Nic Dakin

Standing up for Local People

My diary w/e 29th November

tornado.jpgWhatever your views I think you'll agree that last week was dominated by two political events: the Autumn Statement and the momentum towards making a decision whether or not the UK should participate in airstrikes against Daesh/ISIL in Syria.   

On the first the government did a huge u-turn with a welcome reverse to the cuts in tax credits and police funding they had been threatening.  There will still be a lot of pain for people in what they are going to do with huge cuts in council services and hikes in council tax planned.  And, despite the rhetoric, there was nothing new for the steel industry.  All the Chancellor gave us was warm words.  So we need to keep the pressure on.  That's why I asked the Leader of the House for a statement from the Business Secretary on the outcome from the working groups he set up at the Steel Summit.   

The PM made a strong case for the UK to join coalition forces in airstrikes against Daesh in Syria.  But I remain unconvinced!  There remain weaknesses in my view in terms of the resilience of the Vienna peace process and a clarity about who would provide the ground forces that the UK action would be supporting.  We need better answers to these questions. This is one of the most difficult decisions MPs have to make and I hope people will respect that fact.  All emails on this and other issues are welcome but some have been more threatening in tone than I think is helpful to the political process.  

I've been out and about this week which is rather unusual, speaking at a conference in Cambridge about Access to Higher Education courses and speaking in Norwich to the Pancreatic Society of Great Britain and Northern Ireland about the work the All Party Group has been doing on pancreatic cancer.  

I visited Heathrow Airport - one of the biggest sources of jobs in the UK - to learn about their apprenticeship and training schemes.  And I was a guest of the NUT for the Youth Proms at the Albert Hall - a reminder of the how talented people are!   

Back in Scunthorpe I witnessed the Iron's woeful display against Peterborough and enjoyed seeing Spectre at our fantastic Vue Cinema, the plot of which eerily rehearsed some of the challenges facing our decision making around airstrikes!

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