Nic Dakin MP

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My Scunthorpe Telegraph Article

Well the presents are unwrapped, the turkey’s all gone and the guests have departed.   

As 2016 nears its end there’s time to pause and reflect. 

Here are some of my highlights and lowlights...

Being Shadow Schools Minister and putting Labour's case for better deal for our young people.  Visiting schools, speaking at events, holding the government on education policy, stopping them from forcing all schools to become academies whether it was necessary or wanted. 


Getting to know the great local Women Against State Pension Inequality group and championing their cause for a fairer pension deal. 

Standing up for Steel alongside steelworkers and steelmakers with the fantastic news in June of the British Steel brand coming home to Scunthorpe. 

Seeing work start on developing Westcliffe Precinct.  There was real optimism about this when I dropped in to the food parcel distribution taking place at Westcliff Drop In centre just before Christmas. 

Visiting great local businesses large and small from Scunthorpe High Street to award winning businesses like ESM Power, Hornsbys and Trent Refractory and the fantastic businesses that came to the fore in my Small Business Saturday competition where over 1000 people nominated over 100 local small businesses for the great work they do.

My visit to Palestine in February, including going to Bethlehem where all the events of the nativity took place, gaining a much better understanding of the plight of the Palestinian people and the huge problems of the Middle East. 

Celebrating my Dad's 90th birthday in April just days before the Queen celebrated hers. 


Seeing my boyhood football team Leicester City win the Premier League.  Thankfully they seem to have passed on their winning ways to Scunthorpe United who go into New Year’s Eve top of League One. 

Seeing Labour's Keith Hunter win the election to become Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner. 

Supporting local people in the fight to save the Queensway Playing Fields. 

My friend and colleague Jo Cox's murder and the awful shadow that has cast over our politics.  The one thing I wish for in 2017 is that the British people reject the corrosive, nasty politics of hate and we work together with integrity and hope to build a better future. 

The EU Referendum result and the political upheaval of the summer including my resignation from the Labour Front Bench only to later return to serve in the Whips' Office. This presents all of us the biggest challenge for the next few years – to achieve the best possible relationship with the European Union and the rest of the world that maximises opportunities. 

Passionately campaigning on pancreatic cancer throughout the year culminating in chairing the Britain Against Cancer conference in December and leading a debate in Parliament about the Cancer Strategy: One Year On. 


My youngest daughter's wedding in one of our many fantastic local wedding venues and having to make my most important speech of the year as Father of the Bride. 

Happy New Year to all Scunthorpe Telegraph readers! 


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