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Caroline Flint MP

 Caroline  Flint  MP
Caroline Flint MP is Minister of State for Employment and Welfare Reform at the Department for Work and Pensions, having previously been Minister for Public Health at the Department of Health. Before this, she was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Home Office from June 2003 to May 2005, responsible for reducing organised and international crime, anti-drugs co-ordination and international and European issues.

Before joining the Home Office she was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Dr John Reid, in his capacity as Leader of the House and Minister without Portfolio/Labour Party Chair and before that appointment Caroline was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Peter Hain in his capacity as Minister of State at the DTI and FCO respectively.

Prior to becoming a Minister in June 2003, Caroline was Chair of the All Party Childcare Group, which she founded; and was a member of the House of Commons Administration Committee and is a keen advocate of modernisation of Parliament. She served on the Education and Employment Select Committee from 1997-99. In 2003, she joined the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, committing to 29 days of work with the army. As part of the scheme, she visited Iraq in June 2003, to see the security and reconstruction work of HM Forces.

A dedicated constituency MP, Caroline has represented Don Valley since 1997. Caroline is a former local government officer and prior to becoming an MP, Caroline was the senior researcher and political officer for the GMB union, and is a GMB member. She was educated at Twickenham Girls' School, Richmond Tertiary College and the University of East Anglia.

Caroline is married with three children. She enjoys going to the cinema and time with family and friends.