With half a job per working adult on the Gosport peninsula, Caroline has made economic regeneration an absolute priority. In addition to her work to bring an Enterprise Zone to the disused military airfield at Daedalus, she's been part of a number of successful Regional Growth Fund bids across the area including the 'Bridging the Gap' fund for small and medium businesses which has secured over £4 million for businesses in the Gosport area.

She regularly meets with local employers – from major companies such as BAE to micro-businesses and has been a keen advocate of apprenticeships, supporting schemes at the CEMAST Skills Centre, the Civil Engineering Training Centre and Vector Aerospace among others. You can read more about Caroline's #GetInGoFar campaign here.

Caroline has campaigned for the regeneration of Gosport High Street and waterfront, having met with the British Retail Consortium, backed the Council's submission to the Portas Review, and helped secure £100,000 of funding from the Government.

She's keen to build on Gosport's fantastic location as a world-class yacht destination. In 2011, Caroline was instrumental in the formation of the Gosport Marine Scene, bringing local marine businesses & individuals together to promote the interests of Gosport as a major maritime hub on the south coast. You can find out more about them here.

Caroline has worked closely alongside the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) since its establishment in 2011 with the aim of supporting them to create an environment that will bring about sustainable economic growth and private sector investment in the Solent. She continues to work with the Solent LEP to ensure that the Gosport constituency is at the forefront of regeneration plans and consistently seeks updates on their progress and future plans. The Solent LEP are currently formulating a 'Gosport Infrastructure Investment Plan' with input from key stakeholders which is due to be published soon.

Caroline has also been working alongside Berkeley Homes and the Royal Clarence Marina Residents Association to encourage businesses to open in Royal Clarence Yard. She is keen to see new businesses open alongside such as The Victualler, the Wendy House, The Art Pod Studio and Arty's which have opened in the last couple of years.

Caroline has hosted various events for local entrepreneurs and businesses including a Disability Confident conference and an annual Enterprise Fair which is hosted during Enterprise Week. Caroline has also hosted many events for senior school pupils surrounding business, one which welcomed Baroness Karren Brady for an 'Apprentice' inspired business and entrepreneurship workshop at Bay House School and an event at Bridgemary School which welcomed Jacqueline Gold CBE and a cohort of successful local businesswomen from the local area to help host an Enterprising Women event.

Caroline is an avid supporter of Small Business Saturday and takes part in the event which runs annually, visiting and promoting local small business.


Caroline has worked tirelessly to fulfil her election pledge to secure the best future for the Daedalus site. Having been granted 'Enterprise Zone' status, this site is now well on its way to meeting its full potential and providing the community with jobs and an economic boost.

The site has made immense progress since October 2010, when Caroline first chaired a mini summit with all the key stakeholders and formed the Daedalus Strategy Group, which she continued to chair until October 2015. The group was instrumental in Daedalus's successful bid to become an Enterprise Zone and successive funding bids which have seen over £50 million invested in the site by various bodies. She continues to work closely with the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, Homes & Communities Agency and other stakeholders and has welcomed a number of ministers to the site, including the then Secretary of State, Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, local growth Minister, Kris Hopkins MP and Minister for the Portsmouth area, Matt Hancock MP.

In September 2014, the new CEMAST (Centre of Excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training) opened on the Daedalus site, training over 900 learners, apprentices and employees in specialised engineering and manufacturing solutions. The Maritime Coastguard Agency's new national training facility was also opened in April 2015.

The Innovation Centre was opened in March 2015 supporting new businesses from the engineering, aerospace, aviation and marine industries, by providing office space, workshop facilities and financial advice onsite. Full to capacity within its first year, in February 2017, a £6.6m extension to the Innovation Centre was announced. The expansion was completed in July 2018 and the centre has doubled in size, creating 33 new office units, five new workshops and new parking spaces as well as 300 new jobs.

In 2017 the Civil Engineering Training Centre opened on the Daedalus site, offering intensive 20 week construction and groundwork apprenticeships. Over 1,665 apprentices will be trained at this centre between 2018 and 2023.

