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Caroline_Susan_Kelsey_and_Caitlin.JPGCaroline Flint writes:

Thanks to everyone at Edlington Hill Top School, Trinity Academy, Thorne and St Oswald's Academy, Finningley for inviting me to your Christmas events.

Right: Caroline and Thorne Mayor Susan Durant with two of the night's performers Kelsey Etherington and Caitlin Houlbrook.  Photo left shows Caroline with Edlington Cllr Phil Cole, staff and pupils. Photo below right: holding Christingles candles at St Oswald's, Finningley.

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christingles_2.jpgI was treated to a Christmas show with festive videos, and the school orchestra at Edlington Hill Top.  After the production, I  met staff and was treated to a piece of Christmas pie provided by Mr Grime, a teacher for forty years who still volunteers at the school.  Head of School Rachel MacLeod and Executive Head Beryce Nixon run a wonderful school at Edlington Hill Top.  The show was a treat and so was the pie!

After the Edlington Hill Top show, I joined Thorne Mayor Cllr Susan Durant at Trinity Academy’s Christmas Service.  Susan and I joined year 7 for a photo after the event. Can you spot us? 

And it was candles and oranges in abundance at St Oswald’s Academy, Finningley, as I joined pupils for the Christingles Service at St Oswald’s Church.

 

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Around Don Valley at Christmas

Caroline Flint writes: Thanks to everyone at Edlington Hill Top School, Trinity Academy, Thorne and St Oswald's Academy, Finningley for inviting me to your Christmas events. Right: Caroline and Thorne Mayor...

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I look forward to Christmas every year.  For me Christmas is about being at home in Doncaster, getting together with family and friends, decorating the perfect tree, and watching Christmas movies.

This year, I found the perfect tree at the green grocers in Tickhill, and started putting up the decorations straight away.

Thanks to everyone who has invited me to your community event this year, welcomed me to your school, or let me know about something good – or not so good – that is happening in your parish or village.

I particularly want to thank everyone who volunteers in our community.  My job brings me into contact with many people who run community centres and libraries, support schools, community activities, sports teams, local churches, parish councils, neighbourhood watch and community projects – just about everything we need.  They make things happen, fill our calendar with events to be part of, and make our communities stronger.

In every community there are those who make everything happen, and make a real difference.  This Christmas, I’d like to us to think of all of those people who make our communities what they are. 

And let’s not forget those who don’t have many people to see them this Christmas.  Christmas is about being together, not alone.

I know Christmas is finally here when the local Methodist church choir come knocking on Christmas eve, as they sing carols around the village.

Whatever you do, I hope you have a good and peaceful Christmas with those who matter to you.  With my very best wishes for the season

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My Christmas message

I look forward to Christmas every year.  For me Christmas is about being at home in Doncaster, getting together with family and friends, decorating the perfect tree, and watching Christmas...

Energy campaigner Caroline Flint has requested a meeting with Ministers from the BEIS Department (Business, Energy &SVT_q_131216.JPG Industrial Strategy) to discuss over-charging by the Big Six energy companies.

Ms Flint told BEIS Minister Margot James: “I’ve been saying for about five years now that the energy companies have been overcharging their customers on the standard variable tariff.  That has been confirmed by the Competition and Markets Authority and confirmed by Ofgem, and the Government as well.

“The only way we are going to make a shift in the way these companies operate is if we extend to those customers on standard variable tariffs the protection we extend to those on pre-payment meters.  Would the Minister have a meeting with me to discuss what more we can do to make sure we give the Big Six energy companies a kick up the backside?”

The Minister replied: “I will be happy to meet the Rt Hon member, who has extensive experience in this area.  We are certainly considering the CMA’s remedies at the moment.”

The Don Valley MP has been campaigning for fair energy prices since 2011, when she became Shadow Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change.  The MP believes that Labour’s energy price freeze campaign in the last Parliament led David Cameron to launch the CMA enquiry, which revealed over £8billion in overcharging between 2011 and 2015.  Ofgem recently confirmed its plan to introduce a maximum tariff for customers on pre-payment meters.  The Don Valley MP is arguing for this to be extended to all standard variable customers, who represent overt 60% of all customers.

See Ms Flint’s intervention HERE

Flint demands Energy Companies are given 'a kick up the backside'

Energy campaigner Caroline Flint has requested a meeting with Ministers from the BEIS Department (Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) to discuss over-charging by the Big Six energy companies.


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