Caroline Flint

Standing up for Don Valley.

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I want our ideas to touch on the real lives of those millions of people who for whatever reason shied away from voting Labour in May. I don‘t want us to write off any voters; nor take our loyal supporters for granted. In the discussions, hustings and emails since May, here are a few ideas which I have suggested. I hope they’re helpful. Let me know what you think at caroline@caroline4deputy.com

This election isn’t the end of our debate, it must be the start

I want our ideas to touch on the real lives of those millions of people who for whatever reason shied away from voting Labour in May. I don‘t want us... Read more

Your Record

As a leading member of the Labour party, how have you contributed to furthering LGBT equality? What advancement in LGBT rights have you supported which you are most proud of and why?

I have campaigned for LGBT rights for over thirty years. I am so proud to be have been able to vote to equalise the age of consent, end the ban on LGBT people serving in our armed forces, end discrimination against LGBT partners for immigration purposes, scrap the hated Section 28, ban discrimination in the workplace and in training and outlaw discrimination in the provision of goods and services, include homophobia as a hate crime and increase sentencing for it, and, of course, to introduce civil partnerships and support equal marriage. These are some of my proudest achievements as an MP, not least because when I was first campaigning for them, as a student in Tory Britain in the 1980s, they seemed so hard to achieve.

Equality is never 'job done'

Your Record As a leading member of the Labour party, how have you contributed to furthering LGBT equality? What advancement in LGBT rights have you supported which you are most... Read more

More than anyone my mum made me who I am.

I joined the Labour Party at 17 – never thinking I would be an MP.

17 years earlier I was born to my teenage lone parent mum.  It was 1961 and the strength she showed in keeping me has always made me proud of mum and my grandparents who stood by her.

More than anyone my mum made me who I am

More than anyone my mum made me who I am.I joined the Labour Party at 17 – never thinking I would be an MP.17 years earlier I was born to... Read more

In October 1992, in the wake of Labour’s fourth successive election defeat, Giles Radice, who is supporting me to become Labour's next Deputy Leader, identified the problem of ‘southern discomfort’ and argued that the party could not win without doing better in the south. He was right – and the problem is even more urgent 23 years later.

Today there are over two million more people living in the south of England compared to when he penned his original pamphlet. There are over a million more people in the south compared to the 2001 election alone. Outside London, the south-east, east and south-west are the fastest growing regions in the country – and yet these are the areas where we are at our weakest. In 2015, fewer than one in five people living in the south voted Labour. It will simply not be possible for us to win in 2020 without winning in the south.

If I am elected as Deputy Leader, I will make establishing Labour as a southern party an absolute priority.

Labour must be a southern party too

In October 1992, in the wake of Labour’s fourth successive election defeat, Giles Radice, who is supporting me to become Labour's next Deputy Leader, identified the problem of ‘southern discomfort’... Read more

Disability Labour Q&A – Caroline Flint 

1. Engaging with disabled people:

1.1. Why should disabled people vote for The Labour Party at the next general election?

 I'm proud of Labour's track record on disability rights, but the fight to achieve full and comprehensive civil rights for disabled people is far from over. Labour must lead that campaign. I want a Britain where everyone has the opportunity to realise their potential and all are treated with respect.

The fight to achieve full and comprehensive civil rights for disabled people is far from over

Disability Labour Q&A – Caroline Flint  1. Engaging with disabled people: 1.1. Why should disabled people vote for The Labour Party at the next general election?  I'm proud of Labour's... Read more

This lioness will go out hunting for Labour’s next victory, says Caroline Flint

The personal is clearly political for Caroline Flint, Labour’s shadow energy and climate change secretary who is seeking to succeed Harriet Harman as deputy leader of the party. 

I'm not going to take any lectures - Caroline's interview with Progress

This lioness will go out hunting for Labour’s next victory, says Caroline Flint The personal is clearly political for Caroline Flint, Labour’s shadow energy and climate change secretary who is seeking to succeed... Read more

Q: Do you feel that a new wealth creation policy is urgently needed based on scientific & technological innovation? If so, how do we build on what we've already got and how can we provide further stimulus?

I want Britain to be the best place in the world for science and innovation. New ideas, new technologies and new jobs – and the jobs and prosperity they bring – will all be driven by advances in scientific and technological research and innovation. Britain has a rich history in science and innovations and I'm proud of what the last Labour Government achieved for science too, especially increasing science spend through the research councils and attracting investment in science, after years of neglect under the Tories

I want Britain to be the best place in the world for science and innovation

Q: Do you feel that a new wealth creation policy is urgently needed based on scientific & technological innovation? If so, how do we build on what we've already got... Read more

First, have people at the very top of our party who know the value of work. As the daughter of a lone parent, I learned from an early age the importance of work and that businesses come in all shapes and sizes. By the time I left university, I had worked in newsagents, dry cleaners, pubs, hotels, a baked bean factory and run a department store staff canteen!

Second, let’s talk about creating wealth, as much as we talk about distributing the proceeds. As Shadow Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, I devoted as much time describing the energy industrial revolution – transforming our economy and creating domestic jobs – as I did about the energy price freeze. The media coverage of the freeze and energy market failings far outweighed their interest in the economic vision.

Six ways to bust the myth that Labour is anti-business.

First, have people at the very top of our party who know the value of work. As the daughter of a lone parent, I learned from an early age the... Read more

Work helps create a society in which people can be independent, raise a family and be part of a community. It also ensures that through those that work we can provide for schools, hospitals and other public services essential to the common good. That’s why we are Labour.

I'm the daughter of a lone parent. My mum worked in pubs and shops. At 13, I worked two nights after school in a newsagents. The day I finished my O-levels Mum signed me up to work in a dry cleaning firm for the summer before I started my A levels. Weekend, evening and holiday jobs were part of my work experience up and until my first proper job after university.

I was the first in my family to go to university; my brother and sister left school at 16. We should never treat skills, apprenticeships and experience on the job, as less important than degrees that earn you letters after your name. They are different but vitally important.

The fair work agenda - article for Unions 21

Work helps create a society in which people can be independent, raise a family and be part of a community. It also ensures that through those that work we can... Read more

Even after our defeat, Labour can proudly boast more women MPs than all other parties combined, yet still doesn't have gender parity in our Parliamentary Party. Despite equality laws, discrimination, direct and indirect, still holds women back. Our experiences, and those tweeted on @EverydaySexism, are stark reminders of daily life. Equality is never “job done” but needs sustaining.

As a Labour grass roots activist and feminist, I supported modernising candidate selections, from one member one vote to all-women shortlists, the single most effective way to achieve more women MPs.

Blog for the Fawcett Society

Even after our defeat, Labour can proudly boast more women MPs than all other parties combined, yet still doesn't have gender parity in our Parliamentary Party. Despite equality laws, discrimination,... Read more

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