will shape the country’s future. Due to this, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to their opinions, along with their enthusiasm. 

 

 

Anna's blog 9/2/2018

Today I was privileged to have the opportunity to do something completely different; we visited Demeter House in Scawby, a school that offers education for vulnerable children with emotional, behavioural...

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It is great to be back here in the office, after the busy period of Christmas, New Year, assignments and exams. Reading the Yorkshire post I came across a small article with the headline “‘Arcane’ parliament needs a huge kick up the backside, says new MP” which sparked my interest, and I thought it would be an interesting topic to discuss in this week’s blog.
  
The renovations of the palace of Westminster have sparked comments from MP’s.  SNP’s David Linden commented that he believes the current building should be turned into a museum and a new Parliament building moved further north into the Midlands. I am inclined to agree with this statement as well as his comment, that the UK cannot have everything concentrated in one small corner of England. To move to somewhere more central would make it more accessible, for constituents and MPs.
The age and current state of the building are the reasons for the necessary refurbishments. The amount of money needed for this could be better spent on the building of somewhere more modest in the midlands, with the current buildings remaining as they are as a museum. This would still attract the same level of tourism and perhaps even generate more, with more available access. The Houses of Parliament are an important part of British history, but perhaps in the 21st century it is time for a change, and possibly a move away from London to a more central location, may be more beneficial in modern Britain. Scunthorpe is quite a central town, wouldn’t it be fantastic to have the new houses of parliament so close to our town.
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Anna's blog 1/2/2018

It is great to be back here in the office, after the busy period of Christmas, New Year, assignments and exams. Reading the Yorkshire post I came across a small...

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I'm really pleased to hear that, following the latest review of Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) services by NHS England, all aspects of the Leeds service are described as either meeting all the requirements of will meet them with further development of its plans - a final confirmation that the service is safe! I’ve listed some more exciting updates from the Leeds Unit below:

The practice of using coronary stents is now being used to treat a potentially life-threatening obstruction of flow of blood to the lungs in new born babies. It’s now a preferred alternative to heart surgery, and represents the first time a keyhole technique has been proven to give superior results to surgery.

Patients with more complex surgical needs who previously needed to be referred to London are now being treated at the Unit.

Construction begins on a revolutionary, new children’s heart theatre in January and will be finished in February 2019.

New staff have been recruited in psychology, and there is an increase in specialist cardiac nurses.

After all the uncertainty that has surrounded CHD services throughout England since 2011, we can finally look forward to a long period of stability. I'm sure this is greatly welcomed by staff, patients and their families and it will enable the Unit and the Children's Heart Surgery Fund to plan for an even better future for CHD services at Leeds.

After a long campaign from all across the region, it's great to see hard work pay off and result in such fantastic news! What better way to celebrate the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund?

Leeds Meeting CHD Requirements

  I'm really pleased to hear that, following the latest review of Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) services by NHS England, all aspects of the Leeds service are described as either...

Nic Dakin, MP for Scunthorpe kicks off his IPT Fellowship with a visit to the UK Power Reserve (UKPR) headquarters in Solihull, Birmingham on Thursday 7 December. The visit takes place as part of his Fellowship focusing on Energy, Financial Services, Aerospace and Defence sectors.

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UK Power Reserve is the leading provider of flexibility to the UK energy market, with over 800MW of small scale, low carbon assets across England and Wales. Nic was given an insight into how the company is driving the change towards the smart, flexible energy system of the future with rapid response gas-fired power plants built close to centres of demand and the development of its 120MW battery storage portfolio, one of the largest in Europe. 


During the visit, Nic learned about various aspects of the business including a tour of the innovative Virtual Power Station, which manages and operates all of UKPR’s assets from its Solihull headquarters 24 hours a day. He was given an overview of how the power plants operate and the services they provide, balancing ever-changing shifts in supply and demand and supporting the growth of renewable energy.
Nic also met with members of the team, including Sonia Quiterio, Senior Expansion Manager, Rachel Chambers, Senior Development Coordinator and Michael Jenner, Director of Policy and Regulation. The visit enabled Nic to explore topics such a regulatory uncertainty, business development, planning and management and UKPR’s commitments as a local employer – all aspects that will support his work as the Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Skills and Employment.


