Sir Nicholas Dakin (born 10 July 1955) is a British Labour Party politician, who had served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Scunthorpe from 2010 to 2019. He was promoted from his positions as Opposition Whips and Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons in September 2015 to the Shadow Schools Minister under Jeremy Corbyn but resigned from the position in June 2016. Dakin subsequently re-joined the Opposition Whips' Office in October 2016.
Sir Nic Dakin
|Shadow Minister for Schools|
14 September 2015 – 27 June 2016
|Preceded by||Kevin Brennan|
|Succeeded by||Mike Kane|
|Member of Parliament |
6 May 2010 – 6 November 2019
|Preceded by||Elliot Morley|
|Succeeded by||Holly Mumby-Croft|
10 July 1955
|Spouse(s)||Audrey Balsom (m. 1979)|
|Children||2 daughters, 1 son|
|Residence||Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England|
|Alma mater||University of Hull|
King's College London
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.
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.
He was selected in October 2009 to represent the Scunthorpe constituency and won the seat in May 2010 with a majority of 2,549. Subsequently, he won in 2015 and 2017. In 2017 he won with a 52% share of the vote.
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. Dakin resigned his Shadow Cabinet position in June 2016 citing loss of confidence in the Labour leader. He supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the 2016 Labour Party (UK) leadership election.
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.
He married Audrey Balsom in 1979 in Leicester. Dakin has three children.
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