Daedalus Park has been a huge success, providing much needed units for businesses including Tescew, FliteTrak and Top Notch Graphics. More units are currently being built and nearly all of these have already been snapped up by local companies.

The waterfront site at Daedalus was selected to be part of the Government's Direct Commissioning house-building pilot. This scheme opens up land that already has outline planning permission to a wider range of small and medium builders. In this case it will deliver 200 homes that big developers have been unwilling to take on due to the upfront infrastructure investment required and complications of the listed buildings on the site. Caroline shared constituent concerns about pressures on local infrastructure so she meet with the Minister for Housing to discuss the plans. Gosport Borough Council bosses joined her to seek reassurance that the investment will deliver infrastructure to support wider commercial development and job creation at the Daedalus waterfront site.

The Solent Enterprise Zone had created and/or safeguarded over 1200 jobs by the end of 2015 and project this number to rise to 3,500 over the lifetime of the development. You can read about the project in more detail here.


As Caroline is committed to tackling the problem of congestion on the A32 and other access roads, she holds regular meetings with local stakeholders and government Ministers in order to discuss potential solutions. She has welcomed the then Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP, as well as then Transport Minister, Norman Baker MP, to the area. Her interventions have helped to secure a combined investment of over £65m since 2010 for highway improvement projects for the Gosport peninsula, including Newgate Lane North & South, St Margaret's roundabout, Peel Common roundabout and the Bus Rapid Transit scheme.

Caroline's persistent lobbying over her years as MP helped to secure the £25.7m of Government funding to complete the Stubbington Bypass, which was confirmed on 2 February 2017. This new access route to the peninsula is considered essential for reducing journey times and congestion onto and off the Gosport peninsula and removing transport barriers to growth and investment, including at the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus. You can read more about the project, here.

In 2015 Caroline met with the then Chancellor, George Osborne, to push for funding for the Stubbington Bypass and helped to secure the funding necessary to carry out the preliminary work. Since then, Caroline has worked closely alongside Hampshire County Council and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership to encourage these stakeholders to maintain the Bypass at the top of their agenda. In 2016 she met with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond MP; the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP; the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, Sajid Javid MP; and the Local Growth Minister, Andrew Percy MP to call for the remaining funding needed to complete the Stubbington Bypass.

She has also worked hard to improve public transport services in the area, promoting the BRT scheme and working with local Councillors and other stakeholders to find solutions to the challenges posed by changes to local bus services. In October 2014, she submitted a deputation to Hampshire County Council in support of preserving local bus routes. You can find the transport portfolio holder's response here.

The Rapid Transit Eclipse services have achieved growth of around 65% compared to the services they replaced, which has led to an overall increase in bus use in Gosport and Fareham of 12%. In October 2017, the Department of Transport's Productivity Investment Fund awarded £6.9m to the BRT project meaning that the busway will be extended from Tichborne Way to Rowner Road, this is hoped to be completed by 2020.

Caroline has called for faster train links between London and Portsmouth, holding a debate in Parliament to raise her concerns about transport infrastructure in the south coast. You can find this here.


Having openly stated that over the years Gosport has seen too many valuable local employers and services leave the peninsular – such as the much loved Haslar Hospital, Caroline has pledged to fight to protect those that remain.

In the early days of her time as an MP she successfully campaigned against the Defence Training Review which would have seen the Royal Navy School of Engineering at HMS Sultan moved to South Wales.

In November 2016, the Defence Estate Review announced that HMS Sultan and Fort Blockhouse would be disposed of by 2024. Caroline is urging the Government to reconsider its decision and has set up a Taskforce with a view to plot the best possible outcome for the site. You can read Caroline's full statement about this here.

The Taskforce meet regularly to discuss the sites and strongly believe that the closure of HMS Sultan is not financially viable. Caroline has welcomed a number of Ministers from the Ministry of Defence to Gosport to visit various MOD sites in the Gosport area and demonstrate the best possible course of action for these sites, now and in the future.

