Nic Dakin MP

Standing up for Local People

My diary for w/e 12th February

careers_small.jpgMost people agree that Careers Education isn't as consistently good as we would like, despite some excellent work in many schools and colleges.  I was pleased the Skills Minister agreed with me when I asked him for schools to be placed under a duty to allow colleges and other post-16 providers to go in and speak to pupils about what's on offer locally. 

North Lindsey College students told me about their school experience, confirming that access to information is patchy to say the least. I will use their experience to support the arguments I'm making in a few weeks’ time in the ten minute rule bill I'm putting forward to try to improve the situation. 

The Skills Minister was impressed with the local Early Years' Apprentice I took to see him so he could learn how recent changes to requirements have made it more difficult for some excellent students to progress in their chosen profession through no fault of their own.  I hope that, as a result of our meeting, he will make the changes necessary to ensure that great talent is not prevented from realising its potential. 

I was proud to present the petition from local people concerned about the future of Westcliffe Post Office.  It was good to get a written commitment from the Post Office saying they will do what they can.  And I had a very good meeting with Brumby Councillor Len Foster and Ongo who are working hard to find a solution. 

I spent part of Friday morning at Scunthorpe A&E observing what was going on and hearing from staff about the challenges they are facing.  One thing's for certain there are some fantastic professionals doing their very best for us.  But the system is creaking under this Conservative Government's watch.  After being in denial for so long it was good to hear the Health Secretary finally admit that we are facing a crisis in our A&E departments.  Now it's time for him to do something about it! 

I chaired a further busy meeting of our enquiry into early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and I rather stumped the Health Minister when I asked when the Government intends to publish its response to the medicines Accelerated Access Review. 

Another person stumped by my question was the Cabinet Office Minister who was unable to tell the House of Commons when the Government will be publishing departmental performance in the percentage of UK steel in their procurement. 

In other news the Government agreed that Parliament will vote on the draft deal with the EU before the Bill to trigger Article 50 passed by large majority as it moves into the House of Lords for their consideration. 

It was good to support colleagues arguing for better Football Association governance and to speak up once again for justice for the WASPI women, whose pensions have been badly affected by Government changes.

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