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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

sera-image2.jpgIn my London childhood we never owned a home, living mostly in flats, apart from some years in a terraced street. In front a narrow road with the railway line beyond - behind narrow gardens with an alley. Children would be in and out of each other's gardens when we weren't off to the park or down to the river.

Now living in a former mining constituency I have learnt how much rural mining villages value their surrounding countryside.

Statement for SERA

In my London childhood we never owned a home, living mostly in flats, apart from some years in a terraced street. In front a narrow road with the railway line... Read more

Barack Obama is setting out his vision for US climate action on Monday, and what is most striking of all is the tone. For a long time the US was considered a slow mover in taking serious steps to reduce the threat that a changing climate causes to food security, to public health and to the environment.

Obama, keenly aware that this generation of politicians will be judged by whether or not we showed the ability to plan ahead to protect the future of our planet, clearly wants to change that.

Can the UK follow Obama's climate lead?

Barack Obama is setting out his vision for US climate action on Monday, and what is most striking of all is the tone. For a long time the US was considered a... Read more

The leaders of 23 Labour councils have today backed Caroline Flint to be Labour's next Deputy Leader. 

Ms Flint, who worked in local government before being elected to Parliament and served as Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has won the backing of Labour council leaders across the country, including the leaders of some of Labour's flagship councils in London, the North West, the North East and Yorkshire and Humber.

23 Labour Council Leaders are backing Caroline for Deputy Leader

The leaders of 23 Labour councils have today backed Caroline Flint to be Labour's next Deputy Leader.  Ms Flint, who worked in local government before being elected to Parliament and... Read more

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Caroline Flint's campaign to become Labour's next Deputy Leader received a major boost today, as three affiliated trade unions - USDAW, Community Union and the Musicians' Union - nominated her to be Labour's next Deputy Leader.

USDAW, Community Union & Musicians' Union endorse Caroline Flint for Deputy Leader

Caroline Flint's campaign to become Labour's next Deputy Leader received a major boost today, as three affiliated trade unions - USDAW, Community Union and the Musicians' Union - nominated her... Read more

The Labour party exists to win elections to improve lives and make the world a better place. But if the shock of our crushing election defeat is beginning to fade, the scale of the challenge facing us is only just beginning to dawn. It is no exaggeration to say that we now face a fight for the very survival of the Labour party. It is a fight in which I wish to play a part, and why I am standing to be Labour’s next deputy leader.

As the debate about why we lost and how we rebuild in the years ahead intensifies, we are already facing contradictory demands for change. Some say the answer lies with middle England, with greater emphasis on economic competence and rewarding aspiration. Others argue that to win back Scotland we need to champion the NHS, public services and redistribution. Other voices say we must concentrate on winning back disaffected working class voters, who found us unconvincing on immigration and welfare.

“Our party must always aspire to look and sound like the country we seek to represent”

The Labour party exists to win elections to improve lives and make the world a better place. But if the shock of our crushing election defeat is beginning to fade,... Read more

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