Caroline Dinenage is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head. She was elected in May 2010 with a majority of 14,413 votes. She was re-elected in 2015 with an increased majority.
Prior to her election, she ran a successful local business and served as an effective member of Winchester Council. After contesting the Portsmouth South seat in 2005, she was selected in one of only two all-postal ballot Open Primaries to be the Conservative candidate for Gosport.
Since her election, Caroline has forged a strong reputation on a wide variety of local and national issues.
Caroline in Parliament
Caroline has over 20 years of experience as a small business-owner, having established her own manufacturing company in a gap year before university. A strong supporter of small and medium-sized enterprise, UK industry and skills training in Parliament, Caroline uses her expertise as a member of the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee to champion these issues. More recently, she was appointed the Small Business Ambassador for the South by the Prime Minister in June 2013.
Caroline is passionate about boosting literacy and numeracy in the UK, and called for the BIS Select Committee to launch a landmark inquiry into the country's basic skills gap. She also formed the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Maths and Numeracy of which she is Co-Chair.
Caroline has a keen interest in defence issues, served as the Vice-Chairman (Navy) of the APPG for the Armed Forces for 4 years and successfully campaigned to secure a medal for the Arctic Convoy veterans. She has regularly spoken up on Forces welfare issues, such as the effect of the airbridge from Afghanistan on R&R times, where she secured a key concession.
In April 2014, Caroline was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP.
In May 2015, Caroline was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice and Minister for Women and Equalities. You can find more information about her responsibilities here.
As a truly local MP, who has lived in South Hampshire her whole life, Caroline stands up for what matters to her constituents. She has secured a number of considerable government investments for the local area, including over £25 million for the Enterprise Zone at Daedalus and a £19.7 million funding package for long-awaited infrastructure upgrades between Fareham and Gosport.
Caroline has also kick-started a campaign to reinvigorate Gosport High Street as part of her commitment to generating growth and jobs locally. Having built up a glowing track record of supporting enterprise and innovation locally, Caroline played a key role in the creation of the Solent Enterprise Zone and the successful 'Bridging the Gap' Regional Growth Fund bid for new and growing businesses in Gosport, Portsmouth & Havant.
Making the most of her constituency's prime coastal location, Caroline has worked hard to promote the area as a world class hub for marine activities and formed the Gosport Marine Scene in 2011 to promote the interests of local maritime businesses.
Caroline is dedicated to reaching out to all her constituents with her regular surgeries and street stalls. She's met with hundreds of local businesses and voluntary groups and has succeeded in visiting all 41 constituency schools.
With two young sons to keep her busy, Caroline enjoys making the most of Gosport's fantastic coastal location in her rare moments of spare time, she is qualified to drive powerboats, sail yachts and in PADI open water diving. She has risked both a parachute jump and an abseil of Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower to raise funds for local charities. She also enjoys skiing, horse racing and set up the first ever parliamentary netball group!