In the key Commons Brexit votes on Tuesday, Caroline Flint honoured her election pledges to oppose meaningless delay to the UK leaving the European Union.
Ms Flint voted for the Labour Jeremy Corbyn amendment, which reflected Labour policy, and backed the Dromey/Spellman amendment which signalled parliament’s preference for the UK to avoid leaving without a deal.
Said Flint to the Prime Minister: “Does the Prime Minister agree with her Work and Pensions Secretary that half of lone parents and around two thirds of working age couples with children under Universal Credit will lose the equivalent of £2400 a year?”
My speech on "The Final Deal: Which Way will Labour Vote?" - a New Statesman fringe meeting at Labour Conference, 25 September 2018.
How do we differ from the Tories on Brexit?
Here’s the problem.
Labour has allowed this debate to be dominated by voices that repeatedly brand Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May as having the same approach on Brexit.
So Labour doesn’t get any credit for shifting the Government’s position.
Read my speech to the Resolution Foundation fringe meeting at Labour Conference 25 September 2018
The debate on what Brexit will look like is dominated by short-hand.
A Brexit lexicon.
Will it be the Norway model; or WTO plus plus; or Canada plus plus plus?
Despite talk of a Norway model, we’re not Norway. We’re not Canada.
We are in unchartered territory. This is brand new ground.
There is no precedent for a country the size of the UK leaving the European Union.
The MP argued that history is about "ordinary people doing extraordinary things".
Caroline told the Commons:
"This is an amazing day for all of us women who have been elected to Parliament. I am the 201st woman to be elected.
On the centenary of women first getting the vote, Caroline Flint, the Member of Parliament for Don Valley paid tribute to the women who fought for the right to vote.
“Today, I am celebrating the landmark centenary year of the first women being given the right to vote. It is such a proud moment for us to celebrate the tremendous courage of those brave women who fought so hard for change and the legacy they have left behind.
Photo top right: Yorkshire MPs pledge to carry on the fight for equality - Caroline Flint, Tracy Brabin, Mary Creagh and Holly Lynch on the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage.
It seems I have adopted a rather controversial view about Brexit: that, perhaps, all the partisans – leavers and remainers – should bury our differences and work together. That’s proving more difficult than it should be. No one in politics likes to concede defeat, particularly if they secretly dislike some of their opponents.
This is the text of my article on the Government's Brexit Bill published in the Sunday Telegraph on 3 September 2017.
When Parliament returns, the first major item of business will be the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.