Caroline also worked hard to retain coastguard facilities and jobs at the Daedalus site after the closure of the Lee-on-the-Solent MCA and has campaigned to secure jobs at the new Maritime Operations Centre in Titchfield.

Caroline joined the campaign to save the Iona Club in Bridgemary after members received the upsetting news that it was due to close owing to its poor state of repair. Caroline keenly supported dialogue between the club's committee and the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth, who owns the building, and was delighted the two parties went on to reach a mutual agreement. Soon afterwards, it was announced that the Diocese would work with the Iona Club on proposals to allow it to reopen and since late 2015 Iona Family Club is once again a fully functioning community hub.

Caroline has frequently met with the owners of the Haslar Hospital estate, Our Enterprise, and has done all she can to secure a positive future and local jobs on this much loved site, which was sold off by the previous Labour Government. She hopes that the widely stated plans for the site will come to fruition.

Back in 2011 Caroline campaigned against the closure of Gosport's Childrens centres which were invaluable to local families and needed to be protected. Caroline continued to make the case for preserving these vital local services, she wrote to Hampshire County Council with her views and met with Cllr Mans who is responsible for Children's Services. You can see her letter here.


Caroline is passionate about protecting local health resources, and fought successfully to secure the reopening of Blake Maternity Unit at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital in early 2011. She has since supported the Children's Heart Unit at Southampton Hospital, met the local GPs' Commissioning Group and visited the War Memorial Hospital.

Since being elected Caroline has continued to support the families of those who died at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital 1988-2000 to get access to the truth of what happened to their loved ones. In June 2018, the Gosport Independent Panel published their report into these deaths. You can read Caroline's statement about this report here. The Department of Health & Social Care have put in place a support package for those affected by events at the Gosport War Memorial – call 01132545290 or e-mail gosportenquiries@dh.gsi.gov.uk

Since Gosport was chosen by the Department of Health to be part of their Vanguard project to improve community care in March 2015, Caroline has frequently met with the project leaders, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and local GPs to be updated on the progress of the project.

One example of the Vanguard pilot is the Same Day Access Service on offer at Gosport War Memorial Hospital where a Multi-speciality Community Provider hub has been established. The Hub integrates different healthcare specialists into one centralised hub with the aim of cutting GP waiting times, reducing hospital admissions and move people out of hospitals more quickly. Caroline visited the hub in February 2016 and was pleased to see the difference it is already making for Gosport constituents. In October 2016, she took local GPs who lead on the MCP hub to Westminster to meet with the Public Health Minister. Find more information about Better Local Care here.

She regularly meets with staff and management at the QA Hospital to raise constituents concerns and keep updated with developments at the site. Caroline is part of a group of local MPs and healthcare professionals working to find solutions to the existing problems at QA.

On 24 August 2017, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published its inspection report for Queen Alexandra Hospital. The report advised that Queen Alexandra requires improvement however its caring was rated as outstanding. In August 2018, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published a further inspection report for Queen Alexandra Hospital. The report advised that whilst Queen Alexandra has improved, it still requires improvement. Queen Alexandra have published their strategy for the next five years entitled 'Working Together' which can be found here.

After a discussion with the Chief Executive of Queen Alexandra Hospital in early 2018, Caroline suggested that they bid into the STP Capital Scheme and in September 2018 Queen Alexandra put forward a proposal for redevelopment of their emergency floor. The projected cost of the scheme, at £58.2million is significant but is vital to securing a long term solution for the overstretched service. Caroline has both written to and spoken with the Minister of State for Health, Steve Barclay MP, to highlight the importance of this bid. If successful, there would be a single point of access for all adult emergencies at QA, and a modern, fit for purpose facility for high quality care. In doing so it will improve patient safety, as well as ensuring the hospital delivers effective and efficient clinical practices; whilst also reducing admissions rates and confusion.

