Parliament faces straight forward choices. The Withdrawal Agreement Deal, No Deal; or a long extension which will mean taking part in EU elections whilst campaigners carry on agitating to stop Brexit.
For some, the third choice is the preferred outcome. An absolute majority of MPs are opposed to a second referendum or to revoking Article 50. But Labour’s priority in the 2017 General Election and in the 2018 Party Conference motion was to secure a deal.
Caroline Flint and other South Yorkshire MPs met three Army Cadets from Howden Detachment Army Cadet Force at a presentation in Parliament.
The cadets visited Parliament with Adult Instructor, Staff Sergeant Instructor Emma Murphy, to spread the message about the Army Cadet Force to Members of Parliament from across Humberside and South Yorkshire.
Caroline Flint wore red to join in Red Nose Day activities with pupils at Wadworth Primary this week.
The MP was shown how to make boxes to keep red noses in, after being given a tour of the school by Headteacher Peter McLean.
The MP talked about her trip down the Rossington pit many years ago, as Year 4/5 pupils explained their mining project. After fielding a series of tough questions from older pupils, such as “When will World War III be?” - the answer was “Never, I hope!” - the MP was shown the activities the school undertakes as part of its “Forest School”, where children learn about camping, nature and outdoor skills.
Speaking after the second Meaningful Vote, Caroline Flint said:
“Having secured legal guarantees on workers’ rights, health and safety and environmental standards, last night, I voted for this improved Brexit deal.
“On every key vote I have backed motions tabled by Jeremy Corbyn, including the No Confidence motion against Theresa May on 16 January.
The Don Valley MP was in the Chamber to hear Secretary of State, Greg Clark announce new legislation to protect workers’ rights after Brexit and to give Parliament votes on whether to improve new rights introduced by the European Union 27 states after the UK leaves. Mr Clark said: “I am grateful to the Rt Hon Lady [Caroline] for having initiated this conversation.”
Rebecca Long-Bailey, Shadow Secretary of State for Business thanked the Don Valley MP and three other colleagues for having “unrelentingly championed the protection of British workers as we leave the EU.” Ms Long Bailey also mentioned Melanie Onn MP, John Mann MP and Gareth Snell MP, who jointly lobbied Government for these changes.
Caroline Flint has demanded that local communities get a say over the new £1.6billion Stronger Towns Fund.
Welcoming the new fund, the Don Valley MP told Secretary of State for Communities, James Brokenshire: “It shouldn’t have taken a referendum and Brexit to hear the focus we are hearing today on towns.”
Caroline was on Ridge on Sunday, explaining to Sophy that all MPs should be working towards getting an improved Brexit deal.
Watch some quick clips below of Caroline explaining her position.
Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has expressed concern about the management of the rail system, as a new report by the Public Accounts Committee is released today.
The Committee has found that the railways faced “unacceptable” levels of disruption in 2018, and that this year looks to be another difficult year for both passengers and the rail industry. Causing concern are further significant timetable changes, as well increased amounts of maintenance work and large improvement projects rolling out.
Caroline Flint has lent her support to Rossington All Saints Academy who were focusing on business and the world of work.
The Academy’s business partner is Amazon, who have created over 1,200 jobs at the Rossington iPort; and the Don Valley MP met pupils who were preparing CVs for the world of work.
Call me old-fashioned, but as a democratic socialist I believe politics is about principles. The “democratic” part matters. You make election promises. You keep them. After 22 years in parliament, I thought that was how democracy worked. Straightforward, honest politics.