Caroline Flint

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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.

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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

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

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