Nic Dakin MP

Standing up for Local People

My diary w/e 6th December

syria_vote.jpgLast week was dominated by the vote on whether or not to extend the UK's involvement in airstrikes against Daesh into Syria.

I voted against but parliament decided in favour. It's now important everyone gets behind our brave forces involved directly in this action. Whatever our views we must hope - now it's happening - that it will reduce the risk from Daesh and hasten peace for the region.

I've been saddened by the aggression of some people, claiming to be against war, towards people they disagree with. Rather ironic!! It would be good if they practiced what they preached!!!  It's inevitable that there are real tensions when passions run high but we should be proud of working through our differences in a democratic way.

It was great to see Labour's excellent candidate comfortably win the Oldham West and Royton by-election. Something of a vote of confidence in Labour at the end of a difficult week. 

I spoke at a conference on the gathering crisis of teacher supply; an issue I was pleased to see Sir Michael Wilshaw highlight in his Chief Inspector's Annual Report and something we pushed the Education Secretary on at Education Questions.

I took part in a debate on unfairness of the impact of the Government's pension changes on women born in the 1950s. We won the argument but I'm not sure the Conservatives are listening! 

Finally I've discussed my concerns about the recent inspection of Humberside Police with the Chief Constable and asked for action to be taken to reassure high street retailers that the police will act on the antisocial behaviour they've been experiencing recently.

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