26 SEP 2016


Today, Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage continues her campaign to showcase the talent of inspiring Gosport apprentices.

This week, Caroline has published the biographies of three inspiring Gosport apprentices. Craig Moxham, 21; Josh Lynas, 20; and Harry Haggard, 19, all from Gosport, are employed as trainee engineers at BAE Systems in Portsmouth. You can read their stories, here.

Caroline said:

"BAE Systems is a big local employer so it is great to see that the company is training up the younger generations with the skills they need to become the engineers of the future. This kind of investment is really important to meet the future needs of our local economy. I really enjoyed learning about the diverse experiences that Craig, Josh and Harry have had at BAE and the opportunity they have to progress their apprenticeships further to achieve degree level qualifications."

23 SEP 2016


Local MP Caroline Dinenage has congratulated the organisers of Gosport Heritage Open Days on securing a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £10,000. The money is to increase public awareness of Gosport's contribution to the war effort through HLF's First World War: Then and Now programme.

To mark the Centenary of the First World War, the project will enable local people in Gosport to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the people who lived through the First World War. The Heritage Lottery Fund has already invested more than £81 million in projects that are marking this Centenary and helping local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how the conflict has shaped our modern world.

Four local groups will be created with a wide range of ages and abilities. Volunteers will collect photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and photos of keepsakes, as well as family tales passed down to help them build a clear picture of what life was really like. The project will centre on a series of workshops being conducted with the four groups and will include talks by visiting historians.

There will also be visits to at least four historic sites which, subject to confirmation, will include HMS Sultan Airfield Museum, Royal Clarence Yard, World War One Remembrance Centre or Portsmouth Naval Dockyard Archives. A commemorative Great War newspaper will also be produced with a final exhibition in Gosport's Discovery Centre.

With help from professionals, the information gathered will be digitally recorded and an online interactive archive will be created where everyone can access and contribute information. The archive will allow the public to discuss, contribute, share and research information about the Home Front.

Commenting on the grant, Caroline said:

"I am pleased that in Gosport we have so much support for the preservation of our local history, helping the younger generations understand why this centenary is so important.

I hope that many of my constituents get involved to celebrate our heritage and increase awareness of the war effort that came from Gosport."

You can read more about Gosport Heritage Open Days at www.gosportheritage.co.uk, and more about the HLF at www.hlf.org.uk.

22 SEP 2016


Local MP Caroline Dinenage is urging constituents to take advantage of the Big Lottery Fund's 'Celebrate!' Programme.

The Big Lottery Fund wants to help the local community come together with their 'Celebrate!' Programme, and are offering grants of between £300 and £10,000 for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community.

Six out of ten people surveyed say they cannot remember ever coming together to celebrate with their community. The Big Lottery Fund wants to help change this.

You could celebrate something from your community's history or a local hero. Or maybe it's a chance to bring people together to get to know their neighbours better.

Due to the huge success of Celebrate they have allocated an extra £4.1 million of funding to give even more local communities the chance to come together and celebrate and now have a total of £7.695 million for projects in England.

Caroline said:

"Feeling part of a community is so important and I know the Gosport constituency already has fantastic community spirit. This programme is a great opportunity for constituents and organisations to help boost that spirit!"

For more information please visit https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/england/celebratefund.

21 SEP 2016


Local MP Caroline Dinenage celebrated ukactive's National Fitness Day at Coca-Cola GB's ParkLives parliamentary reception this September.

ParkLives is a unique partnership between local authorities and Coca-Cola Great Britain, delivering free physical activity sessions in parks across the country. All the sessions are fun, accessible to all – young, old and families, male and female - and are completely free of charge. ParkLives is running in ten cities across the UK this summer, having recently expanded to Swansea, Stoke, Dundee and Southampton.

Caroline enjoyed participating in a range of informal activities – including boccia – and spoke with ParkLives coaches and instructors working in local communities across the UK to learn more about the scheme.

Commenting on the event, Caroline said:

"I was pleased to attend the ParkLives reception and learn about how this great scheme, which was rolled out in Southampton this summer, is helping people from across the country get fit and active."

You can read more about ParkLives, here.