On 29 April 2016, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published its inspection report for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. The report highlighted specific concerns. On 14 April healthcare regulator NHS Improvement placed a condition on the Trust's lease, asking it to make urgent patient safety improvements to address the issues found by the CQC. The Chairman and the Chief Executive of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust subsequently stood down. As the situation has unfolded, Caroline has attended and will continue to attend regular meetings as well as receive updates both from Southern Health and the Care Quality. She has met with the new leadership team and understands that a number of local residents rely on the services provided by Southern Health so she is keen to hold them to account for their failures and make sure that past mistakes cannot be repeated.

Throughout 2018, Caroline has been contacted by a number of constituents with concerns regarding the Willow Group, specifically the lack of appointments and problems with the telephone system. Caroline has met with the Fareham and Gosport Clinical Commissioning Group to discuss these issues and to hear what steps they are taking so that patients can access Primary Care efficiently. Caroline has also raised her concerns with Southern Health NHS Trust who are also taking action to minimise difficulties for patients. She has also met with partners at Stubbington Surgery to help find a solution to the cramped conditions at their practice.

Caroline is keen to bring greater fairness to the IVF guidelines implemented by the local Clinical Commissioning Group which means that couples in the Gosport and Fareham area cannot access the levels of IVF treatment they would be entitled to in other parts of the UK.

Caroline is committed to supporting people living with dementia so back in 2015, she became a Dementia Friend and has held a number of training sessions in her local office. She is now a Dementia Friend Champion, meaning she can train other people, and participated in the local 2018 Alzheimers Society Memory Walk.


As MP for a constituency with a deep rooted military history, Caroline is committed to protecting the area's defence industry. She has frequently raised questions about local military issues in Parliament and has welcomed a number of Defence Ministers to the area, to discuss issues such as the future of the Oil Fuel Depot and the potential use of redundant military estate across the peninsular. Caroline continues to host meetings between Gosport Borough Council bosses and Defence Ministers to further GBC's efforts to secure land for development at Royal Clarence Yard.

Caroline led a successful campaign for the restoration of the entitlement to Home to Duty Travel Allowance for service personnel travelling to work on the Gosport Ferry, promoting a more sustainable journey to work, and reducing congestion on key roads on and off the peninsula.

Following an increase of Service Family Accommodation complaints in 2016, Caroline raised her concerns with the Minister and was successful in getting an MP's hotline for Amey set up so that constituent's issues could be resolved efficiently.

In November 2016, the Defence Estate Review announced that HMS Sultan and Fort Blockhouse would be disposed of by 2024. Caroline is urging the Government to reconsider its decision and has set up a Taskforce with a view to plot the best possible outcome for the site. You can read Caroline's full statement about this here.

The Taskforce meet regularly to discuss the sites and strongly believe that the closure of HMS Sultan is not financially viable. Caroline has welcomed a number of Ministers from the Ministry of Defence to Gosport to visit various MOD sites in the Gosport area and demonstrate the best possible course of action for these sites, now and in the future.


Ensuring everyone in Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head has access to the best education and training is essential to the future of the area.

Since her election, Caroline has visited each of the 37 schools and colleges in her constituency, meeting with hundreds of teachers and pupils to discuss their achievements and the challenges faced by schools in the area. She has also welcomed many local schools and home education groups to Parliament, taking part in lively Q&A sessions with pupils of all ages. Caroline played an important role in the delivery of £13 million additional funding for local schools as well as new sports facilities at Bay House and Bridgemary Schools.

Gosport houses a variety of training opportunities for young people. Caroline helped to secure funding for the new CEMAST Centre at Daedalus which is giving over 900 learners, apprentices and employees the skills they need to succeed in the advanced marine and aviation industries.

Caroline also backed the bid for funding to build CTEC based at Daedalus, aka Digger School, which is an innovative collaboration between construction businesses and Fareham College and offers practical training which mean apprentices are 'work ready' after an intensive 20 week course in Civil Engineering and Groundworks. She took Skills Minister, Anne Milton, to visit CTEC to see their unique offer of apprenticeships.

She has promoted apprenticeship schemes throughout the area and even completed her own mini-apprenticeship at a coffee shop on Gosport High Street. She also ran a campaign to shine a light on the diversity of apprenticeships in Gosport, which culminated in the learners being invited to Parliament and greeted by the Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, the Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, in December 2016. You can read the Get In Go Far blog, here.

