Talking with the Daily Telegraph's Christopher Hope for Chopper's Brexit Podcast.
Click on the pic to hear our conversation. My interview is 18.25 into the podcast.
Caroline Flint has met Prisons Minister, Rory Stewart, to discuss a new Government project to improve prisons.
Said Caroline: "I am very grateful to the Minister for meeting. Two of the prisons in the 10 Prisons Project - HMP Lindholme and HMP Moorland - are in Don Valley. The Project seeks to tackle drugs, improve maintenance of prisons, and improve training of staff. Every prison officer in those establishments would welcome this - but it is vital for my constituents and other staff who work in these prisons, that their safety and working life is improved by this Project. It must deliver for them."
Listen to my discussion with Carolyn Quinn and guests on the Westminster Hour, talking about...you've guessed it, Brexit, Brexit and Brexit.
This programme was first broadcast on Radio 4, Sunday 31 March 2019 at 10pm
Speaking after today’s vote (29 March) on the EU Withdrawal Agreement, Caroline Flint said:
“Today, the day we should have left the EU, Parliament let down the people and businesses of Don Valley.
“Parliament has strained the patience of people who thought that over 1,000 days after the referendum, the UK should have left already.
“I hope everyone understands that today’s vote was a vote to block Brexit. I couldn’t support that.
“I voted to guarantee that the UK would leave the EU on 22 May. Today, that option was thrown away.
Speaking after the Commons Indicative Votes, Caroline Flint said:
"Yesterday, I voted in line with my general election pledges to respect the vote and to support a deal.
“None of yesterday’s debate was about the Deal the EU has asked Parliament to make a decision on. Some motions were about the future trading relationships, but a few motions were efforts to stop Brexit or force a second referendum. I voted against both of those proposals.
The Don Valley told the Prime Minister: “the British public, want us to come to some sort of compromise and move forward” adding “there is agreement with the Withdrawal Agreement, but there are concerns about the future relationship on trade and security going forward.“
Residents will be aware that in May 2018, just days before the Natwest branch closed, Bawtry Post Office on Station Road, closed without warning.
Since then, there has been an ongoing effort, supported by the Town Council, to secure a new post office - and in the longer term to establish banking back in the town.
Last summer, Post Office Ltd agreed to a have a mobile post office opening in the library two mornings each week. We are all grateful to the library for helping this to happen, but for the long term, Bawtry needs a permanent post office.
Over 8 million people on direct debits paid energy firms in advance this winter, but because of milder weather, never used the energy in the end. The average customer is £108 in credit.