Nic Dakin MP

Standing up for Local People

My diary for w/e 29th January

Trump_small.jpgPerhaps the new US President should have attended the very moving Holocaust Memorial Day service at Scunthorpe Civic Centre where young and old reminded us of the lessons of that terrible time.  It is ironic that the President should choose that very day to issue his order against Muslims with its strong echo of Nazi Germany's orders against the Jews.  Having visited Auschwitz-Birkenau with local sixth formers I was deeply moved by the horrors that place has witnessed.  We should follow Churchill's example - stand up to bullies, not appease them.

 The contribution of local school children in the service was particularly powerful.  Looking round St Peter and St Paul Primary School I was further reminded of how brilliant our young people are.  There were such a lot of exciting things going on!  The School Council put me on the spot with carefully researched questions to ask me about my job! 

 Back in Westminster it was good that Steel MPs were able to publish our steel strategy on the day that Government published its Industrial Strategy Green Paper.  In answer to my question the Business Secretary indicated that steel was well placed to gain a sector deal from the Government.  Investment is skills is likely to be an important ingredient of any such deal and that was the focus of the Skills and Employment meeting that I chaired, attended by the Skills Minister.

 Last week also saw the start of our All Party Group's enquiry into the situation regarding progress in early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, in a week when we learnt of the sad death of Sir John Hurt from this awful disease. 

 It's always good to see local people getting recognised for the outstanding work they do so it was good to gather in Speaker's House for the Contact a Family Awards where Fiona Beard was shortlisted for her fantastic work with other parent carers developing parent power. 

 And while we are celebrating success it was great to be at Glanford Park for Scunthorpe's thrilling 3-2 win and see them climb back to the top of League 1.  Up The Iron!

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