Nic Dakin MP

Standing up for Local People

My Diary Week Ending 17th June 2018

My Diary Week Ending 17th June 2018
 
It was like running a marathon again! Voting and voting and voting. On the snappily titled EU withdrawal bill! We had 20 votes, 19 of them in two consecutive bursts of voting taking well over 5 hours just to vote! I acted as a teller for the last run of 8 votes. Losing 20 votes in a row could be dispiriting but this is about the future of our country. It is parliament trying to help the government get our future relationship with the European Union outside the club right. It will affect everyone, impacting on jobs and livelihoods. If we mess up we will mess people's lives up. And nobody will thank us for that.
 
People voted to come out not lose out. That's why I support staying in a Customs Union that will benefit manufacturing areas like ours and largely address the problem of the Northern Irish border, as well as having the best possible access to the Single Market without accepting free movement of people.
 
Putting 25% tariffs on steel shows how unreliable the United States - our second biggest trade partner after the EU - is at the moment, exposing the weakness of the argument that it will be easy to do trade deals in the future. I called on the Prime Minister to commit to defending our steel industry against this unacceptable US protectionism.
 
I also asked for confirmation that the Government will come to its senses and let the 14 doctors appointed to our local hospital get their visas and come in and help improve our hospital's performance. It's absurd that the Government should be forcing the Hospital Trust to pay more out on extortionate costs for agency staff when more secure staffing has been finally recruited.
 
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Locally it was fantastic to get updated on how things are going at Nisa since their link up with the Co-op (see picture above). I am always amazed by the fantastic systems in place to ensure deliveries across the vast network of independent grocery stores we have in the UK. And the warehouse was awesome in its size and scale with staff efficiently and effectively managing stock movements. All in all very impressive! Making a difference locally is Nisa's strap line and they are very proud of the charitable giving that they do.
 
So they would have been delighted to see the fantastic celebration of giving organised by the three local rotary clubs (Rotary Club of Scunthorpe, Rotary Club of Scunthorpe Pentagon and Rotary Club of Brigg) at an event held at Heslam Park to celebrate the success of Scunthorpe Rotary.
 
So many local causes benefited from the fundraising efforts in this very first very, successful Swimarathon held in March at The Pods. Big well done to everyone.
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Finally it was fantastic to see so many people enjoying the fabulous Cadney and Howsham Open Gardens (pictured above) on Sunday.
 
There were some great scarecrows as well! (see pictures below).
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