20 SEP 2016


Caroline Dinenage, MP for Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head, has joined fellow parliamentarians in donning eye catching pink garments in Westminster to help promote Breast Cancer Now's 'Wear it Pink' campaign in October.

The Breast Cancer Now charity have an ambition that, by 2050, everyone that develops the disease will live.

Caroline is encouraging her constituents to take part in the UK's biggest, brightest and pinkest fundraiser, Wear It Pink, on Friday 21 October. Wear it Pink raises close to £2 million each year for world-class research into breast cancer, and this year it's going to be pinker and more fun than ever before. Anyone can take part, whether at work, at home or at school. All you have to do is wear something pink and donate what you can.

Caroline said:

"50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK, and sadly around 11,500 women and 80 men will lose their lives to the disease. Together, we must put a stop to this, and in Wear it Pink there is a fun and simple way for everyone to get involved. I am very proud to help promote this campaign & I hope the local community will join me in pink on Friday 21 October and show their support for Breast Cancer Now."

Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now said:

"It's wonderful to see so much parliamentary support for wear it pink. Far too many women are still losing their lives to this dreadful disease. On Friday 21st October, every cake baked, every feather boa or pink tie worn and every laugh shared will help us create a future where no one dies from breast cancer. We will all be standing together, with colleagues and friends, to stop breast cancer taking the lives of the people we love – and we very much hope you'll join us."

Sign up to wear it pink on Friday 21 October to support Breast Cancer Now's life-saving research. For more information or to register, visit www.wearitpink.org.

19 SEP 2016


Today, Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage continues her campaign to shine a light on inspiring Gosport apprentices.

This week, Caroline has published the biographies of three inspiring Gosport apprentices, Catherine Waite, Joseph Salmon and Toby Hayden.

Catherine and Joseph have both completed the first year of their apprenticeship at Defence Munitions, a weapons engineering firm based in Gosport. Alongside their apprenticeship, both Catherine and Joseph are studying for engineering qualifications at the CEMAST college at Daedalus airfield (Centre for Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training).

Toby Hayden has just completed his apprenticeship at ECDIS, a UK company based in Whitely offering courses to seafarers around the world.

You can see their stories in full, here.

Commenting, Caroline said:

"I am so pleased that the fantastic resources on offer at the CEMAST campus are being exploited by highly skilled apprentices like Catherine and Joseph. It is great to hear about the value Catherine, Joseph and Toby attribute to learning while working and earning. I am sure the technical skills and knowledge they are gaining at Defence Munitions & ECDIS will serve them well in the future."

Caroline has shared Catherine and Joseph's stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Caroline4Gosport/ and tweeted about them @cj_dinenage.

16 SEP 2016


HMRC held an emergency drop-in session yesterday for MPs whose constituents are facing difficulties receiving their child tax credits due to Concentrix at which we raised the cases of all constituents who have approached me. HMRC will contact these constituents within 48 hours.

HMRC has decided not to extend its contract with Concentrix. HMRC's Chief Executive, Jon Thompson, has said: "We want to reassure customers who have had their tax credits stopped that we will prioritise their cases, and make sure that they are processed as quickly as possible. While it's right that we ensure that tax credits customers receive only the money to which they're entitled, it is vital that those customers have a high level of service."

On Wed 14 September, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jane Ellison MP, responded to an Urgent Question on the Concentrix issue in the House of Commons. You can read the full transcript here.

If you are having trouble with your tax credits, please contact me at caroline.dinenage.mp@parliament.uk or on 0207 219 0198.

16 SEP 2016


Gosport MP, Caroline Dinenage, is urging people to get involved in the third year of 'Older Persons Month' in Gosport this October.

An effort to celebrate maturity and encourage older residents to get 'out and about', Older Persons Month involves lots of events around Gosport and marks several special days, including the UN International Day of Older Persons, UK Older People's Day and Silver Sunday. Gosport Borough Council have worked closely with Gosport Older Persons Forum and local organisations and groups, to fill the whole month with events.

This includes the annual 'Joint 55+ Info Fest and Winter Warmth Event' which will take place on Friday 21 October at Thorngate Hall, with lots of information about a broad range of organisations, local services, social activities, help with keeping warm and well during the winter and fun interactive demonstrations. Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service will also be at the event to carry out electric blanket safety checks.

