Caroline Flint

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Caroline Flint is the Labour MP for Don Valley. She entered Parliament at the May 1997 general election.

From 2005 until 2007 Flint was Minister for Public Health, first as Parliamentary Under Secretary and then as Minister of State.

Science Statement 2015

During the 2015 Labour leadership campaign, the group Scientists for Labour contacted all the leader and deputy leader candidates on the topic of their policy ideas regarding science, engineering and technology. Ms Flint's reply can he read at

Tissues and Embryos Bill

As Public Health Minister, Flint was the minister in charge of the draft Tissues and Embryos Bill (2006). The draft received considerable criticism from the scientific community and was extensively revised[1]. Mark Henderson, Science Editor for The Times, wrote that "Ministers who make mistakes too often stand by their bad decisions, fearing the humiliation of a U-turn... Caroline Flint ... thus deserves considerable credit for swallowing her pride over the draft Tissues and Embryos Bill"[2].


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), Caroline Flint voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[3].

On 11th October 2012, Ms Flint appeared on BBC's Question Time. One question was on the topic of Jeremy Hunt's recent remarks on the abortion limit. Ms Flint's response included her questioning Mr Hunt's claims about evidence, and referencing statements pointing out statements on the evidence from The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Royal College of Nursing, and the British Medical Association. Her whole reply can be viewed here: (at 50:30)

Same-Sex Marriage

Caroline Flint voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at both its second reading in February 2013[4] and its third reading in May 2013[5].



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