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Caroline Flint is a British politician who served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Don Valley from 1997 to 2019. A member of the Labour Party, she attended the Cabinet of the United Kingdom as Minister for Housing and Planning in 2008 and Minister for Europe from 2008 to 2009. One of 101 female Labour MPs elected at the 1997 general election, Caroline Flint served in the government of Tony Blair as a junior Home Office Minister from 2003 to 2005 and Public Health Minister from 2005 to 2007.
Flint remained in government under Gordon Brown as both Employment Minister and a Regional Minister from 2007 until 2008, when she was promoted to the Cabinet. She resigned in 2009, citing disagreement with the leadership of the Prime Minister. Flint was elected to the shadow cabinet following Labour’s 2010 election defeat and appointed Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary by opposition leader Ed Miliband. She was Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary from 2011 to 2015, and finished third place in the 2015 deputy Labour leadership contest. Flint returned to the backbenches in 2015 and was defeated in her seat at the 2019 general election.
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Caroline Louise Flint was born on September 20, 1961 (age 60 years) at a home for unmarried mothers in Twickenham, Middlesex, United Kingdom. Her mother, Wendy Beasley, was a typist who gave birth to her at 17 years old. Caroline never knew her father’s identity, but she was adopted at 2-year-old by TV technician Peter Flint after he married her mother. She grew up in a one-bedroom flat with her parents and half-brother and sister but lost contact with Peter after he divorced her mother during her early teens. After becoming a heavy drinker, Wendy died from liver failure at the age of 45.
Flint was educated at Twickenham Girls’ School and Richmond Tertiary College. Flint earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of East Anglia in American Literature/History with Film Studies. She joined the Labour Party in 1979 and served as women’s officer for the National Organisation of Labour Students from 1982 to 1984.
She began her career at the Inner London Education Authority, where she was a management trainee from 1984 to 1985 and a policy officer from 1985 to 1987. She was head of the women’s unit at the National Union of Students from 1988 to 1989. Flint worked at Lambeth Council as an equal opportunities Officer from 1989 to 1991, and a welfare and staff development officer from 1991 to 1993. She was a senior researcher and political officer for the trade union GMB from 1994 to 1997.
Caroline Flint was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Don Valley at the 1997 general election. She has been re-elected at the 2001, 2005, 2010, 2015, and 2017 general elections. Flint is a member of the Fabian Society and of Labour Friends of Israel. Flint became Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Peter Hain in 1999, while he was a Minister of State at the Department of Trade and Industry and Foreign Office. She changes roles to become PPS to John Reid in 2002, while he served as Leader of the House of Commons and Minister without portfolio.
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Flint entered government as a junior minister in June 2003, as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Home Affairs. During her tenure at the Home Office, Flint reclassified magic mushrooms as a Class A drug. She pushed through the bill despite some concerns from Parliamentary colleagues. She was moved to the Public Health portfolio at the Department of Health in May 2005, initially as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and as a Minister of State from May 2006.
She was responsible for government programmes such as the prevention of communicable diseases and sex education as health minister. She oversaw campaigns to tackle issues such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. In the 2007 deputy Labour leadership election, Flint was the campaign manager for cabinet minister Hazel Blears. Her bid was unsuccessful, and she finished sixth place in the election. After Gordon Brown became Prime Minister, Flint moved to the Department for Work and Pensions as Minister for Employment and Welfare Reform. She was also appointed to one of the new regional ministerial roles, as Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber.
In January 2008, Caroline Flint was promoted to attend the Cabinet of the United Kingdom as Minister of State for Housing and Planning. She was also appointed to the Privy Council. During her tenure in the role, Flint suggested unemployed council tenants should “actively seek work” as a condition of their occupancy. She once inadvertently revealed house price forecasts when her briefing papers were visible to the press.
Caroline Flint moved roles to become Minister of State for Europe in the October 2008 government reshuffle. Although remaining a Cabinet attendee, she was now only entitled to attend when her brief was on the agenda. Flint notably oversaw the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty into UK law in her role and was criticized for admitting to not fully reading the document.
Flint resigned from government after the June 2009 reshuffle, asserting that Brown ran a “two-tier government” and treated her as “female window dressing”. Flint renewed her attack on Brown in a subsequent Observer article, complaining of “constant pressure” and “negative bullying”. In an investigation following the 2009 expenses scandal, she was required to repay £572 in over-claimed expenses. Flint voted in-favour of legislation that would have kept MPs’ expense details secret.
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Caroline Flint was elected to the shadow cabinet in October 2010 after Labour’s defeat at the 2010 general election. She was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by party leader Ed Miliband, and reshuffled to Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in October 2011. Flint abstained from the 2011 Commons vote on military intervention in Libya.
Flint stood as a candidate in the deputy Labour leadership election after the 2015 general election. Seen as an early front-runner, she gained 43 MP nominations but finished third place. In the 2015 Parliament, Flint was a member of the Public Accounts Committee, Intelligence and Security Committee, Administration Committee, Education Sub-Committee, Education and Employment Committee, and Modernisation of the Commons Committee.
She campaigned for Remain during the 2016 EU referendum, in opposition to her leave-voting constituency. Following the vote, Flint called for acceptance of the result to “allow the voices of her constituents to be heard”. She supported Owen Smith in the failed attempt to replace Jeremy Corbyn in the subsequent Labour leadership election. Flint was a frequent rebel against the Labour leadership’s Brexit position, defying the party whip on several votes to support the government and oppose pro-EU bills and amendments.
Caroline Flint was one of six Labour MPs to vote in favour of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit withdrawal agreement. Following flooding in her constituency in November 2019, she called on the Prime Minister to declare a national emergency to provide financial help to affected families. Flint lost her seat at the 2019 general election to Conservative candidate Nick Fletcher.
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She attributed the defeat in the 2019 elections to Corbyn’s leadership, criticizing the party for losing public trust and being too city-centric and anti-Brexit. In a later interview, she claimed that shadow cabinet minister Emily Thornberry had called northern Brexit voters “stupid”. Thornberry denied the allegation and threatened legal action against Flint. After her election defeat, she was described by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as “first-rate” and mentioned by Cabinet Minister Michael Gove as the Labour Leader he would have feared most.
Caroline Flint was appointed to chair the Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust in May 2021 and Committee on Fuel Poverty in January 2022. She made several appearances on GB News from August 2021 but ceased to appear several months later. Along with several other Labour women MPs, she was a member of a tap dancing troupe known as the Division Belles.
Caroline Flint is married to Phil Cole, they had their wedding in July 2001. Her husband is a PR professional and former Labour Party officer. Flint later employed her husband Phil Cole as her constituency office manager, and he has been a Member of Doncaster Council since 2012. However, Flint was married to her first husband Saief Zammel, they held their wedding in 1987. Her ex-husband was a Tunisian stockbroker, with whom she had a son, Karim Zammel, and daughter, Hanna Zammel. She divorced Zammel in 1990, who was charged with violent disorder and later deported from England after an incident involving her. As of mid-2022, Caroline Flint and her husband Phil Cole are still married and they reside in Sprotbrough, South Yorkshire.
Caroline Flint net worth
How much is Caroline Flint worth? Caroline Flint net worth is estimated at around $4 million. Her main source of income is from her career as a politician. Flint’s salary per month with other career earnings is over $500 thousand annually. Her successful career has earned her some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. She is one of the richest and most influential politicians in the United Kingdom. Caroline Flint stands at an appealing height of 1.71m and has a good body weight which suits her personality.