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Caroline Flint

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Gender Female
Age 61
Web site www.carolineflint.org
Date of birth September 20,1961
Zodiac sign Virgo
Born Twickenham
United Kingdom
ParentsWendy Beasley
Office Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom
SpousePhil Cole
Saief Zammel
ChildrenHanna Zammel
Karim Zammel
BooksEvidence by Caroline Flint Mp on Asylum Procedures,Report with Evidence,1st Report of Session: House of Lords Papers 2003-04,8
Sensitive Midwifery
Do Birth: A Gentle Guide to Labour and Childbirth.
Midwifery teams and caseloads
Communicating Midwifery: Twenty Years of Experience
Community Midwifery: A Practical Guide
Burning Issues (Midwifery Issues)
Karim Zammel
Karim Zammel
Job Politician
Education Richmond upon Thames College
University of East Anglia
Party Labour Party
Date of Reg.
Date of Upd.
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Caroline Flint Life story


Caroline Louise Flint is a British politician who served as Member of Parliament for Don Valley from 1997 to 2019. A member of the Labour Party, she attended the Cabinet of the United Kingdom as Minister for Housing and Planning in 2008 and Minister for Europe from 2008 to 2009.

Caroline Louise Flint (born 20 September 1961) is a British politician who served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Don Valley from 1997 to 2019. A member of the Labour Party, she attended the Cabinet of the United Kingdom as Minister for Housing and Planning in 2008 and Minister for Europe from 2008 to 2009.

One of 101 female Labour MPs elected at the 1997 general election, Flint served in the government of Tony Blair as a junior Home Office Minister from 2003 to 2005 and Public Health Minister from 2005 to 2007. She remained in government under Gordon Brown as both Employment Minister and a Regional Minister from 2007 until 2008, when she was promoted to the Cabinet. She resigned in 2009, citing disagreement with the leadership of the Prime Minister.

Flint was elected to the shadow cabinet following Labour's 2010 election defeat, and appointed Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary by opposition leader Ed Miliband. She was Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary from 2011 to 2015, and finished third-place in the 2015 deputy Labour leadership contest. Flint returned to the backbenches in 2015 and was defeated in her seat at the 2019 general election.

Early life and career


Caroline Louise Flint was born on 20 September 1961 in Twickenham, Middlesex. She was educated at Twickenham Girls' School and Richmond Tertiary College, and joined the Labour Party at 17. Flint earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of East Anglia in American Literature/History with Film Studies. She served as women's officer for the National Organisation of Labour Students from 1982 to 1984.She began her career at the Inner London Education Authority, where she was management trainee from 1984 to 1985 and policy officer from 1985 to 1987. Flint was head of the women's unit at the National Union of Students from 1988 to 1989. She worked at Lambeth Council as an equal opportunities Officer from 1989 to 1991, and a welfare and staff development officer from 1991 to 1993. She was the senior researcher and political officer for the GMB Union from 1994 to 1997.

Parliamentary career


Flint was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Don Valley at the 1997 general election. She was re-elected at the 2001, 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2017 general elections. She is a member of the Fabian Society and of Labour Friends of Israel.

Parliamentary Private Secretary (1999–2003)


Flint became Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Peter Hain in 1999, while he was a Minister of State at the Department of Trade and Industry and Foreign Office. She changes roles to become PPS to John Reid in 2002, while he served as Leader of the House of Commons and Minister without portfolio.

Junior Minister and Minister (2003–2008)


She entered government as a junior minister in June 2003, as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Home Affairs. During her tenure at the Home Office, Flint reclassified magic mushrooms as a Class A drug. She pushed through the bill despite some concerns from Parliamentary colleagues.Flint was moved to the Public Health portfolio at the Department of Health in May 2005, initially as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and later a Minister of State from May 2006. As a health minister, she was responsible for government programmes such as the prevention of communicable diseases and sex education. She oversaw campaigns to tackle issues such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

In the 2007 deputy Labour leadership election, Flint was the campaign manager for cabinet minister Hazel Blears. Her bid was unsuccessful, and she finished sixth-place in the election.

After Gordon Brown became Prime Minister, Flint moved to the Department for Work and Pensions as Minister for Employment and Welfare Reform. She was also appointed to one of the new regional ministerial roles, as Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber.

Cabinet Minister (2008–2009)


In January 2008, Flint was promoted to the cabinet as Minister of State for Housing and Planning. She was also appointed to the Privy Council. During her tenure in the role, Flint suggested that unemployed council tenants should "actively seek work" as a condition of their occupancy. In a gaffe, she inadvertently revealed house price forecasts when her briefing papers were once visible to the press.Flint moved to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the October 2008 reshuffle, remaining in cabinet as Minister for Europe. In her role, she notably oversaw the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty into UK law. Flint attracted criticism upon admitting that she had not read the document in full.She resigned from government after the June 2009 cabinet reshuffle, asserting that Brown was running a "two-tier government" and that she had been treated as "female window dressing". Flint renewed her attack on Brown in an Observer article, defending a glamorous photoshoot, which had allegedly upset Downing Street, and complaining of "this constant pressure, this negative bullying".In an investigation following the 2009 expenses scandal, she was required to repay £572 in over-claimed expenses. Flint voted in-favour of legislation which would have kept MPs' expense details secret.

