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Caroline Flint has backed a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May seeking Government support to ensure that the UK does not leave the European Union without a deal, and joined a cross party group of MPs who met the Prime Minister in Parliament to discuss how parliament can avoid a No Deal Brexit.

Caroline Flint has backed a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May seeking Government support to ensure that the UK does not leave the European Union without a deal, and joined a cross party group of MPs who met the Prime Minister in Parliament to discuss how parliament can avoid a No Deal Brexit.

“The main issue uniting those who signed the letter is that we all have manufacturing firms in our constituency; these firms need certainty after 29 March, so they can continue to trade, import and export goods uninterrupted.

“Essential to efficient trade is the movement of goods, and Doncaster not only has manufacturers, but is a logistics crossroads for road and rail close to the Humber ports.  The iPort, airport and Doncaster’s motorway links are the arteries of our economy.  I want to ensure these businesses have certainty in the coming months and do not face tariffs, delays or confusion which would become inevitable if the UK leaves with No Deal.”

The Don Valley MP also raised the UK’s employment and environmental standards after Brexit with the Prime Minister. “I have backed an amendment to guarantee that there will be no reduction in workers’ rights or environmental standards after Brexit.  This is something the Government could commit to which would provide welcome reassurance for both trade unions and responsible employers.”

Speaking after the meeting, Caroline said: “The signatories to the letter are a wide-range of MPs, including a number who actually want to reverse Brexit and, therefore, want to push the Government into calling off the UK’s departure from the EU on 29 March.  I do not believe delaying Brexit or forcing a second referendum reflect the wishes of people in Don Valley; and I want their views heard.”

The Don Valley MP was one of 209 MPs who wrote to the Prime Minister, from all parties, spanning MPs who voted Leave and Remain, who are worried about the effects of a No deal Brexit on manufacturing.  Read the letter HERE.

 

 

Caroline Flint presses PM to avoid No Deal Brexit

Caroline Flint has backed a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May seeking Government support to ensure that the UK does not leave the European Union without a deal, and joined a...

Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, made parliamentary history today as she became the first MP to guest appear on a select committee of which they are not a member.

Flint appeared on the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee to take Energy Minister Claire Perry to task over the Government’s rollout of smart meters.

The Government’s smart meter roll out, which was intended to install a new digitised meter in every UK home by the end of 2020, has been dogged by delays and cost over-runs.

Only 25% of households have had a meter installed, and the programme is forecast to overrun by at least £500million.

12 million meters have been installed but will need to be upgraded or replaced. One million can no longer be used when customers have changed supplier.

Energy suppliers are required to offer energy saving advice when installing a smart meter – but they have failed to offer advice to one in three households. Giving consumers advice on how to save energy can boost savings when using a smart meter by up to two thirds.

Said Ms Flint, speaking after the committee hearing: “I was delighted to become the first MP to ‘guest’ on a select committee.

“Committees are often the best place to get things done in Parliament, and being able to directly question those responsible for the failings of the smart meter programme is a good step towards fixing the programme’s problems.

“We all want to enjoy the benefits that come from smart meters – ending estimated bills and making energy savings. But there are too many problems as it stands.

“The Government needs to get a grip, ensuring value for money for consumers who are footing the bill.

“I thank my parliamentary colleagues in the BEIS Committee for inviting me to be their first guest member and look forward to reading their report and recommendations.”

You can watch the committee session here

Flint takes Tories to task on smart meters as first MP ever to ‘guest’ on committee

Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, made parliamentary history today as she became the first MP to guest appear on a select committee of which they are not a member....

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I wanted to wish you every happiness this Christmas and a restful festive period.

Some in Parliament and the media would have us all talk of nothing but Brexit, Article 50, second referendums and the PM’s prospects for survival. I try to get the balance right.

Like every MP, I have learned a great deal about Brexit, trade agreements; obscure legislation and things about Norway and Liechtenstein I never thought I would need to know.

But, even my work in Parliament is firmly rooted in the life of the 30 towns and villages of Don Valley.xmas_e_message_pic_cropped.jpg

Each week, I look forward to returning to my Doncaster home; and enjoy running from place to place to support community events, visit schools, projects or businesses, and holding surgeries before I have to head back to Parliament on the Monday.

I continue to hold a surgery in every ward, every month; as I have for twenty one years. In the last year, my office has handled 2,134 cases.

Getting ready for my 22nd Christmas as a local MP, I am very thankful for the many people who have helped with my visits or surgery venues; or invited me to join their projects, events, school assembly, or local fete. In 2018, I have visited 9 Schools and 28 community organisations; taken part in 17 business-related visits and events; and held 9 meetings with local service providers, such as the Council, police and NHS.

I have seen first-hand over two decades how much our communities gain from thriving schools, active parish councils, community volunteers and supportive local businesses. I’ve seen how, at important moments, local churches bring the community together. I’ve seen many people who went that extra step to ensure the community comes together, local heroes are honoured; food banks and refuges keep open; and those who risk isolation are not left in loneliness.

I appreciate the difficulties faced by our police, our NHS, our public servants, many of whom will work over Christmas to keep our communities safer, our transport running, and patients cared for.

Whatever faith or belief you have, Christmas is a special time. However, busy we are, it reminds us of the importance of family and friends. The Christmas holiday gives me chance to spend real quiet time with those closest to me; to recharge the batteries and get ready for another busy year. Many of us have events or visitors that signal that Christmas has begun. For me, when our local Methodist church choir comes round carol singing, I know Christmas has arrived.

To everyone who, in their own way, helps to make our communities stronger or friendlier, I say a big thank you.

Enjoy your Christmas holiday and I hope we meet in 2019.

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS FROM CAROLINE FLINT

            I wanted to wish you every happiness this Christmas and a restful festive period.


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