Caroline Flint

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The Right Honourable
Caroline Flint
MP
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Flint in 2017
Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
In office
7 October 2011 – 14 September 2015
Leader Edward Miliband
Harriet Harman (Acting)
Preceded by Meg Hillier
Succeeded by Lisa Nandy
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
In office
8 October 2010 – 7 October 2011
Leader Edward Miliband
Preceded by John Denham
Succeeded by Hilary Benn
Minister of State for Europe
In office
3 October 2008 – 5 June 2009
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Jim Murphy
Succeeded by Glenys Kinnock
Minister of State for Housing and Planning
In office
24 January 2008 – 3 October 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Yvette Cooper
Succeeded by Margaret Beckett
Minister of State for Employment
In office
28 June 2007 – 24 January 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Jim Murphy
Succeeded by Stephen Timms
Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber
In office
28 June 2007 – 24 January 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Rosie Winterton
Minister of State for Public Health
In office
5 May 2005 – 28 June 2007
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Melanie Johnson
Succeeded by Dawn Primarolo
Member of Parliament
for Don Valley
Assumed office
1 May 1997
Preceded by Martin Redmond
Majority 5,169 (11.2%)
Personal details
Born (1961-09-20) 20 September 1961 (age 58)
Website Official website


Caroline Louise Flint MP (born 20 September 1961) has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Don Valley since 1997. She served in the Government as the Minister for Public Health from 2005 to 2007, the Minister for Employment from 2007 to 2008, the Minister for Housing and Planning in 2008, and finally as the Minister for Europe from 2008 to 2009.

In 2010, Edward Miliband appointed her Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. From 2011 to 2015, she was Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

Parliamentary career

In 1999, Flint became Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Peter Hain while he was Minister of State at the Department of Trade and Industry and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before in 2002 becoming Parliamentary Private Secretary to John Reid, while he was Leader of the House of Commons and Minister without portfolio.

Initially joining the government in June 2003 as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office, Flint was moved in May 2005 to the Department of Health with responsibility for Public Health first as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and from May 2006 as Minister of State in the same role.

In 29 June 2007 Flint moved to the Department for Work and Pensions where she served as the Minister for Employment and Welfare Reform. Flint was also appointed to the new position of Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber.

On 24 January 2008, Flint was promoted to Minister of State for Housing and Planning, and as a result would now attend Cabinet meetings. She was also appointed a member of the Privy Council and she relinquished her role as regional minister.

She was moved to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the October 2008 reshuffle, to become the Minister for Europe.