Nic Dakin MP

Standing up for Local People

My diary w/e 7th February

Dong.jpgThe announcement that Dong Energy has won the contract to develop the Hornsea Project One site for renewable energy in the North Sea ought to be good news for northern Lincolnshire.  It's a great opportunity for the government to show it's serious about UK Steel being used to government contracts such as this.   UK tax payers and UK energy bill payer’s cash should be used to buy UK steel for developments like this, creating UK jobs. 

That's pretty much the point I made in questions to both the Business Secretary and the Leader of the House.  Not sure that they totally get it, so I will keep banging on about it. 

For someone who promised to stop 'banging on' about Europe the PM has spent a lot of time on that very subject!  It won't be long before we are into full blown referendum campaigns for "in' and 'Out'.  It will be interesting to hear what local people and businesses think.  Europe needs to change.  That's certain.  But to leave is a big leap into the unknown - a massive gamble with jobs and livelihoods! 

It's been a busy day on the Education front with the Labour team taking time out to think through our current priorities.  The twin crises in teacher supply and school places remain a strong focus - both things we might yet get government to act on before it's too late. 

I spoke at the Cooperative Schools' Network and the Young Fabians and dropped into the AoC Student of the Year Awards and St Mary's University reception. 

I took part in an important debate where MPs cross party put pressure on the government to act to put right the pensions injustice being experienced by women born in the 1950s as a result of recent changes.  Women Against State Pension Injustice have done a great campaigning job on this issue.  Ironically we have a Pensions Minister who campaigned to right this wrong when she was Chief Executive of Saga and is now the biggest defender of the wrong.  Hey ho! 

I chaired a meeting of the All-Party Cancer Groups on the future of the Cancer Drugs Fund which had very informative contributions from NICE, CDF, charities and patients. 

Back in Scunthorpe I met with Humberside's Assistant Chief Constable sharing the concerns constituents have raised with me over recent months.  I then met with North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group about a range of matters including, asking what they are doing to address the weaknesses highlighted in the recent inspection of the Mental Health Trust, RDaSH. 

Finally I was pleased to hear of positive progress on a range of issues at the Steel Task Force.  Everyone recognises, however, there is still much to do!

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