Nic Dakin

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Young People

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It’s been a fair few weeks since I last came into the office, due to all my college deadlines falling within the same few days. Sadly, with my exams all falling soon, my posts will be less frequent also. One of the most exciting things happening for me at the current time is preparation for university, where I have accepted an unconditional offer to study British Politics and Legislative Studies at the University of Hull- a course with a year working within Parliament. To be able to work within Parliament, for any period of time, is surreal and to have the chance to spend a year working there is something I am eagerly anticipating. The course gives the students a choice of who they wish to be with, from those who are interested, which includes backbench MPs, Cabinet Ministers, Shadow Cabinet Ministers and even members of the House of Lords. For me, this year will be 2020 which will make the time even more intriguing as this will also be the next General Election. This is something that I would not have achieved without the skills and experiences that I’ve gained from my time in Nic’s office so far.

Despite A-Level results not mattering to the university, when you have an unconditional offer, it is extremely important that you still do the best that you can. A-Level results are something that will stay with you for life! It is with this in mind, that I am resitting some exams from my first year of college alongside spending my free time revising.

I’ve also been carrying out a wide range of political reading, both to further my knowledge and to prepare myself for university. The books I’ve been reading have given me insight into many political theories and the realities and impacts politics has on the world- with some giving me insight into subjects I was very unaware of. For example I am currently reading about geopolitics- which is the effect of geography on politics. There are very interesting areas, which will also give me more knowledge that I could use within my A-Level exams. Inspired by studying an extended project, I’ve also been carrying out in detail research into areas that I haven’t considered before.

I’ve also been planning my next trip to Parliament, where I’m aiming to go shortly after my exams are completed! What a great way to end such a stressful period of time.

 

Jessica's Blog: The Last Two Weeks

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Hello, I'm Eddie and have been working at Nic's office every Friday for a few weeks now and this week i did some research into the governments attempt to use laws from Henry VIII

The Governments new aims with Brexit could be construed as an attempt  to use Henry VIII clauses to short cut their way through a full parliament. The most recent problem with Brexit is the how to incorporate EU laws into UK laws while deciding on how to fix the lack of compatibility, like for example laws that refer to agencies we would no longer be a part of. This would be the biggest law making project in UK history. So the government aims to circumvent this by the using the Henry VIII Proclamations 1539 which allowed the king to make whatever he said into law and the government wants to use this to allow ministers to implement EU laws without full parliament scrutiny. This can be seen as executive power grab and puts into question who would be held accountable if more problems where to arise from this bill.   

Eddie's Blog

Hello, I'm Eddie and have been working at Nic's office every Friday for a few weeks now and this week i did some research into the governments attempt to use...

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It has been a while since I last had the chance to update my blog, a few months in fact, due to a combination of other tasks and days in college.

In less than a month it will mark a year since I first came to Nic’s office and since then I’ve done so much. Not only have I developed my research skills, confidence and phone skills etc. but I’ve attended training courses and even been registered on the Parliamentary Network with my own Parliamentary email. These skills have also helped me in my college work and my extended project.

I am now in my second year of college, with my A-level exams fast approaching (and a trip to Westminster being planned to celebrate the end of exams alongside gaining more experience.) In my spare time I’ve been doing a lot of political reading, focusing on political theories and the European Union to complement both my college work and what has been in the media recently. 

One major event for me recently is university and the choice of where to study. I applied for a degree in politics and have successfully received five offers for this, with one including a year working inside Parliament. I strongly believe that without the skills and experience I have gained in my time in Nic’s office so far, this wouldn’t have occurred.

I have also been considering my future prospects, after completion of my degree. I currently have many ideas flying around though all I’ve managed to decide so far is that I intend to work within politics.

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  It has been a while since I last had the chance to update my blog, a few months in fact, due to a combination of other tasks and days...

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A whip is key to the organisation and communication of Parliament, ensuring MPs know when to vote and in which way for the benefit of their Party. It is their job to inform Members of upcoming votes, showing the importance of the matter with a line system, ranging from one to a three line whip which is a major vote whereby missing it can lead to an MP’s effective expulsion. The whip also serves the MP as a resource to provide guidance on the progress of a matter for optimum time management.

This peculiar term is thought to originate from the 18th century and the hunting role of ‘a whipper-in’ so hounds wouldn’t stray. It enabled the government to see which way their MPs were voting, and adjust their privileges accordingly. Yet it remains a vital role, ensuring MPs are accountable for their time, voting is well attended and correctly counted. It is good news for us as constituents. The confidentiality of the role means whips get priority access to Ministers about constituency matters. 

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Earlier this week, Nic led a debate in Parliament on the topic of teaching mindfulness in schools.

A lot of people suffer from mental health disorders while they are in school. In fact around one in ten people aged 5-16 are suffering from a mental health disorder. This works out at around three people in each class. Depression figures have doubled since the 1980’s showing that showing that problems with mental health is increasing. In fact figures show around half of people who suffer mental health issues as a child, find themselves suffering again as an adult.

Mindfulness can be as simple as sitting down in a quiet space, closing your eyes and focusing on your breathing. This could be done for a few minutes or for a longer time. You can either focus on your breathing or focus on what you are feeling. Another form of mindfulness is to do an ordinary task but to focus on what all of your senses are feeling at the time and any thoughts that come to mind- instead of other thoughts such as planning your shopping list.

Ways that schools could bring mindfulness into school could be by PSHE, role play sessions in drama lessons or even by running yoga sessions- either as part of the school day or even in physical education lessons.

There are some studies that have shown that mindfulness is very effective at reducing depression, anxiety and stress. Young people can suffer from lots of stress from exams, friends and all types of things which makes mindfulness a very good thing to be able to do.

The evidence that we have seen from studies shows that there is a strong case for mindfulness to be up scaled in schools.

 

Jessica's Blog: Mindfulness in Schools

Earlier this week, Nic led a debate in Parliament on the topic of teaching mindfulness in schools. A lot of people suffer from mental health disorders while they are in...

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