Nic Dakin

Sir Nicholas Dakin (born 10 July 1955) is a British Labour politician who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Scunthorpe from 2010 to 2019. He was the Shadow Minister for Schools from 2015 to 2016, Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons in 2015, and an opposition whip from 2011 to 2015 and 2016 to 2019.[1]

Sir Nic Dakin
Official portrait, 2017
Shadow Minister for Schools
In office
18 September 2015  27 June 2016
LeaderJeremy Corbyn
Preceded byKevin Brennan
Succeeded byMike Kane
Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons
In office
8 May 2015  18 September 2015
LeaderHarriet Harman (acting)
Preceded byThomas Docherty
Succeeded byMelanie Onn
Member of Parliament
for Scunthorpe
In office
6 May 2010  6 November 2019
Preceded byElliot Morley
Succeeded byHolly Mumby-Croft
Personal details
Nicholas Dakin

(1955-07-10) 10 July 1955 (age 66)
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Audrey Balsom (m. 1979)
ResidenceScunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England
Alma materUniversity of Hull
King's College London
  • Politician
  • teacher

Early life

Dakin grew up in Leicestershire and attended school there before studying at the University of Hull and then King's University College London, completing his undergraduate degree and then his PGCE respectively.[2] He had previously trained as an accountant.[3]

He taught English in Gävle, in eastern Sweden, and then at John Leggott College in Scunthorpe, where he became principal.[4]

While teaching at John Leggott College, he was also a local councillor for Kingsway with Lincoln Gardens and then leader of North Lincolnshire Council from 1997–2003. He was also the deputy chair of Yorkshire Forward from 2005–2007.[2]

Parliamentary career

He was selected in October 2009 to represent the Scunthorpe constituency[4] and won the seat in May 2010 with a majority of 2,549.[5] Subsequently, he won in 2015 and 2017. In 2017 he won with a 52% share of the vote.[1]

Dakin has previously served on the Education Select Committee and was a member of the House of Common's Procedure Committee and the Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art.[1]

In October 2011 Dakin was appointed an Opposition Whip under Ed Miliband. He was then given the additional role of Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons in May 2015. After Jeremy Corbyn won the leadership of the Labour Party in September 2015, Dakin was made Shadow Minister for Schools.[6] Dakin resigned his Shadow Cabinet position in June 2016 citing loss of confidence in the Labour leader.[7][8] He supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.[9]

In October 2016 Dakin re-joined the Opposition Whips' office.[1]

Dakin was the chair of several All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) including: Steel and Metal Related Industries, Pancreatic Cancer, Education, Skills and Employment, and Bioethanol until his election defeat.[10]

He lost his seat to former Conservative North Lincolnshire Council Councillor Holly Mumby-Croft in the 2019 United Kingdom general election.[11]

Dakin was knighted in the 2020 Birthday Honours for political service.[12]

Personal life

He married Audrey Balsom in 1979 in Leicester. Dakin has two daughters and a son.

Dakin enjoys playing squash, walking, and listening to music.[3]

Dakin ran the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon debuting with a time of five hours, 31 minutes and 17 seconds.[13]


  1. "Nic Dakin MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  2. "Nic Dakin MP | All-Party Parliamentary Group for Skills & Employment". Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  3. Radford, Eleanor (14 June 2013). "Nic Dakin, MP for Scunthorpe". FE Week.
  4. "College head to fight for Labour". BBC News. 1 November 2009.
  5. "Election 2010-Constituency:Scunthorpe". Election 2010. BBC. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
  6. Whittaker, Freddie (18 September 2015). "New shadow education frontbench team unveiled". Schools Week. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  7. Elliott, David (27 June 2016). "Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin resigns from shadow schools minister role". Scunthorpe Telegraph. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  8. "Nic Dakin resigns after 'further failure of leadership' from Corbyn at PLP meeting". ITV. 27 June 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  9. "Full list of MPs and MEPs backing challenger Owen Smith". LabourList. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  10. "Register of All-Party Parliamentary Groups" (PDF).
  11. "Scunthorpe parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". BBC News. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  12. "No. 63135". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 October 2020. p. B2.
  13. "Latest News".