Caroline Flint

Standing up for Don Valley.

Articles & Features

As the UK speeds towards the European Union exit door, Caroline Flint argues it’s time for ‘Britonomics’

Dire economic warnings won’t persuade the public to abandon Brexit. The vote on June 23 last year was a political choice, not an economic one. Against prevailing opinion, the public voted out. The driving motivation was control over immigration and borders – even if there was an economic cost.

A Fresh Approach - my article for The Fabian Review 21 December 2017

As the UK speeds towards the European Union exit door, Caroline Flint argues it’s time for ‘Britonomics’ Dire economic warnings won’t persuade the public to abandon Brexit. The vote on... Read more

Beyond the Westminster Bubble: What people really think about immigration.

Opern_Europe_report_crop.JPGForeword by Caroline Flint

The British people’s decision that the UK should leave the European Union in that historic referendum on 23 June 2016 has challenged politicians of all parties to map a way forward.

I believe that the referendum outcome must be acted upon – the UK must leave the European Union – and that we all need to start considering what UK policies we need post-Brexit.

One of the central issues, and a huge public concern, is the management of immigration. It affects our economy and labour market policies, our border controls and security and community life.

Beyond the Westminster Bubble - my Foreword

Beyond the Westminster Bubble: What people really think about immigration. Foreword by Caroline Flint The British people’s decision that the UK should leave the European Union in that historic referendum... Read more

YP_bank_article_pic.JPGThorne and Bawtry face the closure of their Natwest branches.

It doesn't need to happen.  Read my article in the Yorkshire Post HERE.

Small towns suffer as bank branches close - my article for the Yorkshire Post

Thorne and Bawtry face the closure of their Natwest branches. It doesn't need to happen.  Read my article in the Yorkshire Post HERE.

Guardian_pic_-_Flint_article_1017.JPGLabour has won the argument on energy bills. Now the Tories must deliver.

Theresa May’s defence of free market capitalism didn’t begin well. The headline from that speech – aside from the various calamities – was a price cap imposed on a failing energy market.

Labour has won the argument on energy bills - My Guardian article

Labour has won the argument on energy bills. Now the Tories must deliver. Theresa May’s defence of free market capitalism didn’t begin well. The headline from that speech – aside... Read more

Times_Alice_and_Rachel.JPGFacebook and Twitter have a duty to tackle trolls, Labour’s outsider says

The Times Saturday Interview Rachel Sylvester, Alice Thomson 

Right: l to r Alice, Caroline and Rachel.

Caroline Flint has never been afraid of being the odd one out. When the New Labour lads were all playing football, she founded a tap-dancing troupe called the Division Belles. Other male MPs appoint their wives as their secretaries; her husband, Phil, is her constituency manager — she proposed by fax and he accepted with a pager message. 

Social media bullies are festering in their little bubble of bile and hate’

Facebook and Twitter have a duty to tackle trolls, Labour’s outsider says The Times Saturday Interview Rachel Sylvester, Alice Thomson  Right: l to r Alice, Caroline and Rachel. Caroline Flint has... Read more

It seems I have adopted a rather controversial view about Brexit: that, perhaps, all of the partisans – Leavers and Remainers – should bury our differences, and work together. 

Guardian 12 September 2017

It seems I have adopted a rather controversial view about Brexit: that, perhaps, all of the partisans – Leavers and Remainers – should bury our differences, and work together.  Read more

Guardian_article120917.JPGIt seems I have adopted a rather controversial view about Brexit: that, perhaps, all the partisans – leavers and remainers – should bury our differences and work together. That’s proving more difficult than it should be. No one in politics likes to concede defeat, particularly if they secretly dislike some of their opponents.

The 'Great Repeal Bill' needs improvement - my Guardian Article

It seems I have adopted a rather controversial view about Brexit: that, perhaps, all the partisans – leavers and remainers – should bury our differences and work together. That’s proving... Read more

carolineconfspeech12.jpgThis is the text of my article on the Government's Brexit Bill published in the Sunday Telegraph on 3 September 2017.

When Parliament returns, the first major item of business will be the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

A wrecking ball approach to the Brexit Bill is not what the public voted for.

This is the text of my article on the Government's Brexit Bill published in the Sunday Telegraph on 3 September 2017. When Parliament returns, the first major item of business... Read more

1 July marked ten years since the ban on smoking in enclosed public places came into force.

With only a handful of prosecutions it has been a major success story. It certainly spurred many to give up smoking. Today, heart disease is down 20%; strokes down 14% since 2007. Indeed, deaths caused by smoking as a proportion of all deaths for over 35s has fallen by over 10%. It seems ridiculous now to recall how the Health Act 2006 was so controversial. 

How I helped pass the Smoking Ban

1 July marked ten years since the ban on smoking in enclosed public places came into force. With only a handful of prosecutions it has been a major success story.... Read more

Click HERE to read my Daily Mirror article calling for the Government to do more to cap energy prices.

Energy price hikes will be a recurring nightmare until the Big Six get capped

Click HERE to read my Daily Mirror article calling for the Government to do more to cap energy prices.

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