Caroline Flint

Standing up for Don Valley.

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RecyCoal_from_above.jpgFollowing the confirmation that RecyCoal is suspending its operations on the Rossington colliery site, Don Valley MP Caroline Flint said:

“I was saddened to hear that RecyCoal UK are closing their Rossington operation due to the falling price for the coal they produce, causing an immediate loss of over 100 local jobs. 

Statement on RecyCoal Rossington closure

Following the confirmation that RecyCoal is suspending its operations on the Rossington colliery site, Don Valley MP Caroline Flint said: “I was saddened to hear that RecyCoal UK are closing... Read more

boarded-house-460x276.jpgWasting no time, after Labour’s leadership elections, Caroline Flint used the first parliamentary questions to challenge the Government for more powers to tackle empty homes.

MP demands new powers to tackle empty homes

Wasting no time, after Labour’s leadership elections, Caroline Flint used the first parliamentary questions to challenge the Government for more powers to tackle empty homes. Read more

Yesterday lunchtime, I spoke to our Chief Whip Rosie Winterton. I informed her that, after careful consideration, I have decided I can best support the Labour Party and the leadership from outside the Shadow Cabinet.

Statement by Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP

Yesterday lunchtime, I spoke to our Chief Whip Rosie Winterton. I informed her that, after careful consideration, I have decided I can best support the Labour Party and the leadership... Read more

My mum was a lone parent at 17; I never knew my real dad. We never owned a home. Twice in my teens I had to live away from home; the second time because of my mum’s alcoholism – an illness that would kill her. Going to university was not my destiny, it was an escape. By my mid-20s I was a single mum with two children under two and on benefits. I know what it’s like to need a Labour government.

My mum inspired me to join the Labour party. I wanted to do something to help women like her and others who, for whatever reason, are made to feel they aren’t good enough. Or for children whose hopes and dreams are limited by who their parents are or their postcode.

I will connect with a wide group of people to whom politics seem irrelevant

My mum was a lone parent at 17; I never knew my real dad. We never owned a home. Twice in my teens I had to live away from home;... Read more

In the early hours of May 8, Caroline Flint was at Doncaster Racecourse watching the bizarre spectacle of her son's Norwegian girlfriend giving an interview to Danish television about what it was like to see the British Labour Party lose a general election up close.

"I spent the rest of Friday basically having a duvet day on the sofa and every now and again watching a bit more of what happened the previous night - and feeling pretty depressed by the whole thing," she recalls.

In the wake of Labour's defeat, the shadow energy and climate change secretary decided it was time to "step up" and run for deputy leader. She has a straightforward response to what the party needs to do between now and 2020. "We definitely have to attract more people who vote Conservative back to Labour," she says. "Our party is not a pressure group, we exist to win elections."

 

A lot of people out there would like a Flint-Osborne showdown

In the early hours of May 8, Caroline Flint was at Doncaster Racecourse watching the bizarre spectacle of her son's Norwegian girlfriend giving an interview to Danish television about what... Read more

Labour deputy leadership hopeful Caroline Flint today reveals the torment caused by her mother’s alcoholism.

She opens up about the “shame” of Wendy Flint’s fatal addiction - and the “chaos” it created in the household.

Ms Flint has spoken before of her mother’s lost battle with the bottle, but always stepped back from detailing the daily difficulties dealt to family life.

Today, in a highly-personal interview, she explains how struggling to cope with Wendy’s illness helped toughen her for the world of politics.

Wendy, who had split from her husband - Ms Flint’s step-dad - suffered from low self-esteem.

Caroline said her mum found comfort in alcohol, swigging “what she could afford”.

“Part of the job of deputy leader is to support the leader by making sure they’ve got their feet anchored very firmly in the real world.”

Labour deputy leadership hopeful Caroline Flint today reveals the torment caused by her mother’s alcoholism. She opens up about the “shame” of Wendy Flint’s fatal addiction - and the “chaos”... Read more

IF you took notice of speculation in some of our news media you would believe that the leadership, and deputy leadership campaign for the Labour Party, was all but over.

Of course, there has been no reliable polling of party members, and nor could there be, given that none of the candidates as far as I am aware, has anything like the money required to undertake a poll, and those outside the party do not have the evidence of party membership.

David Blunkett: Why Caroline Flint will put spark back into a party of the people

IF you took notice of speculation in some of our news media you would believe that the leadership, and deputy leadership campaign for the Labour Party, was all but over.... Read more

When I joined the Labour Party in 1979, age 17, I had no idea that for the next 18 years, Labour would be in opposition to a Tory government.

As a young activist, I seemed to be on a different demo every week. Thatcher was in power and there was no shortage of worthwhile causes. Marches for jobs, marches against the cuts, Anti-apartheid, the Anti-Nazi League, women against violence against women,… It was a long list.

I was full of certainty about what was right. The justice of our cause.

In 1983, I attended a huge rally in Norwich. Michael Foot was speaking. The rally was as big as anything reported in this leadership/deputy elections.

A few weeks later, Norwich’s two Labour MPs, John Garrett and David Ennals, lost their seats. Thatcher was back for a second term. It would be 14 more years before I saw a Labour Government.

It will take heart and head to win again

When I joined the Labour Party in 1979, age 17, I had no idea that for the next 18 years, Labour would be in opposition to a Tory government. As... Read more

Supporters of all the leadership candidates have rallied around Caroline Flint's bid to be deputy leader.

Twelve former parliamentary candidates have backed Caroline Flint's bid to become deputy leader in an open letter to the New Statesman. Dubbing the Don Valley MP a "fantastic campaigner", they explain that why despite backing different candidates for the leadership, they "are united in supporting Caroline Flint to be Labour's next deputy leader", who they describe as a "brilliant communicator and creative policy maker"

A dozen defeated parliamentary candidates back Caroline Flint for deputy

Supporters of all the leadership candidates have rallied around Caroline Flint's bid to be deputy leader. Twelve former parliamentary candidates have backed Caroline Flint's bid to become deputy leader in... Read more

Will you campaign to retain the Human Rights Act?

 I will fight tooth and nail to protect the Human Rights Act, one of the achievements of the last Labour Government of which I’m most proud.

 The Human Rights Act and the rights that it embeds into the British legal system are vital to protecting the interests of everyone. Freedom of thought, of expression, of belief and many other rights that are essential to fundamental human decency are contained within and I will of course do my upmost this Parliament to ensure that those rights are protected. 

Q&A with Labour Humanists

Will you campaign to retain the Human Rights Act?  I will fight tooth and nail to protect the Human Rights Act, one of the achievements of the last Labour Government... Read more

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