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.
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.
On Tuesday 19 February, Caroline led a debate in Parliament demanding a better transport offer Don Valley towns.
- Why I won't prop up a Tory Government.
- Keeping my general election promises.
- Why I'm determined not to help the Rees-Mogg and Johnson hard-Brexiters.
Don Valley - a diverse constituency.
Don Valley constituency covers the South, East and West of Doncaster, a total of 31 villages, plus a few hamlets. It covers about forty per cent of the area of Doncaster Borough, the largest metropolitan borough in the country. The constituency runs from Old Denaby in the west, to Thorne in the North east of the borough. It takes its name from the River Don which flows along the northern boundary of Denaby Main, Conisbrough and Warmsworth.
This diverse constituency includes Thorne & Hatfield Moors, which are part of the Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve; the Northern Racing College, the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster Sheffield Airport (also known as Robin Hood Airport), Conisbrough Castle (which features in Walter Scott's Ivanhoe) and Tickhill Castle. Don Valley does not include any of the town centre.
There are seven wards in the constituency, covering over 31 towns and villages, plus a few small hamlets.
On its western edge is Old Denaby, where the poet Ted Hughes had a paper round as a child. It southern edge borders Nottinghamshire and includes Bawtry, a 16th century port which has the address "No.1 Yorkshire." It's south east corner includes Austerfield, home to William Bradford, leader of the Pilgrim Fathers who departed on the Mayflower. It's north east corner includes part of Hatfield Chase, former hunting grounds of Charles 1; and the former colliery and market town of Thorne; with a history of boat building and skirted by canals. To find out about visiting Don Valley, go to Visit Doncaster.
The wards were reorganised in 2015 to reduce the number of councillors. This did not alter your constituency or who is your MP. The Parliamentary constituency did not change.
Don Valley's wards
Conisbrough: with Denaby Main, Old Denaby and Clifton.
Edlington & Warmsworth: with Old Edlington.
Finningley: with Auckley, Bessacarr (part), Blaxton, Branton, Cantley (part), Hayfield Green and Old Cantley.
Hatfield: with Dunscroft, Dunsville and Hatfield Woodhouse.
Rossington & Bawtry: with Old Rossington and Austerfield.
Thorne: with Hatfield Woodhouse and Lindholme village.
Tickhill & Wadworth: comprising Braithwell, Hesley, Loversall, Micklebring, Stainton, Stancil, Wellingley and Wilsic.
Caroline Flint holds surgeries in every ward, each month except August, 77 surgeries in total. As a local MP, Caroline lives in Sprotbrough, which used to be part of this constituency before a boundary change in 2010, which put her half a mile outside of her constituency! Caroline has lived in Sprotbrough since 1997 and her three children attended local schools in Doncaster.