MP stands down following Corbyn election

DON Valley MP Caroline Flint has stepped down from her shadow cabinet role following the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.



She also lost her bid to become deputy leader of the party at the weekend. 

Ms Flint stood down as shadow energy secretary on Sunday.

She said that she did not announce her resignation until after Mr Corbyn’s shadow cabinet appointments were made public.

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Other former shadow cabinet members such as Yvette Cooper, Rachel Reeves and Jamie Reed have also said they did not want to work in a Corbyn shadow cabinet.

Ms Flint said: “I have greatly enjoyed campaigning for the last four years for fair energy bills, to end the scandal of cold homes and for decisive action on climate change, so this was a hard decision to make. 

“In my deputy leader campaign, I spoke about my background and upbringing. My mum inspired me to join the Labour party. I am passionate about giving everyone an equal chance to get on in life, leaving no child behind, especially children whose hopes and dreams are limited by who their parents are or their postcode. I now want to focus on this, and how we get more people from welfare into rewarding work.

“Returning to the backbenches will also allow me to spend more time helping Labour reach out to those voters who turned away from us, but who share many of our values. After months of talking to Labour members and supporters, we now have to begin a wider conversation with the British public.

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“I hope this work will be helpful to Jeremy, the shadow cabinet and the Labour party as we rebuild over the next five years. 

“I remain loyal to the Labour party and will do everything I can to help us win the next General Election in 2020. 

“My first and foremost concern has always been serving my constituents in Don Valley, to which I will continue to devote the same energy as I have for the last 18 years.”