29 JAN 2015


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.

28 JAN 2015


Local MP Caroline Dinenage yesterday met with the head of UK Regional Public Affairs at RBS to discuss the forthcoming closure of NatWest in Stubbington.

The branch will close on Tuesday 10th February, leaving many local customers concerned about the future provision of services.

Caroline was keen to speak directly to bosses at the bank in order to challenge them about their decision to pull out of Stubbington and to ensure that adequate alternatives are put in place for both personal and business account holders. During the meeting, NatWest stressed that they had arranged for their bank customers to access services at the Post Office instead.

Caroline commented:

"As ever, it seems these decisions are made before local customers even get to hear of them, but I was determined to hold Nat West to account on this. I understand that footfall has dropped 32% in the last 5 years while online and mobile banking is up 232%, forcing banks to make some difficult decisions about the future of their branches. However, I do still feel that they have a moral responsibility to support our communities."

The closure of NatWest in Stubbington follows the decision by HSBC to shut down the last bank in Lee-on-the-Solent. Since then, Caroline has campaigned against bank closures, speaking out during questions to the Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in the House of Commons.

27 JAN 2015


Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has marked Holocaust Memorial Day by signing the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment in the House of Commons.

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history. Last week, Caroline took the opportunity to honour those who died during the Holocaust as well as the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people about what they endured.

Following the signing, Caroline said:

"It is vital to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, not only as the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau but also as an important opportunity to remember and honour all the victims of genocide.

I encourage all my constituents to mark the day and to commit to working together to combat prejudice and racism today."

Shortly after becoming an MP, Caroline visited Auschwitz-Birkenau with a group of sixth-form students from Bay House School and St. Vincent College.

27 JAN 2015


Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has qualified as a 'Dementia Friend' at a course hosted in her Gosport Office for her local team and some Gosport Councillors.

The 'Dementia Friends' initiative is led by The Alzheimer's Society and aims to ensure that people living with dementia feel included in their community and gives people an understanding of dementia and the small things they can do to make a difference.

The group of 17 people, heard from a representative from The Alzheimer's Society who explained more about the illness and what can be done to allow dementia sufferers to carry on with their daily lives – be it helping someone find the right bus or being patient in a queue if someone with dementia is taking longer to pay.

Speaking after the event, Caroline said:

"My grandma suffered with Dementia and I saw first-hand the affect it had on her and the rest of the family so I was thrilled to become a 'Dementia Friend' and to have a greater understanding of how people living with dementia in our community can be helped. With an ageing population the challenges of Dementia are only ever going to become greater, so I'm hopeful that this is the first of many such events in our local area, I would like to see us becoming a Dementia Friendly Town."

More than 1 in 3 people with dementia live within the community and so the Dementia Friends initiative is extremely important. There are now already well over half a million Dementia Friends in the UK.

For more information, visit: https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/.

26 JAN 2015


Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage today called on local people to back her efforts to secure English Votes for English Laws in the House of Commons. As a Patron of the Fair Votes for All campaign Caroline has launched a petition calling on the Government to introduce English Votes as soon as possible. The petition can be signed online here.

Commenting Caroline said, "This is a basic matter of fairness for people in Gosport. Scottish MPs should not continue to determine the laws on issues; such as education and health; that do not affect their constituents. With even more powers set to be devolved to Scotland I would urge as many people as possible to sign my petition and show the Government that people in England want their voices heard."

26 JAN 2015


Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage will hold an open surgery for her constituents at the Gosport Discovery Centre on Friday.

The surgery will be a chance for local people to drop in and speak to Caroline about any concerns they have about local or national issues, without having to pre-book an appointment.

Caroline commented:

"My open surgeries tend to be really popular, particularly with people who wouldn't think of booking an appointment to meet me at my office. It is incredibly important that my surgeries are as accessible as possible so if you have any concerns about local or national issues (or if you'd just like to have a chat!) please do pop in."

Caroline's open surgery will take place between 2pm and 3:30pm on Friday 30th January at the Gosport Discovery Centre.

For more information about the surgery, please call Caroline's constituency office on 023 9252 2121.

22 JAN 2015


Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage is set to meet Asda customers tomorrow to discuss the supermarket's Mumdex report.

Over 11,500 mums of all ages have signed up to be part of Asda's national Mumdex panel which is consulted on a range of issues affecting families and reported on quarterly. In advance of the General Election, these women have identified the cost of living and the NHS as the biggest priorities.

Caroline will meet with local mums who shop at Asda to talk about their concerns and the findings of the most recent report.

Caroline commented:

"The Mumdex report is an important resource as it gives women a real opportunity to raise awareness about what is important to them. I am looking forward to hearing what local mums have to say about both local and national issues."

You can find more information about Mumdex here: http://your.asda.com/mumdex.

22 JAN 2015


Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage will host a 'Dementia Friends' event in her constituency offices tomorrow.

The event will see the MP and local Councillors sign up to become 'Dementia Friends' as part of a nationwide initiative led by The Alzheimer's Society. The campaign aims to ensure that people living with dementia feel included in their community and gives people an understanding of dementia and the small things they can do to make a difference.

Speaking in advance of the event, Caroline said:

"I am delighted to be pledging my support to people with dementia who are living within our community. It is really important that those living with the condition do not feel isolated so I am looking forward to learning how we can make this a reality in the Gosport area."

More than 1 in 3 people with dementia live within the community and so the Dementia Friends initiative is extremely important. There are now already well over half a million Dementia Friends in the UK.

For more information, visit: https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/.

21 JAN 2015


Local MP Caroline Dinenage will attend the Gosport Business and Employment Fair tomorrow.

The annual fair brings together local employers and job seekers to help find the right staff and jobs for them. It will take place at the Gosport Leisure Centre and 50 exhibitors are expected to be in attendance.

The event will also incorporate apprenticeship and skills training opportunities, careers advice and tips on how to start a business.

Speaking ahead of the fair, Caroline said:

"This is a great opportunity for employers and job seekers to come together and find out what is on offer locally. Having face-to-face contact is really important when looking for jobs or employees so I'm confident that the event will help to forge some fruitful relationships."

The fair is organised by Gosport Borough Council and supported by the Gosport Employment and Skills Partnership, which is made up of local employment support agencies and training providers.

For more information, visit: http://www.go-gosport.co.uk/grow-a-business/business-and-employment-fair.

21 JAN 2015


Local MP Caroline Dinenage welcomed the latest unemployment figures which show another fall in the number of people looking for work in Gosport. The number of people looking for work fell to 769 in December - the lowest number since January 2008, with the JSA claimant rate steady at just 1.3%.

The good news on jobs was matched by figures that show that across the UK median pay per hour - reflecting what a middle-income person earns - has gone up by 3.3% in the last year; six times the current rate of inflation.

Caroline commented:

"The number of people looking for work in Gosport has halved since 2010. This is shows the fantastic work that our local businesses have been doing over the last 5 years.

But there's always more work to be done. We need to continue to back the small businesses that provide the growth in our local economy by cutting red tape and bureaucracy. We also have to maintain our support for rigorous education and proper skills training so that people have the skills they need to get good jobs. Finally it's crucial for both businesses and families that we keep interest rates low by sticking to the plan of restoring sanity to our public finances."

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