Nic Dakin MP

Standing up for Local People

My diary for w/e 20th March

osborne.pngI can't remember a Budget unravelling as fast as this one has.  On Wednesday Chancellor Osborne strutted about commanding all before him in a bravado performance - a triumph of style over substance.  A Budget that appeared to do nothing for steelworkers despite the pre-budget speculation with no move to equalise the playing field on business rates or anything else. 

On schools the Tories announced the completely mad ideological move to force all schools to become academies whatever local parents or the community wants.  And they also announced they are scrapping parent governors - more evidence they don't trust the very people who have the largest stake in their children's schools! 

But what seems to have taken the biscuit is the Chancellor's decision to cut support for disabled people whilst giving the well-heeled extra tax cuts!  It was too much for The Work and Pensions Secretary who spectacularly resigned on Friday exposing the huge divisions in the Conservative Party as well as their dishonesty at the last election! 

One person who wouldn't have been surprised at this turn of events is Fred Kirk.  When I first met Fred he told me he was known as Red Fred and proceeded to demonstrate the values of supporting others that he'd shown all his life.  A wonderful family man who cared so much about our community; it was a privilege to join family and friends to say farewell to a great comrade as he was laid to rest at Scunthorpe Crematorium. 

It was also a busy week for me speaking at various events.  I responded for the Labour Opposition to a welcome Commons debate on the negative impact of making even more youngsters do the EBacc on the teaching of Design Technology. It's ridiculous to hamstring our ability to produce creative technologists and designers in this way just because of an ideological Tory target when there is no evidence it will be beneficial to anyone! 

I then spoke at a conference of senior college managers giving an overview of the significant challenges facing the sector. I also took part in meetings of the Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer All Party Groups and met with the National Association of Teachers of English. 

Finally, a highlight of the week was meeting up with local Sea Cadet leaders at an event celebrating the great work Cadet Forces do across the country.

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