23 AUG 2016


Gosport MP, Caroline Dinenage, is delighted to be supporting I Am Team GB, the nation's biggest ever sports day on Saturday 27 August. I Am Team GB is brought to you by ITV and The National Lottery, working with the British Olympic Association, UK Sport and supported by Join In, the London 2012 volunteer legacy charity.

British Olympians returning from Rio will be joined by famous faces from ITV, to celebrate Team GB's success.

The day will see thousands of sports clubs across the UK open their doors and in an unprecedented move, ITV, STV and UTV will switch off their channels for an hour to inspire the nation to take part in a wide range of sports, free of charge. The day will also celebrate the support the public gives Team GB's athletes by playing The National Lottery. Over £80 million has been raised each year by National Lottery players to help fund elite athletes during the four-year build-up to Rio 2016.

It is a golden opportunity for every sports club and activity group to welcome new members and supporters and Caroline is asking local clubs in Gosport to get involved.

Caroline said:

'I am so proud of all our Olympians returning from Rio, and would love for everyone to get involved with I Am Team GB to show support for our local sports clubs and groups.

It is important that we can keep up the interest in sports between the Olympics and look for the next generation of great, home-grown, Olympians.'

If you are a local sports club and would like to take part, or a member of the public wanting a fun day out on Saturday 27th August, please go to http://iamteamgb.com/ to find out how you can be part of I Am Team GB.

19 AUG 2016


Local MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed Round 2 of the RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund, which is available to charities, social enterprises, community groups, state-funded schools and colleges.

RBS launched the fund in May last year as part of their on-going commitment to make a difference in the communities in which they serve. So far, £1.25 million has been awarded to people in the UK and Ireland.

Commenting on the launch, Caroline said:

"In the Gosport constituency we have an exceptional voluntary sector, which does so much to make our local area a wonderful place to live. This is a great opportunity for local groups to secure the financial support they need to continue their immensely valuable work in our community. I hope local groups will consider putting forward an application."

To find out more, including the application criteria, please clich here. The deadline for applications for Round 2 2016 is midday on Friday 9 September.

18 AUG 2016


Gosport MP, Caroline Dinenage has welcomed today's record-breaking figures showing that there are more people in work than ever before, with 320,000 more people in work across the South East. Since 2010, there are over 2.7 million more people across the United Kingdom in work, meaning that more families in Gosport have the security of a regular pay packet.

In Gosport the number of people claiming the key out of work benefits has fallen by 751 - a 56 per cent drop – since 2010.

These figures show that the record high employment rate has been fuelled by full-time work, which has accounted for three quarters of the employment growth since 2010, and that average wages grew by 2.4 per cent over the last year.

Caroline commented:

'Today's figures show that employment is growing across all the regions and nations of the United Kingdom as we build a Britain that works for everyone not just the privileged few.

The number of people in Gosport relying on the key out of work benefits has fallen by over 750 since 2010 – a 56% drop. Nevertheless, we aren't complacent which is why we're pressing ahead with welfare reforms like Universal Credit making sure that it always pays for people to be in work.

'With the employment rate at a record high, the unemployment rate at its lowest level in over 10 years, and wages up whilst inflation has remained low, we are making sure that everyone can share in the country's wealth.'

17 AUG 2016


Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has praised the Gosport Summer Passport Scheme after attending a session last week.

The Gosport Summer Passport scheme is a well-established initiative organised by Gosport Community Safety Partnership which began in 2008. The scheme provides open access diversionary activities for young people of secondary school age attending schools in either Gosport or Fareham, or living in Gosport and Fareham.

The scheme, which Caroline has visited each year, ran for three weeks across the Summer Holidays at various locations across Gosport and Lee on the Solent with a variety of activities such as Pizza making, Brick laying, UV Face Painting, off-road biking and many more.

After her visit Caroline said:

"I was delighted to see so many young people taking advantage of Gosport Summer Passport Scheme once again this year. It provides some really unique experiences for young people and encourages them to get out of the house during the school break, try different hobbies and meet new people.

It is fantastic that Gosport Borough Council and their partners provide a range of free activities to reduce potential anti-social behaviour during these long holidays that can result through lack of things to do."

