MPs and peers launch manifesto in support of children of alcoholic parents

A third Labour MP has spoken of the “secrecy, shame and fear” of living with an alcoholic parent, as she urged more government action to help the children of people with alcohol problems.

Caroline Flint, a former Labour minister, spoke of her “beautiful and kind” mother, Wendy, who died from pneumonia at 45 after years of alcoholism.

She gave the speech at the launch of a political manifesto in support of the children of people with alcohol problems, alongside Liam Byrne, another former Labour minister, who said his father was an alcoholic.

Jonathan Ashworth, a Labour shadow cabinet minister, also spoke recently to the Guardian about growing up with an alcoholic father.

The group of MPs and peers behind the manifesto said Britain was facing a “secret scandal” over failings in the care of the country’s 2.5 million childrenwhose parents misused alcohol.

Flint spoke of how she had to move into lodgings as a teenager when her mother’s drinking became too much and she was so worried about her family that she volunteered at night at a telephone counselling service so she could call home.

“The sad truth is these parents, who we love and hate in the same moment of every single day that we are living through this, their misuse of alcohol, their heavy drinking, the parents who drink so heavily that they are wasted the next day, the life-long alcoholics, they affect their children in a way that lasts a lifetime, that transcends beyond their childhood into their…


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