Nic Dakin MP

Standing up for Local People

My diary for w/e 13th November

remembrance_small.jpgI think there were more crowds than ever on the march from the Baths Hall to the War Memorial for our day of Remembrance, a century on from the Battle of the Somme. 

 We honoured Scunthorpe born Romany soldier John Cunningham who won his Victoria Cross exactly a year ago to the day.  It was that very same VC that led this year's procession and took its place alongside the wreaths of remembrance after a plaque to his memory had been unveiled. 

 It was good to see so many young people taking part in the service - a tribute to the great work local volunteers do supporting cadets, scouts, guides and other youth organisations locally. 

 I visited Melior Academy as the school paused for the two minute silence.  Those students in local cadet groups wore their uniforms in tribute.  I was impressed by the enthusiasm of students and the commitment of staff. 

 Another group of young people who've shown huge commitment were those getting their certificates for their study of the Quran at Jamia Mosque. 

 I met with local restaurant owners concerned about pressures on their businesses as it has become increasingly difficult to recruit curry chefs.  Our Asian restaurants are of an extremely high quality and a significant part of our local economy.  Farming is another key sector locally so it was good to catch up with them for a regular update meeting with the NFU held at the Pink Pig - another excellent example of a successful small business. 

 I've had over 1000 nominations from local people for over a hundred small businesses in my competition for Small Business Saturday.  Shortlisting was a massive challenge! 

 Community pharmacies are a group of small businesses facing particular challenges as the Conservative Government changes the way it funds them.  I met with Community Pharmacy Humber to learn more about how this is likely to impact locally. 

 It was good to visit Richden Park Care Home and see how the care sector is responding to the changing needs of people.  I dropped into a busy Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire AGM, caught up with the new Chair of the Hospital Trust and heard directly from Chatterton Court residents about the problems they are experiencing with parking.  

 I kept steel on the agenda by asking the Business Secretary what support he intends to give for research and development in the steel industry.  Finally I joined a front line police officer for 4 hours of his shift.  I was hugely impressed by the variety of work he and his colleagues are doing and their sheer passion and professionalism.  It was a privilege to see how hard they work to keep us safe and secure.


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