Nic Dakin

Standing up for Local People

Declan's blog 21/06/2016

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Yesterday I shadowed Nic from 10-2. I found out how busy a life MPs live, but also how rewarding the job can be, for instance first we went to an adult education class and then to a faith group coffee morning. It was interesting to see people in the local communities and how they reacted to the issues of the EU and steel industry and also good to see how people help to benefit others in the community.

In the afternoon we met steel and ex-steel workers and discussed the problems with the payment protection fund (PPF) and how it would affect the pensioners if they had to enter it. The pensioners asked multiple questions and raised a series of issues which helped me make a decision on my views of the matter.

After this we went campaigning by knocking on doors and handing leaflets out to the people of Scunthorpe. We were campaigning for remaining in the EU because we believe it is much more beneficial to remain then leave. It was good to see the range of views about such a controversial issue and their reasons for doing so.

I enjoyed the day because it showed me a new side to the world of politics and how it can affect people for the better and sometimes the worse. This has given me a huge insight in the career I hope to pursue and what the job consists of.

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