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Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Points of Order (4 Jul 2018)

Caroline Flint: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Points of Order (4 Jul 2018)

Caroline Flint: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. During Prime Minister’s questions, the Prime Minister suggested that when she was chair of education at Merton Council, she put money into early-years education while Labour was making cuts. She was chair of the education board from 1988 to 1990, when the council was Conservative-run and, as far as I recall, there was a Conservative Government. Can you...

LGBT Action Plan (3 Jul 2018)

Caroline Flint: I very much welcome today’s action plan, and I look forward to reading the documentation on the reforms to the Gender Recognition Act 2004. The truth is that equality is never a job done; it is something for which we always have to strive. We would not be here today if there had not been marked progress in this area between 1997 and 2010. In creating a debate on the Gender Recognition...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Caroline Flint: Quite right.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Caroline Flint: I thank my hon. Friend. There will be a point, when we leave the European Union, at which Opposition Members will have to work out what our policies are for the challenges ahead for our country, and I know that on those areas we will come together. There is no precedent for a country the size of the UK leaving the European Union. It is new ground and demands a new relationship, but that...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Caroline Flint: I would urge the right hon. Lady to look at the record in Hansard. I made it very clear that I am not against all immigration, and I also said very clearly that nor are my constituents, but they want to feel that we have better systems in place and that immigration is fair and managed, and that is something they have not felt for a long time.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Caroline Flint: Since the referendum, the debate has often been polarised in this place and outside it between hard-line Brexiteers who feel that we can walk away without a deal and walk off a cliff edge, and hard-line remainers who do not accept the result of the referendum and want to find whatever way possible to stay in the EU. That is why I am not supporting Lords amendment 51. The essential choice for...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Caroline Flint: The right hon. Lady says, “Shame!” I am afraid to say that it is that sort of contribution to this debate that is so unhelpful and divisive, because we have to reach consensus on the way ahead. I believe that we have to be as close as possible to the single market and that there should be a customs arrangement. Importantly, however, I recognise that there is an issue of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Commencement and short title (13 Jun 2018)

Caroline Flint: I absolutely agree with my right hon. and learned Friend that, when we leave the European Union, freedom of movement should end, and this is about what comes next. Does he agree that the EEA Norway-Liechtenstein-Iceland model does not allow us to have control over how freedom of movement will change and ties us in to “no say”? Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland have signed up to...

Rail Timetabling (4 Jun 2018)

Caroline Flint: The Secretary of State has said that he and his Department were asking questions of the industry readiness board, the operators and Network Rail, and that they did not provide him with information that there was going to be such a disaster. In the interests of transparency, would he be prepared to publish any recorded letters, memos or emails that show that his Department was asking the right...

Us Steel and Aluminium Tariffs (4 Jun 2018)

Caroline Flint: I would be really interested to know what arguments the Secretary of State thinks are going to work with the Americans. Last time there was a trade war like this, some 200,000 jobs were lost in the United States. What efforts is he already making to identify and analyse the impact on the US economy? It seems to me that that is the biggest argument we can use.

East Coast Main Line (16 May 2018)

Caroline Flint: The Secretary of State says that Stagecoach and Virgin Trains got their bid wrong, which presumably means that they undercut their competitors. Should there not be a consequence, with Virgin and Stagecoach denied the right to bid for other franchises?

Tributes: Baroness Jowell (14 May 2018)

Caroline Flint: In following my right hon. Friend the Member for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper), as a former Public Health Minister, I can say that I was so glad that Tessa put the public health case for condoms during that briefing—once a Public Health Minister, always a Public Health Minister. Tessa was a lovely and delightful person, but she was not a saint. There were a few...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Ongoing relative tariff differential (30 Apr 2018)

Caroline Flint: May I add another couple of dates to help Members to understand how long it has taken to get us here today? I think that, as I get older, collective memory becomes an even more important asset. It was in October 2011 when the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, held a summit to tackle rising energy prices, and it was in October last year—six years later—when we finally heard talk...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill: Ongoing relative tariff differential (30 Apr 2018)

Caroline Flint: I welcome back to the House this unfinished business. It has been a long-running saga and I have appeared in pretty much every episode for the past six years. I am hoping tonight will be my final appearance on this particular matter, with no repeats to follow. I welcome the proposed absolute price cap. We have arrived at a place where there is much cross-party agreement, but it comes at a...

Surgical Mesh: Cancer Treatment (19 Apr 2018)

Caroline Flint: I am really glad to join friends this afternoon to pay tribute to Tessa’s work. I remember from the last Labour Government how, with Tessa and others, we kept our sanity even when the difficulties were on our own side—some things never change. We were accused of plotting at our dining club, but the only plots were about who would cook the next meal. What I remember is the laughter...

Surgical Mesh: Cancer Treatment (19 Apr 2018)

Caroline Flint: My hon. Friend is coming up with some practical suggestions and creative ways of supporting such families. Does he agree that it is important that the NHS thinks sensitively and creatively about how it can support aftercare once Kaleigh and her family come home?

Gender Pay Gap (18 Apr 2018)

Caroline Flint: I hope the Minister will agree that it was revealing to see that job segregation by gender has an impact on pay. I hope she will also agree that the opportunity to change that is in our hands today, with apprenticeships. This is urgent. It is disappointing that the Government have not set a target for tackling gender segregation when it comes to apprenticeships, although they do have a...

Salisbury Incident (12 Mar 2018)

Caroline Flint: The evidence that the Prime Minister has provided today makes it absolutely clear that the onus is on the Russian state to explain how this nerve agent entered our country. I thank her for her answer to my colleague, the Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee. It is absolutely essential that we can, where possible, ensure that the public are aware of the Russian threat. Does she...

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill (6 Mar 2018)

Caroline Flint: I accept that we are talking about decades—I do not think that the market we ended up with was one that Margaret Thatcher thought that she was creating. The truth is that it was only after 2010 that we had any transparency and could access the data to tell us what was going on with these prices and why the mark-ups were so high. That is an important lesson from all this: transparency in...


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