27 FEB 2015

CAROLINE VISITS CANCER RESEARCH UK SHOP

Local MP Caroline Dinenage today paid a visit to the Cancer Research UK shop on Gosport High Street.

During her time at the store, Caroline met the volunteers giving up their time to run it and discussed the prevalence of smoking – the most important preventable cause of cancer – in the area. In Gosport, 26.5% of people smoke in comparison to the 19.5% national average, and 323 deaths in every 100,000 are smoking related.

Speaking after her visit, Caroline said:

"It was fantastic to meet the enthusiastic and committed volunteers who man our local Cancer Research UK branch; however they do need extra support so if you would like to help out please do get in touch with the store.

Whilst I was there I also heard about the high rate of smoking in our area which is driving up the instance of cancer and heard pleas from the charity to vote in favour of plain cigarette packaging when the matter is discussed in Parliament."

Charity shops make an important contribution to causes such as cancer research; in 2013/14 they provided over £76 million of the £351 million which Cancer Research UK spent on research to prevent, control and cure all cancers.


26 FEB 2015

CAROLINE CALLS FOR REVIEW OF PARALYMPIC SAILING DECISION

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage today voiced her strong concerns about the International Paralympic Committee's decision to exclude sailing from the 2020 Games in Tokyo during Questions to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Caroline's Gosport constituency has a very strong marine community which is outraged about this significant decision which could hold back the sport just as it is gaining real momentum.

Caroline asked:

"Does the Minister agree with me that the decision of the International Paralympic Committee to exclude sailing from the Tokyo Games in 2020 is not only an enormous setback for this important British sport but will also rob us of the next generation of inspiring sailing sportsmen like Fareham's Geoff Holt?"

The Minister responsible, Helen Grant MP said on this issue:

"Although this is a decision for the International Paralympic Committee, I recently met with the Chief Executive of the BPA to discuss this very issue. Britain is a great sailing nation and I can understand completely the frustration of our Paralympic sailors. I therefore intend to speak to the IPC Chairman, President Sir Philip Craven in the very near future."

Speaking outside the Chamber, Caroline said:

"Given the huge success of the sailing events held off the south coast for the 2012 Paralympics, I firmly believe that the sport should remain on the agenda.

Here in the Gosport area, there is a wide range of sailing opportunities available for people of all ages and abilities; having something to aspire to such as the Paralympics is really important so I feel strongly that the sport should be reinstated for future Games."


25 FEB 2015

CAROLINE TO VISIT CANCER RESEARCH UK SHOP

Local MP Caroline Dinenage will visit the Cancer Research UK shop on Gosport High Street this Friday 27th February.

Recent figures from Cancer Research UK show that 1 in 2 people will develop cancer in their lifetime. However, in the past forty years cancer survival rates have doubled so that now 2 in 4 people survive.

Charity shops make an important contribution to causes such as cancer research; in 2013/14 they provided over £76 million of the £351 million which Cancer Research UK spent on research to prevent, control and cure all cancers.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Caroline said:

"I'm really looking forward to meeting the staff and volunteers at our local branch of Cancer Research UK. They play a vital role in not only raising funds but also promoting the importance of fighting cancer in the community.

With so many people affected by this devastating disease, I am pleased that local residents can contribute to the fight against cancer by donating to and shopping at our Cancer Research UK shop."

Since becoming Gosport's MP, Caroline has supported a number of campaigns led by cancer charities including Breast Cancer Campaign, Macmillan, Brain Tumour Research and Prostate Cancer UK.


17 FEB 2015

CAROLINE WELCOMES NEW CONTRACT FOR VECTOR AEROSPACE

Local MP Caroline Dinenage has today welcomed an announcement from the Prime Minister, detailing a £420 million Ministry of Defence contract to be completed at Vector Aerospace in her Gosport constituency.

The five year contract will see Boeing provide the in-service support for the Chinook helicopter at Fleetlands, securing 450 jobs and saving the taxpayer £150 million. Chinook is the UK's only military lift helicopter, able to transport up to 54 troops or 10 tonnes of supply. The contact will support the RAF's fleet, which will be 60 strong by early 2017 and includes the new Mark 6 helicopters.

Today's news follows on from an announcement made last week that Vector Aerospace is set to receive £2 million from the Regional Growth Fund.

Commenting on the announcement, Caroline said:

"Hearing that this important military contract will be carried out at Fleetlands is very welcome news for our area. Not only will it secure a huge number of jobs and boost our local economy, it also highlights the excellent engineering capabilities housed in the Gosport area.

We have a proud history of supporting the military and I am pleased that this new contract will ensure that we continue to do so."

Since becoming elected, Caroline has been committed to protecting Gosport's defence industry and frequently raises local issues with her Ministerial colleagues at the Ministry of Defence.


13 FEB 2015

CAROLINE HELPS RE-LAUNCH COMMUNITY BUS SERVICE

Local MP Caroline Dinenage today helped re-launch Lee-on-the-Solent's ICANGO buses which have a new livery thanks to sponsorship from local estate agents, Eckersley White.

ICANGO is an organisation working in partnership with St. Faith's Church and Gosport Voluntary Action to operate three minibuses for community trips. This community service is operated by volunteers who also drive and clean the mini buses. It organises around 40 community trips per month for residents of Lee-on-the-Solent.

Today's event celebrated a £1000 sponsorship by Eckersley White which will ensure that the valuable community resource can be maintained.

Speaking after the event, Caroline said:

"We all know that local services are under considerable pressure so schemes such as this, which are run by volunteers, offer a lifeline to vulnerable people.

