Nic Dakin MP

Standing up for Local People

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Emily.jpgHi, my name is Emily and I’m 17. I have just finished my first year at John Leggott College having completed AS levels in Sociology, Religious Studies, History and Politics. I would love to do a degree in Theology when I leave college. Besides having an interest in politics and current affairs I also love to read, play the guitar and sing; sometimes I even do all three at once whilst reading the news.

Although I am in Nic’s office for one week only I am hoping to develop my communication, articulation and written skills whilst here by publishing different articles throughout the week. This will also help me with my current politics studies. Being here for the week will give me valuable work experience to place on my University application and allows potential future employers to know I have had experience of working in a professional environment.

Although I have no plans to enter into a political career I am positive that this placement will give me the confidence I need to enter into any career avenue that I wish to pursue. Considering politics impacts on the lives of so many and intertwines within so many professions I am certain my time here shall be of topmost value to help me on my way within any pathway I choose.

Tuesday 12th July 2016

Yesterday was a fantastic way to start my week working at Nic Dakin’s office. After having an introduction to the office and a brief overview of what I’d be doing here I was set straight to work to publish the diary Nic had written for the week ending 10th July. I learnt what an ordinary week as an MP looked like and was amazed at just how busy his week had been.

Soon after, I published my introduction on Nic’s blog alongside other young people who have worked here previously and I learnt how to post on several different social networking platforms. A lot of work goes into ensuring every website is kept up to date with current events by Nic and the staff in his office.

I also learnt how to use parliament’s intranet; an extremely useful resource for everything I would need to know throughout my time here. I learnt how to book a tour of parliament, find the latest statistics on socio-economic factors, which MP’s represented which constituencies and much more.

At lunchtime the news came in that Andrea Leadsom had pulled out of the Conservative leadership bid leaving Theresa May uncontested for the job of the Prime Minister. How politics can change within such a short space of time!

To finish my work for the day I was set to research some answers to constituent’s emails regarding some inquiries they had. Hopefully Nic was satisfied with what I had found.

Overall, an interesting day at the office which gave me some insight in to what it is really like trying to keep up with the world of politics and the service Nic provides to his constituents. More to come soon.

 

Wednesday 13th July

Another day in the office and another update to my blog!

Tuesday was a very interesting day and a very valuable one at that. After updating my blog for Monday I began to research the highly topical issue surrounding children being taken out of school on term time holidays for Nic. This would give him the opportunity to reply to some constituents and cabinet members including Nicky Morgan herself (although looking back now it isn’t so necessary anymore…Bye Nicky!) The issue itself is a very complicated one and a broad spectrum of opinions had to be taken into account. Head teachers, parents, the local council and the government all view the topic in a slightly different way so I had to ensure my research was very detailed to get the necessary information I needed.

As the afternoon approached I was set to work on publishing a Facebook post that Nic had sent in. The post highlighted the fantastic work that Nic has been doing supporting local businesses in the area and encouraging schools and Universities to keep a broad and rich curriculum as an integral part of their institutions. It is imperative that students have access to a wide range of subjects, both within the arts and the sciences, to ensure that they develop a wide skill set but more importantly that they genuinely enjoy their education and come out of it with a sense of encouragement, direction and ambition.

To finish of the day I navigated around parliament’s intranet to find a few more answers to a quiz I had been set and before I knew it my day at the office had finished.

More to come soon. 

 

Thursday 14th July 

Another day in the office and another update to my blog! Tuesday was a very interesting day and a very valuable one at that. After updating my blog for Monday I began to research the highly topical issue surrounding children being taken out of school on term time holidays for Nic to reply to some constituents and cabinet members including Nicky Morgan herself ( although looking back now it isn’t so necessary anymore…Bye Nicky!) The issue itself is a very complicated one and a broad spectrum of opinions had to be taken into account. Head teachers, parents, the community, the local council and the government all view the topic in a slightly different way so I had to ensure my research was detailed to get the necessary information I needed.

As the afternoon approached I was set to work on publishing a Facebook post that Nic had sent in. The post highlighted the fantastic work that Nic has been doing supporting local businesses in the area and encouraging schools and Universities to keep a broad and rich curriculum as an integral part of their institutions. It is imperative that students have access to a wide range of subjects, both within the arts and the sciences, to ensure that they develop a wide skill set but more importantly that they genuinely enjoy their education and come out of it with a sense of encouragement, direction and ambition.

To finish of the day I navigated around parliament’s intranet to find a few more answers to a quiz I had been set and before I knew it my day at the office had finished.

More to come soon. 

 

Friday 15th July 

What a lively day to finish my week at Nic’s office! Today has mainly consisted of me sitting in on Nic’s surgery with various different constituents and seeing how an MP like Nic deals with a plethora of different issues. As an MP it is one of Nic’s duties to ensure that he gives time to listen, respond and take action further to help his constituents in whatever way he possibly can.

MPs live extraordinarily busy lives so it is incredibly important that time is given to constituents to discuss any problems they may have. Watching Nic interact with many different constituents today really made me appreciate even just a small part of what he does.

Overall, I have had an absolutely fantastic week doing work experience at Nic Dakin’s office and would certainly love to return. I have developed some important skills this week which I know will be extremely useful for the future. I would like to thank Nic and everybody in the office for giving me the opportunity to come in this week. 

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