Nic Dakin MP

Standing up for Local People

Young People

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Yesterday I shadowed Nic from 10-2. I found out how busy a life MPs live, but also how rewarding the job can be, for instance first we went to an adult education class and then to a faith group coffee morning. It was interesting to see people in the local communities and how they reacted to the issues of the EU and steel industry and also good to see how people help to benefit others in the community.

In the afternoon we met steel and ex-steel workers and discussed the problems with the payment protection fund (PPF) and how it would affect the pensioners if they had to enter it. The pensioners asked multiple questions and raised a series of issues which helped me make a decision on my views of the matter.

After this we went campaigning by knocking on doors and handing leaflets out to the people of Scunthorpe. We were campaigning for remaining in the EU because we believe it is much more beneficial to remain then leave. It was good to see the range of views about such a controversial issue and their reasons for doing so.

I enjoyed the day because it showed me a new side to the world of politics and how it can affect people for the better and sometimes the worse. This has given me a huge insight in the career I hope to pursue and what the job consists of.

Declan's blog 21/06/2016

            Yesterday I shadowed Nic from 10-2. I found out how busy a life MPs live, but also how rewarding the job can be, for instance...

IMG_8601.JPGI am 15 and live in Scunthorpe. I am an active member of the community playing rugby for Scunthorpe RUFC and doing multiple sports within Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire. When I finish college I hope to go to university and study politics in an attempt to one day become an MP for labour.

I came to Nic Dakin’s office for work experience because I have a huge interest in politics and my future. I am interested in politics as the decisions made will affect my generation because when people like me have finished school and college and start university/apprenticeships ect.

We have to live with today’s decisions e.g this week’s EU referendum. I believe it would be beneficial staying in Europe as economic uncertainty is predicted if we leave which could cause another recession. This for me as a student would make a hard time financially even worse and leave me with near to no money and lots of debt coming out of university. This with the lack of jobs available would make it a huge struggle for all students to cope when they have finished their courses and have to face the world of work.

Declan's blog 20th June

I am 15 and live in Scunthorpe. I am an active member of the community playing rugby for Scunthorpe RUFC and doing multiple sports within Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire. When...

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Today, I spent a full day working in Nic’s office, undertaking a variety of tasks. I spent part of my morning filling in an extremely detailed security form due to my upcoming trip to work in Nic’s Parliament office next month. The form was extremely detailed which is necessary to ensure each person is working inside Parliament has been fully vetted for maximum security. Questions I had to answer included the exact towns that relatives were born in and others that did admittedly cause multiple messages to be sent to people asking for information. This form means that I will be able to have a pass when I visit so I will be able to go places without a pass holder having to escort me everywhere. Whilst I was filling this in, my hotel and trains for the visit were organised.

I also got a chance to practise my skills on a phone as this is something that I rarely do. I found that I grew in my confidence of ringing people, just from two short phone calls to the Pass Office.

When I visit next month I’ll be doing a variety of activities including office work, a tour of Westminster and attending the PMQ’s. This is an experience that is extremely exciting and one that I cannot wait to happen.

Upon completion of this, I was asked by Nic to draft some documents. This meant I had to start researching the matters to find an appropriate response. Not only did I use internet searches with queries, I also had to use online maps to locate the postcodes of various areas. I then had to use the information I had found to draft documents. I found this an interesting activity as I had to not only research, but to draft a piece from the perspective of Nic and offer what he would say. 

Jessica's Blog: Today's Activities

Today, I spent a full day working in Nic’s office, undertaking a variety of tasks. I spent part of my morning filling in an extremely detailed security form due to...

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My name is Jessica and I’m currently on a work placement in Nic Dakin’s office. Today I choose to research the European Union due to the referendum soon approaching.

Despite my age meaning I am unable to vote in the upcoming referendum, the outcome is a matter that will affect myself and the rest of the country vastly, dependant on the outcome. Due to this, I have been researching various factors and have written up some information and my own opinions on various factors. I vastly believe that as a whole the United Kingdom is better remaining a member of the European Union.

Member states of the European Union are currently covered by the European Warrant Act. This means that if a suspected criminal or terrorist flees the country to a different member state, they can still be arrested and deported back to the original country for trial. For example murderers and rapists leaving the United Kingdom to avoid arrest can still be arrested in another member state. This is very important for our justice system and is something we should not be without. Yet if we were to leave, we would lose this. Being a member state of the European Union also means that the United Kingdom police are able to access fingerprint and DNA information as well as using intelligence from the other member states.

The cost of a family taking a holiday abroad can be extremely high. In the European Union, there is a common aviation area which allows European airlines to fly anywhere within this area. If the United Kingdom were to leave the European Union, a restrictive aviation agreements would have to be formed which will increase the cost of airplane flight from the cheaper companies such as EasyJet. This increase is not one that most families can afford.

Costs of using your phone in another country are vast and can soon add up to sky high rates. However, the European Union are abolishing phone roaming charges. This means if someone vacations in another member state, there will be no excess charges. They are charged what they would be in their own country. This means costs on holidays can be minimised and can even make holidays more affordable. If we were to leave the European Union, this would not be the case for Britain.

The United Kingdom receives financial benefits from the European Union. In the next few years, the fishing sector and coastal communities will receive funding from the European Union- approximately £190 million. In Wales alone, the agriculture sector and farmers will receive funding from the European Union. Between 2014-2020, Wales will receive approximately £2 billion for agriculture alone. Britain also receives an average of £24 billion a year investment from other member states- that works out at around £66 million a day. Most people, when researching the EU, don’t take this into account. Instead they focus on the membership fee to be a member state.

In the United Kingdom, there are over three million jobs that are linked to trade with the European Union. On top of this, workers are given vital protections from the European Union, including holiday pay, and maternity/paternity pay. Vast amounts of British exports for goods and services go to European Countries. For example, London alone exported £12.7 billion of goods to the European Union in 2015 alone- that is only for London. 

Jessica's Blog: The European Union

My name is Jessica and I’m currently on a work placement in Nic Dakin’s office. Today I choose to research the European Union due to the referendum soon approaching. Despite...

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Today is voting day yet I can’t vote due to only being 17 at the current time which is a great pity. I visited multiple polling stations this morning to see exactly what takes place on an election day. In my time so far at Nic’s office, I have learnt a lot regarding the Police and Crime Commissioner and their roles and functions. I find it rather irritating that I am unable to vote. Yet if I were in Scotland, I would be entitled to vote at my age.

The elections today are for the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), with more elections throughout the country for other matters such as the Mayor elections in places such as Bristol and London. The PCC is an elected person who is charged with securing the effective and efficient policing of an area. In this case, the PCC who is elected today will cover the Humberside area.

Jessica's Blog: The PCC Election

Today is voting day yet I can’t vote due to only being 17 at the current time which is a great pity. I visited multiple polling stations this morning to...

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