We are extremely fortunate to live in a community where people are prepared to give up their time to help others and I would like to commend all of those who work so hard to ensure that ICANGO can operate."

Caroline is a keen advocate of volunteering and hosts an annual reception in Westminster to personally thank local volunteers for their hard work and dedication.

For more information, call 07787 292 666 or email icangolee@outlook.com.


12 FEB 2015

CAROLINE MEETS INTERNATIONAL DELEGATES AT BAY HOUSE

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage last week met international delegates who were visiting Bay House School for a conference to discuss findings in the field of educational leadership research.

The International School Leadership Development Network is made up of over thirty education researchers and practitioners from as far as Nepal and New Zealand. The head teacher at Bay House, Ian Potter is one of the researching professionals making up the network and last week's conference at the school follows on from the first event which took place in Atlanta in 2014.

During a visit to Bay House to talk to Sixth Form politics students, Caroline took the opportunity to meet the delegates.

Speaking afterwards, Caroline said:

"It is great that Bay House School was chosen to host a conference of this pioneering network of education professionals. The event puts our area on the international map and recognises the excellent work that is going on in local schools."

Ian Potter commented:

"Having these well-known names, who are renowned in the educational research world, coming to Gosport to be part of a three day symposium is something the town should feel very proud of."

The delegates also visited Brune Park School and were treated to a traditional British meal cooked by Bay House students.


12 FEB 2015

CAROLINE WELCOMES INVESTMENT IN VECTOR AEROSPACE

Local MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed news that Gosport aviation firm, Vector Aerospace is set to receive a £2 million investment from the Government.

Today's announcement confirms that Vector Aerospace's bid for funding from the Regional Growth Fund will be taken forward. Subject to due diligence, this will enable the local company to enhance the design and aviation services capability at its Fleetlands site in Gosport. Caroline will hear the Minister's good news as she joins him on his visit to Vector Aerospace this afternoon.

Caroline commented:

"This is really fantastic news for Vector Aerospace and the Gosport area more widely. The company already provides critical support for military aircraft and this investment will help it to diversify its customer base and take on more skilled workers at its Gosport site.

Today's announcement is a terrific boost for our local economy and shows that the Government is committed to supporting our area reach its full potential."

Since becoming elected, Caroline has remained committed to boosting economic growth in the Gosport area. She was instrumental in securing Enterprise Zone status for the former disused airfield at Daedalus and has 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.


04 FEB 2015

MP GOES UNDER THE WHEELS OF A TEAM OF TIGERS!

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage came face to face with a team of tigers this week! Fortunately these weren't big cats, but the "Tigers Children's Motorcycle Display Team", who showed off their 'impurressive' skills in a team training session. The "Tigers" includes children from just 4 to 12 years old who perform tricks, stunts and jumps in public shows around the UK. After meeting the gang during one of their weekly training sessions at Daedalus airfield in Lee on the Solent, Caroline agreed to take part in a daring stunt; lying beneath a jump as tiger after tiger roared above her!

Commenting, Caroline said "When the Tigers invited me to one of their training session I didn't know that they would be jumping over me! Despite the risk of a Gosport by-election had they missed their target, I had an enormous amount of fun. The Tigers group is run by parents who give up so much of their time to travel across the country, supporting something that their kids clearly love and making thousands of pounds for local charities in the meantime. It's another great example of the exciting activities taking place across the Gosport Peninsula!"

The 'Tigers' can be found training at Daedalus most Sundays during the winter and performing at events and shows across the UK during the summer months. For more info contact Andy on 07792 220443.


03 FEB 2015

CAROLINE WELCOMES LIBOR BOOST FOR HMS SULTAN

Local MP Caroline Dinenage today welcomed a £3 million cash injection for Royal Navy projects taken from the fines levied on banks for manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) financial benchmark. The cash boost will include £1 million for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity to support Royal Navy personnel and their families in Gosport through projects including refurbishing the Warrant Officers Mess in HMS Sultan.

Commenting on, Caroline said:

"This is absolutely fantastic news for Gosport. Since being elected in 2010 I've worked really hard to keep HMS Sultan and the 900 jobs it creates on the Gosport Peninsula. This investment shows that our efforts are paying off and that the Government is as committed as I am to keeping HMS Sultan in our area.

It's absolutely right that this investment is paid for by those bankers who attempted the rig the system and helped create the financial crisis. Our brave servicemen sacrifice so much for our country: the worst of Britain is now paying to support the very best."


29 JAN 2015

CAROLINE WELCOMES FURTHER INVESTMENT IN LOCAL ROADS

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has today welcomed the announcement that the Solent region will receive a further £27.1 million in the second round of the Local Growth Deal.

The investment follows on from the £124.8 million which the region won in the first round of the Deal in July 2014, bringing the total to £151.9 million.

£19.7 million from the initial package has already been ring-fenced for improving transport infrastructure in the Fareham and Gosport area. The extension of funding announced today will further support these works, enabling transport interventions to improve access to the Daedalus Enterprise Zone in Lee-on-the-Solent and the Welborne development in Fareham.

Commenting, Caroline said:

"For decades, the Gosport peninsula has been plagued with severe congestion problems but now we are making real progress towards tackling these issues once and for all. Improvements to our local infrastructure are crucial to the success of the Daedalus Enterprise Zone and cutting the journey times of long suffering commuters.

Not only does the investment show that the Government recognises our need for better transport connections, it also proves that the hard work of local MPs, Councils and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership is paying off."

Since becoming elected, Caroline has been firmly committed to tackling her constituency's road congestion problems. She helped to secure an £8.5 million package for the work on Newgate Lane which began in January 2013 and later that year brought the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP to the area to see the issues for himself.


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