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Caroline Flint, Labour MP for Don Valley, has this week supported a cross-party letter to support victims of rape by removing the automatic parental rights of those who have fathered a child through rape.

The letter came on the back of the harrowing case of Sammy Woodhouse, the Rotherham child sexual exploitation survivor, whose abuser is serving a 35 year jail term for the rape of Ms Woodhouse and a series of child sexual offences. Her abuser was notified of a variation to her son’s care order and therefore offered the opportunity to seek access to her son.

Both Rotherham Council and practitioners in the family court believe that under the current law, this was required of Rotherham Council as the case was not considered ‘exceptional’ enough to remove the duty to notify her abuser.

Led by Louise Haigh, the MP for Sheffield Heeley, MPs from across different political parties have now come together to lobby the Secretary of State for Justice, David Gauke, to change the law to remove the automatic parental rights of those who have fathered a child through rape.

Louise then raised the case in a question to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, and called for a public inquiry into the issue. In her response, the Prime Minister responded that "the Ministry of Justice currently have not seen evidence to suggest that a public inquiry is necessary."

Said Caroline: “It’s important that Sammy’s case acts as a marker to make sure that women and children are protected by our courts system. I was disappointed to learn that the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Justice are not considering a public inquiry into the issue.

“120 MPs of different parties have all signed Louise’s letter and I urge the Prime Minister to consider changing the law so that this cannot happen again.”

Caroline backs cross-party approach to support rape victims

Caroline Flint, Labour MP for Don Valley, has this week supported a cross-party letter to support victims of rape by removing the automatic parental rights of those who have fathered...

Caroline Flint, Labour MP for Don Valley, took part this week in a Westminster Hall debate on the UK’s Shared Prosperity Fund, secured by South Yorkshire Mayor, Dan Jarvis MP.

The Shared Prosperity Fund is designed to replace the money that the UK would have received in EU funding.

The debate followed a recent report by the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), which estimated that the UK would have been entitled to approximately 13 billion euros of regional development funding between the 2021-2027 if we had stayed in the European Union.

The report also analysed funding for each UK region and concluded that South Yorkshire would have received £605 million to support economic growth over the same period.

Caroline said in the debate that the Shared Prosperity Fund needed to consider not just the North/South divide, but also the funding divide between towns and cities.

She said: “Whatever happens in the future, unless there is an offer for our smaller towns and communities, no fund is going to match the expectations – and counter the demoralisation – of those communities.”

Caroline, speaking after the debate, said: “It’s important that the Government considers how much South Yorkshire would have received in EU funds - £605 million – and allocates a fair share.

“The Government is yet to outline its priorities and objectives for its Fund – as well as the method of allocating money. It’s important that this debate is held while the Government is still making up its mind, so that we can influence how the Government thinks about it.

“I took the opportunity today to present my view that the Fund needs to look beyond our cities to prioritise investment in our towns. It’s important that local people in Don Valley feel like they have a stake in the Shared Prosperity Fund.”

Caroline asks for better funding for towns

Caroline Flint, Labour MP for Don Valley, took part this week in a Westminster Hall debate on the UK’s Shared Prosperity Fund, secured by South Yorkshire Mayor, Dan Jarvis MP....

Caroline challenged the Prime Minister Theresa May on trade union rights at PMQs yesterday. Watch a video clip of her question below. 

Caroline challenges PM on trade union rights

Caroline challenged the Prime Minister Theresa May on trade union rights at PMQs yesterday. Watch a video clip of her question below. 


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