MP Caroline Flint tells the moving story of living with her alcoholic mother as a child

MP Caroline Flint tells the moving story of living with her alcoholic mother as a child

Caroline Flint is supporting a manifesto to support vulnerable children

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Labour MP Caroline Flint joined Julia Hartley-Brewer this morning and told the moving story of living with her alcoholic mother as a child.

MPs and peers have launched a manifesto in support of children with alcoholic parents, calling on the government to help the situation, which they call a "secret scandal." 

Caroline Flint MP has spoken out about her mother's own alcoholism, and she told Julia that sharing her story has been "quite overwhelming and very emotional."

She added: "As a child you feel it’s only happening to you and this isn’t normal, and that’s where the secrecy comes in."

When she first became an MP almost 20 years ago she was "very conscious of not wanting to be defined by it or judged by it," but there wasn't the same support for people speaking out. 

The MP also told of how she thinks her mother's alcoholism came from "a massive amount of low self-esteem". Flint would go to school "and you didn’t know what you were going to come home to." Her mother "would be angry sometimes, it might get somewhat violent – more the threat of it than anything else.

”I ended up having to go to a charity to help me with some money to move out of home again in the middle of my 'A' levels.

"You love this person but an hate them at the same time."

Listen to the full audio above