In the belief that education and re-training opportunities should be available to people whatever their age, Caroline worked hard to save adult education outreach resources when the Rowner RSR closed and was delighted to help secure the new improved service at the Nimrod Centre. Their 'Out There' project has now been hailed as a European example of excellence and a blueprint for other adult education schemes. The project moved to St Vincent College in 2018 and was rebranded "Choices @ The Clocktower".


Caroline believes that voluntary organisations are the backbone of Gosport's community. She's visited dozens of charities, community groups & organisations since her election including the Parkinson's group, the homelessness charity Two Saints and the Sea Cadets. She has been interviewed for the Stubbington Talking Newspaper, worked a shift at the Barnardo's charity shop in Lee-on-the-Solent and helped launch both the Gosport's Older Persons Forum and the Gosport Men's Shed. She took part in the launch of the Gosport Area Information Network and has regular updates with the CAB. In July 2012, Caroline took part in a charity skydive and in May 2014 she abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower, both to raise funds for the Gosport & Fareham branch of the MS Society.

Caroline supports the work of many organisations in the constituency such as, Motiv8, Marvels and Meltdowns and Gosport Youth Council and regularly visits, offers advice and promotes events to help them raise the funds they need.

Caroline has hosted receptions in Westminster to thank local volunteers and charity workers for their hard work.

In June 2018, Caroline launched the Gosport Community Lottery which supports local good causes. From every £1 ticket sold, 60p will go to local charities and voluntary groups and 20p will got to the prize fund. To buy your ticket with a 1 in 50 chance of winning click here.


Caroline is proud of Gosport's fantastic sports heritage with BMX champion Ayesha McLelland, Invictus Games competitor John Shepard, Gosport's world-class yachtsman Alex Thomson, yachtswoman Dee Caffari and Olympian Roger Black. As a fellow of Sport England, she promoted sport nationally and lobbied to protect the School Sports Partnership. Caroline worked closely with the local community and staff and parents at Bridgemary College to secure funding for its cutting edge 3G football pitch and helped fight a tough campaign for Bay House School's excellent new sports hall.

Caroline has been along to support local sports teams such as Fareham & Gosport Football and Rugby clubs and the Solent Devils ice hockey team, has been leapt over by the Tigers Motorcycle Display Team, and has seen the Goshawks gymnasts in action. Caroline campaigned hard to change the original route to ensure that the Olympic torch came through Gosport in 2012 and was proud to hold the Olympic Flame as it travelled across Portsmouth Harbour on the Gosport Ferry!


Caroline has hosted many events for senior school pupils surrounding business, one which welcomed Baroness Karren Brady for a business and entrepreneurship workshop at Bay House School and at Bridgemary School she welcomed Jacqueline Gold CBE and a cohort of successful local businesswomen from the local area to help host an Enterprising Women event.

Caroline is also a keen supporter of Gosport Youth Council, who she has invited to the House of Commons. She regularly meets with a representative from GYC to keep in touch with her younger constituent's views. She also strongly supports Loud and Proud which is a voluntary group for young people who help others within the constituency with a variety of activities and Motiv8 who work to improve the life chances of young people and families.

Caroline runs an annual Christmas Card design competition, which all primary schools in her constituency can take part in. The winning design is featured on the front of Caroline's Christmas Card, with the runners up featured on the back. There is always a huge amount of fantastic designs entered, the imagination and creativity shows the artistic skills of Gosport students.


National Grid have started a major new energy infrastructure project linking the UK's electricity network to France, with proposals for the UK connection point being located on the Stubbington side of the Daedalus site. The project is called IFA2 (Interconnexion France-Angleterre 2).

Caroline shares constituents concerns about the interconnector being located at Daedalus and first met with National Grid in November 2015. Since then, in a quest for answers to local residents' queries, she has exchanged a series of letters with the Project Director and organised numerous meetings.

