Nic Dakin MP

Standing up for Local People

My diary for w/e 1st May

leicester.JPGMy boyhood support for Leicester City has been rather eclipsed in recent years by my support for Scunthorpe United. That's right and proper but I think it's right and proper today to celebrate Leicester's fantastic success.

 Having cheered the Iron on to victory over Port Vale I'm hopeful Graham Alexander's team will be inspired to clinch the last play-off place on Sunday with victory at Bramall Lane.

 Sheffield's other football stadium has been in the news this week with the Hillsborough jury's verdict. The statement in the Commons moved many MPs to tears as justice for the 96 fans killed in our worst football disaster was finally realised. It is disgraceful that it has taken 27 years and understandable that there are calls for those responsible for the tragedy and subsequent cover up to be brought to account. Joining the very moving Workers' Memorial Day commemoration at Scunthorpe Baptist Church was a poignant reminder of the tragedies inflicted over the years by accidents at work.

 Meanwhile the Conservative Government is presiding over chaos in our schools whilst pressing ahead with unwanted and unneeded forced academisation of good and outstanding schools, something I made very clear at Education Questions. I was able to elaborate further in this when I spoke to students at Leeds University.  

 And the Tories are presiding over the first ever doctors' strike. Surely it's time for the Health Secretary to adopt a more conciliatory tone and seize one of the many cross-party initiatives to find a way out of the dispute in the interests of patients.

 In the light of the significant concerns raised by the recent CQC inspection of our hospital I met with both North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group and North Lincolnshire and Goole Hospital Trust to find out more about what is being done to tackle the issues across our health service locally so that we all get the service we rightly expect and deserve. This is now a major priority for my attention, challenge and support. But I'm not neglecting steel!!  Steel MPs met again with TATA and the trade unions to be updated on issues and ensure we are putting maximum pressure on the Government to deliver on its promises to support our vital steel industry.

 camp.JPGI also dropped into the fantastic Lincolnshire House who are celebrating their 50 years anniversary. The Bridge Hotel shared their exciting plans for the future with me at their relaunch. But one of the highlights of the week for me was dropping in to Primrose Camp to see scouts and guides enjoying a fantastic local jamboree - PromJam II.

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