Nic Dakin

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Nic Dakin
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Shadow Schools Minister
In office
17 September 2015 – 27 June 2016
Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Preceded by Kevin Brennan
Succeeded by Vacant
Member of Parliament
for Scunthorpe
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Elliot Morley
Majority 3,134 (8.5%)
Personal details
Born Nicholas Dakin
(1955-07-10) 10 July 1955 (age 62)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Audrey Balsom (m. 1979)
Children 2 daughters, 1 son
Residence Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England
Alma mater University of Hull
King's College London
Occupation English teacher
Profession Member of Parliament

Nicholas Dakin (born 10 July 1955) is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Scunthorpe since 2010.[1] He became Shadow Schools Minister under Jeremy Corbyn in 2015[2] but resigned the position in June 2016.[3]

Early life[edit]

He was educated at Longslade Upper School (now called Cedars academy part of the Lionheart academy trust.) on Wanlip Lane in Birstall, Leicestershire, the University of Hull, and King's College London. Before his career as an MP began, he was the Principal of John Leggott College Scunthorpe. He was the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council from 1997–2003. After leaving university he taught English at Greatfield High School in Hull (his parliamentary predecessor had also taught at this school). He then taught English in Gävle in eastern Sweden then came to teach English at John Leggott College.

Parliamentary career[edit]

He was selected in October 2009 to represent Scunthorpe County and won the seat in May 2010 with a majority of 2,549. He represents many issues related to Education and is a member of the Education Select Committee. Other issues of interest include debt regulation and he initiated a Westminster Hall Debate on Debt Management Plans.

Dakin is a member of over 20 all-party parliamentary groups (APPG), including Sustainable Housing, Manufacturing, Financial Education for Young People and Conservation and Wildlife. He is the vice chair of the APPG for Biodiversity, the secretary of APPGs for Cannabis and Children, and Education, and also the treasurer for APPG on Debt and Personal Finance. Dakin will be the chair of a newly created APPG on the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experimentation.

After Jeremy Corbyn won the leadership of the Labour party in September 2015, Dakin was made Shadow Minister for Schools.[2] Dakin resigned his Shadow Cabinet position in June 2016 citing loss of confidence in the Labour leader.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He married Audrey Balsom in 1979 in Leicester. Dakin has three children.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Election 2010-Constituency:Scunthorpe". Election 2010. BBC. Retrieved 2 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Whittaker, Freddie (18 September 2015). "New shadow education frontbench team unveiled". Schools Week. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Elliott, David (27 June 2016). "Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin resigns from shadow schools minister role". Scunthorpe Telegraph. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Nic Dakin resigns after 'further failure of leadership' from Corbyn at PLP meeting". ITV. 27 June 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Elliot Morley
Member of Parliament for Scunthorpe