Caroline Flint spoke at the University of East Anglia on 3 December 2015 as part of the autumn ‘Charles Clarke in-conversation’ series.
Caroline has been a member of the Labour party since 1979. She is one of Labour’s best known parliamentarians and frequently appears on current affairs programmes. After Labour’s defeat in the general election in May 2015, Caroline stood for the post of Deputy Leader.
Her first Ministerial appointment, in 2003, was as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office, before being moved to the Department of Health in 2005 as Minister for Public Health. Since then, she served in Government as Minister for Employment from 2007-2008, for Housing and Planning in 2008 and for Europe from 2008-2009. In 2010, Caroline was elected to Labour’s Shadow Cabinet and was subsequently appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by former Labour Leader Ed Milliband.
Previously Caroline worked in the voluntary sector and for a trade union before becoming an MP. in local government she was a union shop-steward. She is a member of Community Union and the GMB.
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