Commenting on the visit Nic Dakin MP said: 
“It has been such a fascinating and incredibly beneficial day, I enjoyed learning a great deal about UKPR’s distributive nature within the electricity sector. I would like to thank UK Power Reserve and the IPT for organising such an insightful visit. This is my first visit for my IPT Fellowship and I am looking forward to undertaking further interesting visits.”

 
Tim Emrich, CEO and Co-founder of UKPR, added:
“It was a pleasure to show Nic around our headquarters in Solihull and to highlight our role at the forefront of the low carbon, flexible energy system of the future. The way we create and use energy is changing and it is important to provide Parliamentarians with a real-life example of a successful energy business that is disrupting the traditional utility model. I’d also like to thank the Industry and Parliament Trust for their role in organising this visit and providing parliamentarians a way to better understand businesses across a range of sectors.”

Nic Dakin MP Accelerates Around UKPR HQ

Nic Dakin, MP for Scunthorpe kicks off his IPT Fellowship with a visit to the UK Power Reserve (UKPR) headquarters in Solihull, Birmingham on Thursday 7 December. The visit takes...

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I am looking for a full time Parliamentary Assistant to join my staff team.  They will be based in Westminster whilst the rest of the team are based in Scunthorpe.  Liaising and working with the rest of the team to deliver strong outcomes will be central to the role, which will include managing my diary, contributing significantly to the social media presence including website, project work and administration.

I welcome all applications for this post including from those seeking flexible working arrangements, such as term time only.

 

Job Title: Parliamentary Assistant in Nic Dakin MP’s Office

Location: Westminster Office

Salary: In line with IPSA pay scales £24,000 – £28,000, depending on experience

 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Diary Management
  • Project Management
  • Manage the website
  • Respond to social media comments and queries
  • Prepare media briefings, monitor media and brief the MP on relevant issues
  • Analyse, evaluate and interpret data to ensure the MP is accurately informed on key issues
  • Ensure the MP is fully briefed on potential questions and motions to be put to the house
  • Prepare and present briefing notes for committees, press releases, parliamentary questions
  • Undertake research, usually from readily available sources, on straightforward subjects
  • Progress casework as required
  • Provide generalist administrative support
  • Supervise interns, work placements and volunteers where appropriate
  • Ensure records are kept and information managed confidentially in line with Data Protection Act

 The role will be suitable for someone who is:

  • Able to work independently and keep to tight deadlines
  • Highly organised with good attention to detail
  • Has strong written and spoken communication skills
  • Able to prioritise tasks and be flexible in responding to changing circumstances
  • Sympathetic to Labour Party values
  • Very good IT skills

Experience of the following would be desirable but not essential:

  • Some experience of parliament
  • Experience of campaigns
  • Knowledge of casework databases like caseworker.mp and nationbuilder
  • Using social media as a communication tool
  • Establishing and managing relationships with stakeholders and/or the media

  

Closing date: 9am on Thursday 30th November, 2017

Interviews: Provisionally planned for 5th and 6th December, 2017

Start date: 8th January or as soon as possible thereafter

 

Application details:

Please send a letter of application explaining why you would like to be the Parliamentary Assistant to Scunthorpe County’s MP  and what you would bring to the role in no more than 2 sides of A4 plus your Curriculum Vitae including the names and contact details of two referees to lawrence.rayner@parliament.uk with ‘Parliamentary Assistant’ in the subject line. 

 

We will acknowledge all applications received by return email.

 

I'm looking for a new Parliamentary Assistant

I am looking for a full time Parliamentary Assistant to join my staff team.  They will be based in Westminster whilst the rest of the team are based in Scunthorpe. ...

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