Shadow Cabinet Minister and Deputy Leadership (2010–2015)


After Labour's defeat at the 2010 general election, Flint was elected to the shadow cabinet in October 2010. She was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by party leader Ed Miliband, and reshuffled to Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in October 2011. Flint abstained on the 2011 Commons vote on military intervention in Libya.After the 2015 general election, she stood as a candidate in the deputy Labour leadership election. Seen as an early front-runner, she gained 43 MP nominations but finished third-place.

Return to Backbenches (2015–2019)


In the 2015 Parliament, Flint was a member of the Public Accounts Committee, Intelligence and Security Committee, Administration Committee, Education Sub-Committee, Education and Employment Committee, and Modernisation of the Commons Committee.She campaigned for Remain during the 2016 EU referendum, in opposition to her leave-voting constituency. Following the vote, Flint called for acceptance of the result to "allow the voices of her constituents to be heard". She supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the subsequent Labour leadership election.Flint was a frequent rebel against the Labour leadership's Brexit position, defying the party whip on several votes to support the government and oppose pro-EU bills and amendments. She was one of six Labour MPs to vote in favour of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit withdrawal agreement.Following flooding in her constituency in November 2019, she called on the Prime Minister to declare a national emergency to provide financial help to affected families.Flint lost her seat at the 2019 general election to Conservative candidate Nick Fletcher. She attributed the defeat to Corbyn's leadership, criticising the party for losing public trust and being too city-centric and anti-Brexit. In a later interview, she claimed that shadow cabinet minister Emily Thornberry had called northern Brexit voters "stupid". Thornberry denied the allegation and threatened legal action.

Post-parliamentary career


Flint was appointed chair of Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust in May 2021.She made several appearances on GB News from August 2021, but ceased appear several months later.

Personal life


Flint's first marriage was to Saief Zammel, a Tunisian stockbroker, whom she divorced in 1990. They had a son and a daughter, media critic and journalist Hanna Flint. In 2019, Hanna spoke-out about a campaign of death threats and malicious messages sent to her mother by an individual.She married Phil Cole in July 2001, a former Labour Party regional officer and PR professional. He was employed by Flint as a parliamentary assistant and has served as a Member of Doncaster Council since 2012. They reside near Flint's former Don Valley constituency in Sprotbrough, South Yorkshire.Along with several other Labour women MPs, she was a member of a tap dancing trupe known as the Division Belles.

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External links


Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom

Contributions in Parliament at Hansard

Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005

Voting record at Public Whip

Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou

Caroline Flint on Twitter

Caroline Flint on The Guardian

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News about Caroline Flint


Brexit: Emily Thornberry warned Labour of dangers of neutral Brexit stance


Brexit: Emily Thornberry warned Labour of dangers of neutral Brexit stance

... She said Caroline Flint s claim she had told an MP from a Leave-voting area I am glad my constituents aren t as stupid as yours was a complete lie ... Feb 16,2020 9:16 am

Labour: Thornberry begins legal action over 'stupid' Brexit claims


Labour: Thornberry begins legal action over 'stupid' Brexit claims

... She said Caroline Flint s claim she had told an MP from a Leave-voting area I am glad my constituents aren t as stupid as yours was a complete lie ... Feb 16,2020 9:14 am

The election to the Bundestag in the year 2019: The leadership takes the blame about the result


The election to the Bundestag in the year 2019: The leadership takes the blame about the result

... Former Labour MP Caroline Flint - who lost her seat on Thursday laid much of the blame at the leadership of the door... Feb 16,2020 9:12 am

The parliamentary election in 2019: How to work the 'red wall' turned blue


The parliamentary election in 2019: How to work the 'red wall' turned blue

... Caroline Flint said she was fighting on two fronts you Lose Don Valley seat in South Yorkshire, Caroline Flint - was never a fan of Mr Corbyn and Left supporters of the debt - to Mr... Feb 16,2020 9:09 am

Election results: Who are the major political casualties?


Election results: Who are the major political casualties?

... Elsewhere, former Labour minister Caroline Flint was defeated by the Conservative s Nick Fletcher in Don Valley, South Yorkshire, a seat Ms Flint held since 1997... Feb 16,2020 9:09 am

Election results: McDonnell blames Brexit for predicted Labour defeat


Election results: McDonnell blames Brexit for predicted Labour defeat

... Another Labour MP to lose her seat, Caroline Flint in Don Valley, said: So many of my voters could not and did not want to support Jeremy Corbyn to be prime minister... Feb 16,2020 9:08 am

Election results 2019: When do we find out who has won?


Election results 2019: When do we find out who has won?

... And Caroline Flint s seat of could also be vulnerable to the Tories... Feb 16,2020 9:06 am

Speaker's election: MPs to choose John Bercow's successor


Speaker's election: MPs to choose John Bercow's successor

... Sir Lindsay said MPs backing him included Conservative Charles Walker, who was one of Mr Bercow s key allies during his tenure, former sports minister Tracey Crouch and Brexit-backing Labour MP Caroline Flint... Feb 16,2020 7:48 am

Headlines: Boris Johnson, Brexit letter is making headlines


Headlines: Boris Johnson, Brexit letter is making headlines

... We had the deal nailed, and we blew it, says Caroline Flint, one of six Labour MPs voted with the government... Feb 16,2020 7:19 am

Brexit: Commons-set for knife-edge votes on the business


Brexit: Commons-set for knife-edge votes on the business

... And Labour MP Caroline Flint, who is expected to return to the PM business, said that the amendment was a panic measure by those who wanted to, deceleration and stop the United Kingdom leave... Feb 16,2020 7:18 am

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