For more information about the Gosport Summer Passport Scheme please visit http://www.safergosport.co.uk/?content=pages&id=passport-scheme.

12 AUG 2016


Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has announced that for the first time all ministers in the Department for Business, Energy Industrial Strategy will act as local growth champions across the United Kingdom. Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed the announcement of Jo Johnson MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, as local growth champion for the Solent region.

Ministers will be tasked with building relationships with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), businesses and local leaders and will act as a first point of contact for respective LEPs in England within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said:

"Government has helped transform the business landscape by putting power back into the hands of local communities and businesses to drive economic growth. To make sure every corner of the UK benefits, I am giving ministers in my team geographic areas of responsibility so they can build on existing relationships to better connect government policy with the businesses and industries we're working with.

"This is part of our plan to build an economy that works for all. An effective industrial strategy has to recognise and take advantage of the differences and unique strengths that exist across the country, and I will be encouraging all my ministers to get out there and meet the people who know their area best."

Caroline Dinenage, Member of Parliament for Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head, said:

"I am delighted with the Government's decision to appoint Ministers as regional champions, responsible for promoting growth in specific areas. We have a number of unique attributes in the Solent region, including our close connection to the maritime, defence and engineering sector. Tailoring industrial strategy to meet local needs and capitalising upon these attributes are vital for effective economic growth.

"I look forward to working closely with Jo and local stakeholders towards our common ambition of seeing the Solent region compete, prosper and thrive."

29 JUL 2016


Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has strongly welcomed the news that Hampshire County Council have decided to take action and resurface Elson road.

Local residents have long complained about the noise and damage caused by the uneven surface and steep camber. Over the course of the last year Caroline's has brought numerous decision makers on visits to the road and had a long exchange of correspondence and meetings with Hampshire County Council, the Police and First Bus to try and minimise these issues.

Commenting on the news Caroline said:

"My team have worked hard over many months with the relevant decision makers to try and improve this situation for the local Elson community.

I'm so pleased that Elson Road residents' concerns have now been heard and that we have finally managed to make progress in resolving this issue."

The roadworks began today and are due to be finished by Tuesday 9 August.

26 JUL 2016


Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage arranged a tour of Parliament for Gosport Youth Council last week.

Gosport Youth Council help to represent the views of Gosport's younger residents. It is an organisation run by young people for young people aged between 11 and 19 who live in the borough of Gosport. They tackle issues that affect youngsters and get involved in projects such as Gosport Summer Passport, the Royan Twinning and Youth Award. They recently held a careers conference and are organising the next Tour De Gosport.

Gosport Rotary funded the trip to Westminster so that all members of the Gosport Youth Council could join in the trip to and see for themselves how the political system works.

The Gosport Youth Council spent the morning sightseeing - visiting the Cenotaph, St James' Park, the Queen's Walk and more. In the afternoon the Youth Councillor's visited the Houses of Parliament and Downing Street.

Commenting on the visit, Caroline said:

"I wholeheartedly support Gosport Youth Council and their work. It is so important that the voices of young people in the Gosport area are heard by those who are elected and can implement change.

I was delighted to be able to organise a tour of Parliament for the Youth Council so they can learn more about democracy and how our politic system works. It was especially great to see an overwhelming number of young women interested in politics."

For more information about Gosport Youth Council and how you can get involved, please visit http://www.gosport.gov.uk/sections/community/youth-council/.

21 JUL 2016


Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has strongly welcomed the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership's (LEP) bid to central Government for funding to complete the Stubbington Bypass.

Last year, funding was secured to carry out the preliminary work on the project and take it through the planning permission process. The Solent LEP is now submitting its Regional Growth Fund (round 3) bid to Government. It has named the Stubbington Bypass as a top priority project on the grounds that the new peninsular access route is utterly essential for addressing Gosport's congestion problems.

For the project to stand the best possible chance of receiving Government funding, the Local Authority needs to put forward a local contribution of 25-30%. Over the past year, local stakeholders including Cllr Sean Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council, have been working together to make this funding available.

A deal has now been secured whereby Hampshire County Council plan to contribute £8.5m to the project, which will be paid back through business rates from the Daedalus Enterprise Zone.

