Caroline Flint

Standing up for Don Valley.

My speeches

IMG_7241.JPGRead my speech to the Academy of Ideas, Battle of Ideas Weekend, on 14 October 2018 about reviving our industrial heartlands and small towns.

Why are we talking about the rust belt?

The short answer is Brexit. The referendum ripped a scab off, revealing the feelings of many for whom the benefits of modernisation and globalisation seemed marginal.

They saw their concerns ignored at best, ridiculed at worst.

This had been brewing for a decade or more.

Can we revive Britain's rust belt? - my speech at the Battle of Ideas

Read my speech to the Academy of Ideas, Battle of Ideas Weekend, on 14 October 2018 about reviving our industrial heartlands and small towns. Why are we talking about the... Read more

NS_fringe_Caroline_speaking_250918.JPGMy speech on "The Final Deal: Which Way will Labour Vote?" - a New Statesman fringe meeting at Labour Conference, 25 September 2018.

 

How do we differ from the Tories on Brexit?

Here’s the problem.

Labour has allowed this debate to be dominated by voices that repeatedly brand Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May as having the same approach on Brexit.

So Labour doesn’t get any credit for shifting the Government’s position.

The Final Brexit Deal - read my speech 25 September

My speech on "The Final Deal: Which Way will Labour Vote?" - a New Statesman fringe meeting at Labour Conference, 25 September 2018.   How do we differ from the... Read more

Labour_First_240918.JPGRead my speech at the Labour First Rally at Labour Conference 24 September 2018

 

I want to give you my advice for our approach when we leave this conference.

First, the job of every Labour MP and every councillor is leadership.

It is to support our members, to maintain morale and always keep our party facing outwards, close to the public we seek to represent.

MPs need to be in their constituencies; at their party meetings, supporting members; welcoming new members, keeping people in the Labour Party and leading members onto doorsteps.

My speech at the Labour First Rally, Liverpool 24 September 2018

Read my speech at the Labour First Rally at Labour Conference 24 September 2018   I want to give you my advice for our approach when we leave this conference.... Read more

Resolution_Fdn_CF_speaking_with_purpose_250918.jpgRead my speech to the Resolution Foundation fringe meeting at Labour Conference 25 September 2018

The debate on what Brexit will look like is dominated by short-hand. 

A Brexit lexicon.

Will it be the Norway model; or WTO plus plus; or Canada plus plus plus?

Despite talk of a Norway model, we’re not Norway. We’re not Canada.

We are in unchartered territory. This is brand new ground.

There is no precedent for a country the size of the UK leaving the European Union.

Labour and Brexit - my speech 25 September 2018

Read my speech to the Resolution Foundation fringe meeting at Labour Conference 25 September 2018 The debate on what Brexit will look like is dominated by short-hand.  A Brexit lexicon.... Read more

My speech to the Community Union/Fabian Society Fringe meeting entitled "Should we Fear the Machines? Opportunities and Challenges of Technological Change for Workers" - Labour Conference 25 September 2018.

We need to prepare for the rise of the robots.

One view is that robots will lead to mass unemployment – and technology will bring about capitalism’s collapse.

A kind of techie Trotskyism.

Another view is that robots will enable us all to have a guaranteed minimum income and most of us can work a 20 hour week.

A kind of Scandi Utopia.

"Should we fear the Machines?" - my speech 25 September 2018

My speech to the Community Union/Fabian Society Fringe meeting entitled "Should we Fear the Machines? Opportunities and Challenges of Technological Change for Workers" - Labour Conference 25 September 2018. We... Read more

My Speech to the University of Oslo British Politics Society 18 September 2018.

 

May I begin by saying: Takk for invitasjonen her.

You may be pleased to know that will be my first and last attempt at Norwegian today.

Thank you to Professor Wold; to the British Politics Society, to the University of Oslo, for hosting today’s lecture; and for everyone who has come to take part.

A Woman's Place is in the House - my speech

My Speech to the University of Oslo British Politics Society 18 September 2018.   May I begin by saying: Takk for invitasjonen her. You may be pleased to know that... Read more

CF_pay_cap_question240718.JPGOn Tuesday 24 July, I challenged Treasury Minister Liz Truss to guarantee real pay increases to staff in public services.

Watch my intervention HERE.

Read more HERE.

Flint challenges Government over pay awards

On Tuesday 24 July, I challenged Treasury Minister Liz Truss to guarantee real pay increases to staff in public services. Watch my intervention HERE. Read more HERE.

Caroline today spoke in Parliament to raise the issue of children with alcohol dependent parents and welcome the news that £6 million will be spent to support children of alcoholics after significant lobbying from Caroline. 

Caroline raises Doncaster's alcohol family support programme in Parliament

Caroline today spoke in Parliament to raise the issue of children with alcohol dependent parents and welcome the news that £6 million will be spent to support children of alcoholics... Read more

pauline_Alan_Ros__Caroline_and_phil.JPGSpeech by Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP to the NHS 70th Birthday event in Edlington

Welcome to everyone and to our honoured guest Mayor Jones. 

It is a pleasure to be here, although I wanted to start by giving you a tweet posted by my daughter earlier this week:

“2 x broken writs, 1 x snapped thumb, 1 x dislocated finger, 1 x removal of grit in knee, 3 x torn ligaments, 4 x sprained ankles, 3 x asthma attacks, 2 x kdney infections, 15 x flu jabs.  Thanks for fixing me up all these years me up all these years #NHS70”

Caroline Flint's speech to the Edlington NHS 70th Birthday event 8 July 2018

Speech by Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP to the NHS 70th Birthday event in Edlington Welcome to everyone and to our honoured guest Mayor Jones.  It is a pleasure to... Read more

I strongly believe that we need to respect the outcome of the referendum and the Article 50 process. Read my speech in Parliament during the debate on the EU (Withdrawal) Bill on 13 June 2018 - or click on the photo to watch it.

Since the referendum, I’m afraid in this place and outside, the debate has often been polarised between hard-line Brexiteers, who feel we can walk away without a deal and walk off a cliff edge. And, I’m afraid to say, hard-line Remainers who do not accept the result of the referendum and do want to find whatever way possible to stay in. And that is why I am not supporting Amendment 51 today.

My speech in Parliament on Brexit and why a "Norway deal" is wrong for the UK

I strongly believe that we need to respect the outcome of the referendum and the Article 50 process. Read my speech in Parliament during the debate on the EU (Withdrawal)... Read more

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