National Grid submitted a planning application to Fareham Borough Council and Caroline wrote to Fareham Borough Council formally stating her opposition to the plans. You can view a copy of her letter here. Caroline also raised her concerns with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

On 23 January 2018, Fareham Borough Council’s planning committee approved the application. On this occasion residents from both Fareham and Gosport were able to make deputations at the meeting: a total of 19 deputations were made, including one by Caroline.

The Residents' Associations of Peel Common, Lee on the Solent and Hill Head applied for the Secretary of State to revoke the planning permission granted to National Grid plc for IFA2. On 26 July 2018 Caroline was informed that the permission would not be revoked. You can view a copy of the response here.

Caroline remains concerned about the potential implications of the interconnector for businesses on the Enterprise Zone and still believes that Daedalus is not the right site.

National Grid plan a major new energy infrastructure project linking the UK's electricity network to France, with proposals for the UK connection point being located on the Stubbington side of the Daedalus site. The project is called IFA2 (Interconnexion France-Angleterre 2).

 

Caroline shares constituents concerns about the interconnector being located at Daedalus and first met with National Grid in November 2015. Since then, in a quest for answers to local residents' queries, she has exchanged a series of letters with the Project Director and organised a meeting between National Grid and Local Residents' Associations. A Q&A document published in response to the questions raised is here

 

National Grid has submitted a planning application to Fareham Borough Council, who will make the ultimate decision on whether or not to grant planning permission.  Caroline has written to the Leader of Fareham Borough Council, asking questions regarding the IFA2 proposal that have been posed to her by constituents. You can find his response here. She will continue to work hard to ensure local voices are heard on this but also encourages constituents to submit responses to Fareham Borough Council, the planning authority.

 

Caroline has raised her concerns with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change - you can find her response here

 

On 22 April, Caroline organised a visit to the National Grid facility, BritNed, on the Isle of Grain, Kent. Local councillors and Residents Association Chairmen from across the Constituency were invited and 4 local Councillors attended.  BritNed is not identical to the project planned for Daedalus: it was built 7 years ago and technology has moved on. However, the visit provided the opportunity to see a facility first-hand and experience the size of the buildings and the sound and electro-magnetic waves it produces.

 

The stage 2 consultation period has now concluded and a full feedback report is available online, here.

 

The Residents' Associations of Peel Common, Lee on the Solent and Hill Head have applied to ‘Call-in’ the planning application by National Grid plc for IFA2. If approved, the decision will be taken out of the hands of Fareham Borough Council and made by an independent planning inspector or judge.

On 7 June 2016 Caroline wrote to Mark Wyatt, the Fareham Borough Council planning officer responsible for the IFA2 project, formally stating her opposition to the plans. You can view a copy of her letter here.

 

National Grid have also released a new Stakeholder Briefing which can be found, here.

 

On Monday 23 January, Fareham Borough Council’s planning committee met to make a decision on this application. On this occasion residents from both Fareham and Gosport were able to make deputations at the meeting: a total of 19 deputations were made, including one by myself. The majority of speakers were against the scheme and fantastic deputations were made by local residents associations and councillors, including Cllr Stephen Philpott of Peel Common.

 

After a 4 hour meeting and much discussion, Fareham Borough Council voted 7-2 in favour of National Grid’s application to build an electricity interconnector at Daedalus airfield.

 

The Residents' Associations of Peel Common, Lee on the Solent and Hill Head applied for the Secretary of State to revoke the planning permission granted to National Grid plc for IFA2. On Wednesday 26 July Caroline was informed that the permission would not be revoked. You can view a copy of the response here.

 

In October 2017 a series of field tests were conducted to measure the electromagnetic fields (EMF) that can be expected around the IFA2 AC and DC cables that will pass under the taxiways at Solent Airfield. These tests were carried out with local businesses and stakeholders. The results showed no adverse effects that will affect the airfield’s operations. Bristow Group advised that there was no impact, no avionics problems and no compass deviations. There was no effect on drone operation. Britten-Norman detected no variations. Phoenix Aviation advised that the effects were negligible and there were no issues. Lee Flying Association advised that there were no adverse effects but slight compass deviation within tolerance.


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