Nic Dakin MP

Standing up for Local People

My diary w/e 25th September

berlin-wall1.gifThe early part of the week I was on a cross-party parliamentary visit to Berlin which had us going from place to place, meeting to meeting in short order!  We listened to entrepreneurs, government officials and politicians. 

Their message on Brexit was consistent: they were sorry the UK is leaving the EU but respected the decision of the British people, they valued the relationship with the UK and were keen to continue to have a very positive relationship into the future.  They were waiting to see what the UK wanted and then would respond to it.  But when asked about risk to Germany of Britain leaving their overriding concern was the integrity of the EU and its success for the remaining 27 countries. 

There were reminders of Berlin's difficult past with the monument to those killed in the Holocaust and the remnants of the Wall that divided East from West.  A reminder of how hard won Germany's freedom, peace and prosperity has been. 

Back in Scunthorpe it was fitting that I was able to join civic leaders and members of our faith communities for a commemoration of International Peace Day.  Children from St Bernadette's, Scunthorpe Church of England, St Augustine Webster and Winterton Juniors gave moving recitals.  A reminder of how these lessons of the past need to fashion the future.

I'm hoping, with the result of Labour's leadership election, peace will break out amongst the comrades as we have our annual conference in Liverpool!

I visited Fluent Coaching and learnt more about the excellent work they do with local schools, businesses and other organisations.  And I popped into Athwal's Spa Shop on Scotter Road to learn more about small retailers' concerns that the proposed sugar tax might damage their businesses. 

It was great to visit two fantastic schools - Grange Primary and Kirton-in-Lindsey Primary - and hear about the great work children and staff are doing.  I was in Kirton too for the annual Civic Service which appropriately took as its theme tolerance and including everybody in the community. 

Finally I was really privileged to present the graduation certificates to around 200 fantastic young people who had completed their National Citizens' Service this summer at a brilliant Awards Ceremony held in our magnificent Baths Hall  


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