Speaking in support of Older Persons Month, Caroline says:

"I am so pleased that Gosport Borough Council is working to promote social engagement amongst the older generation and reduce loneliness. Loneliness affects many older people in our area and is a huge cause for concern and I am proud of the work that is taking place across Gosport to tackle this.

I am confident that these events will help people to feel that they are part of a strong and caring local community."

To see what other events will be on around Gosport during October please visit http://www.gosport.gov.uk/EasySiteWeb/GatewayLink.aspx?alId=40628 or contact Donna Simpson on 02392 545421.

15 SEP 2016


Local MP Caroline Dinenage met with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond yesterday, to call for government funding to complete the Stubbington Bypass and Bus Rapid Transit scheme

Having met with the former Chancellor George Osborne last year, Caroline helped to secure the funding necessary to carry out the preliminary work on the Stubbington bypass . The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has now submitted its Regional Growth Fund (round 3) bid to Government, seeking funds to complete both the Stubbington Bypass and BRT on the grounds that the better peninsular access is utterly essential for addressing Gosport's congestion problems.

Earlier this summer, Hampshire County Council agreed to contribute £8.5m to the bypass project, 25% of total expected cost, which will be paid back through business rates from the Daedalus Enterprise Zone. The Government should make a decision on whether to fund the rest of the project in the Autumn.

Speaking after the meeting, Caroline said:

"I was pleased to meet with the Chancellor today to make my clear case for why we need central government funding for both the Stubbington Bypass and BRT. For too long our local area has suffered from underinvestment in infrastructure and these projects are an important part of the solution to our traffic problems. The Government should make a decision in Autumn and I will continue to make the case for investment in the Gosport constituency."

Earlier in the week, Caroline also met with the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling and the Local Growth Minister, Andrew Percy to raise local traffic problems and request that the Government correct the historic lack of investment in infrastructure in the Gosport constituency.

13 SEP 2016



Local MP, Caroline Dinenage organised for 30 pupils from Bridgemary school to visit Google's Campus London yesterday to learn what it means to be an entrepreneur.

To inspire young people, Google has created Future Founders, a youth entrepreneurship programme, which aims to tackle myths and perceived barriers to entrepreneurship, encourage a mind-set of experimentation and bold thinking, and educate young people about the support and advice available to start-up founders. Students also learn about the positive social impact of many start-ups.

According to research by YouGov, only 34% responded that entrepreneurship aims to make a social impact and only 32% believe they would benefit from starting their own business. 56% perceive it as risky, 21% as unstable and 11% as reckless. This might highlight the need for more inspirational examples as one in three young people don't know anyone who runs their own business.

The programme, aimed at 15-18 year olds, will not only include stories of young UK entrepreneurs but also invite attendees to pitch their social entrepreneurship ideas and make a first step towards applying for UnLtd funding, which offers social start-up grants to young people ranging from £500 to £5000.

Caroline Dinenage MP went to meet the pupils at Google Campus London to see what they were up to. Commenting on the event, she said:

"It was great to see Bridgemary pupils today being inspired by the fantastic team at Google Campus. I sat in on the neighbourhood session, when the pupils identified positives and negatives about living in Gosport and came up with ideas for social enterprise companies. Their ideas were truly impressive and given that we have low business start-ups in Gosport, I sincerely hope that some pupils will come away from today feeling inspired to be the entrepreneurs of the future."

Sarah Drinkwater, Head of Campus London, said,

"No matter what their eventual career, we know that teaching students about entrepreneurship builds critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills. These are highly important skills for young people as they prepare to enter the world of work, but can also ensure that the UK's start-up ecosystem flourishes in the years to come. By running the Future Founders programme with Bridgemary we hope to inspire the next generation of innovators who will shape Britain's future."

Having set up her own business Caroline is a strong advocate of entrepreneurship and keenly champions the growth of small businesses in Gosport and Westminster. In the last Parliament she was the Prime Minister's Small Business Ambassador for the South of England and sat on Parliament's Business, Innovation & Skills Select Committee.

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