Commenting on the news, Caroline said:

"The welcome investment in the Stubbington Bypass is a clear demonstration of faith in the strong economic potential of the Gosport Constituency. A new peninsular access route is utterly essential for addressing the area's crippling congestion problems and would vastly improve both the lives of local residents and the prospects for local businesses. I am delighted that it has been named the top priority project by the Solent LEP. This sends a clear message to the Government about how seriously both the Council and other local stakeholders are about investing in the future prosperity of Gosport & Stubbington. I would like to pay tribute to the hard work of Cllr Sean Woodward, whose hard work and commitment to the bypass project has been critical to moving the project forward."

Caroline has long campaigned for the Stubbington Bypass. Last year, she raised our traffic problems with the Chancellor, helping to secure the funding necessary to carry out the preliminary work for the Stubbington Bypass.

Over the past few months, she has held frequent meetings with the Solent LEP to support them in making their bid for infrastructure funding to central Government. Last month she met with Cllr Humby, Hampshire's new transport boss, calling on him to make the necessary local funding available. She also galvanised the support of other Hampshire MPs, who wrote to Cllr Humby in favour of the project.

20 JUL 2016


Local MP Caroline Dinenage attended a Cancer Research UK event in Westminster to learn more about how lifestyle changes can reduce people's risk of getting cancer.

Caroline met with campaigners and nurses from the charity's Cancer Awareness Roadshow, to find out more about their work on cancer prevention.

More than four in ten cancer cases in the UK could be prevented each year, with smoking and obesity being the biggest avoidable causes of the disease. But while the dangers of smoking are well known, many are unaware of the link between obesity and cancer. This is particularly concerning when 60% of people in the South East are currently overweight or obese.

Caroline said

"We've come such a long way in the fight against cancer, it's shocking to hear that so many cases in Gosport, and across the country, could be prevented. There are around 570 deaths from cancer per year in the Fareham and Gosport CCG area and the numbers make it clear we need to act now to help people to make positive lifestyle changes, such as becoming more active and maintaining a healthy weight.

While there are no guarantees against the disease, I want to do everything I can to help my constituents, and their families stack the odds in their favour and lead long and healthy lives."

The Westminster event coincided with the launch of Cancer Research UK's new 'Junk Free TV' campaign, which aims to help address children's obesity. It calls for the removal of junk food adverts on TV before the 9pm watershed, to help reduce the impact of this negative influence over children's food choices.

Alison Cox, Director of Cancer Prevention at Cancer Research UK, said:

"It's great to have Caroline's support with raising awareness of how people can reduce their risk of cancer. There are a lot of things working against us when it comes to making healthier choices. We're all bombarded by advertising of junk foods packed with extra calories and this leads kids to pester their parents to buy unhealthy food for them.

That's why we're calling on Government to introduce a number of measures to protect the health of the nation's children, including removing junk food advertising on TV before the 9pm watershed. Obese children are more likely to be obese as adults, so it's vital that young people are encouraged to eat healthily and keep active and that healthy choices are easy to make."

To support the Junk Free TV campaign, visit cruk.org/junkfreetv.

18 JUL 2016


Local MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed the news that the Gosport based Falkland Veterans Foundation will receive a £550,000 cash injection from the fines levied on banks for manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) financial benchmark.

The Falklands Veterans Foundation was the first UK based charity for Falklands Veterans and their immediate families and is committed to providing a network of support and direction for those in need. The Foundation, based in Stoke Road, works in partnership with other service charities and organisations which assist Falklands Veterans and their families.

This funding will help the Falkland Veterans Foundation to subsidise flights for veterans and the relatives of those killed in action so that they can travel to the Islands to pay their respects to those 'still on patrol'.

Following the news Caroline said

"I am delighted to hear that the Falkland Veterans Foundation have received LIBOR funds for this fantastic venture.

It's absolutely right that fines paid by bankers who helped create the financial crisis are being used support the armed forces community. Our brave service personnel sacrifice so much for our country and the FVF does amazing work to support those who fought in the Falklands & their families"

For more information about the Falkland Veterans Foundation please visit http://www.falklandsveterans.org.uk/.

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