27 NOV 2014

CAROLINE CELEBRATES NEWS OF AMERICA’S CUP EVENTS IN PORTSMOUTH HARBOUR

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed the news that America's Cup Racing will return to British waters when it is held in Portsmouth in July 2015 and July 2016.

During an event in London on Tuesday Sir Keith Mills, whose company will manage the America's Cup World Series (ACWS) in Portsmouth revealed plans for two action packed long weekends. Spectators will enjoy three days of racing, including practice racing on the Friday and then two races on Saturday and two races on 'Super Sunday Final'.

There will also be a three year activation programme running right up until the end of the 35th America's Cup in 2017.

Speaking in support of the events, Caroline said:

"This is great news for the Portsmouth area which has so much to offer big marine events such as these. Here in Gosport, the cutting-edge marine facilities and services will be put to excellent use and I'm delighted that our area will play a key role in supporting the upcoming events in 2015 and 2016.

These events are sure to attract a huge number of spectators from across the globe and will give us a fantastic opportunity to reaffirm the status of Portsmouth Harbour as a world class hub for maritime and marine activities."

The organisers of ACWS Portsmouth hope to bring the action to the public with 'free-to-view' areas in the Race Village where spectators can enjoy the atmosphere, and watch the racing.

Since her election, Caroline has worked hard to promote Gosport as a world-class marine and sailing destination. She was instrumental in the formation of the Gosport Marine Scene group in 2012.Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed the news that America's Cup Racing will return to British waters when it is held in Portsmouth in July 2015 and July 2016.

During an event in London on Tuesday Sir Keith Mills, whose company will manage the America's Cup World Series (ACWS) in Portsmouth revealed plans for two action packed long weekends. Spectators will enjoy three days of racing, including practice racing on the Friday and then two races on Saturday and two races on 'Super Sunday Final'.

There will also be a three year activation programme running right up until the end of the 35th America's Cup in 2017.

Speaking in support of the events, Caroline said:

"This is great news for the Portsmouth area which has so much to offer big marine events such as these. Here in Gosport, the cutting-edge marine facilities and services will be put to excellent use and I'm delighted that our area will play a key role in supporting the upcoming events in 2015 and 2016.

These events are sure to attract a huge number of spectators from across the globe and will give us a fantastic opportunity to reaffirm the status of Portsmouth Harbour as a world class hub for maritime and marine activities."

The organisers of ACWS Portsmouth hope to bring the action to the public with 'free-to-view' areas in the Race Village where spectators can enjoy the atmosphere, and watch the racing.

Since her election, Caroline has worked hard to promote Gosport as a world-class marine and sailing destination. She was instrumental in the formation of the Gosport Marine Scene group in 2012.


25 NOV 2014

CAROLINE LAUNCHES EARLY YEARS MATHS REPORT

At an event in Parliament today Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage unveiled her Parliamentary Group for Maths and Numeracy's report on early years learning.

In 2013/14, 28% of children in England failed to achieve the expected level in mathematics at the end of the early years foundation stage. The first report from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) calls for a better trained and qualified workforce that inspires a 'can-do' attitude in early years maths teaching. It is informed by a briefing session which took place in 

At the event, the skills Minister, Nick Boles MP spoke about the hugely significant impact that a child's early experience with maths can have on their numerical ability as an adult. Meanwhile, the TV presenter and maths guru, Johnny Ball highlighted the need to promote maths in play.Westminster in June when a number of education experts spoke to MPs and Peers about issues in their fields of expertise.

Caroline commented:

"Only one in five 16-64 year olds in England have numeracy skills equivalent to GCSE grade C and this situation is estimated to cost the UK economy £20 billion per year.

It is clear that we need to act fast. I'm pleased that the thought piece launched today by the APPG sets out some clear recommendations to the Government and am confident that Nick Boles will feed back to the rest of his department positively about the contents of the document."

Caroline formed the All Party Parliamentary Group at the beginning of the year in order to raise awareness about the importance of basic maths skills and to inform policy on improving adult numeracy and the future teaching of maths in schools.

You can read the report here.


25 NOV 2014

CAROLINE BACKS CAMPAIGN FOR CHEAPER HOLIDAYS FOR HARD PRESSED FAMILIES

Caroline Dinenage MP today wrote to the Chancellor in support of the campaign to cut the cost of a family holiday by scrapping the tax on children's flights.

Scrap the Tax on Family Flights calls on the Government to scrap the Air Passenger Duty (APD) on children's tickets (2-11yrs), giving families the break they deserve by helping to make their annual holiday more affordable – and delivering a vital saving, as many household finances continue to be stretched. Currently, children pay the same tax on their tickets as adults, despite there being a well-established principle that children are exempt from taxation, for example VAT on food and clothing.

Commenting, Caroline said "Families in Gosport deserve a break, and the Government should be helping them to make an annual holiday less strenuous on the family Budget. The Government have toughened up rules on taking kids out of school during term time, so alongside that should take steps to make family holidays more affordable.

That's why I'm calling on the Chancellor to scrap the tax on children's flights and I'm asking my constituents to support the campaign by going online and finding out how much tax they pay on their children's flights."

More details about the campaign can be found at http://www.afairtaxonflying.org/scrap-the-tax-on-family-flights/.


24 NOV 2014

CAROLINE TO LAUNCH EARLY YEARS MATHS REPORT

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage will launch a thought piece on early years learning conducted by the Parliamentary Group for Maths and Numeracy during an event in Parliament tomorrow.

In 2013/14, 28% of children in England failed to achieve the expected level in mathematics at the end of the early years foundation stage.

The first report from the Group is calling for a better trained and qualified workforce that inspires a 'can-do' attitude in early years maths teaching. It is informed by a briefing session which took place in Westminster in June when a number of education experts spoke to MPs and Peers about issues in their fields of expertise.

Caroline commented:

"Far too many young children in this country struggle with maths and numeracy. This leaves them playing a game of catch up for the rest of their lives; a game most of them end up losing.

As this report sets out we need a greater focus on maths and numeracy in the early years. If we can provide children with a good grounding at a young age then we will set them up to succeed in their later studies and their future careers."

Skills Minister, Nick Boles MP will deliver the key note address and television presented and maths guru, Johnny Ball will also speak at the event.

Caroline formed the All Party Parliamentary Group at the beginning of the year in order to raise awareness about the importance of basic maths skills and to inform policy on improving adult numeracy and the future teaching of maths in schools.


20 NOV 2014

CAROLINE STANDS UP AGAINST LOCAL BANK CLOSURES

Local MP Caroline Dinenage today spoke out in Parliament against two imminent bank closures in her constituency.

At the end of this month, HSBC will close in Lee-on-the-Solent leaving the town without a bank and in February next year, NatWest will be closing its doors in Stubbington. Given the dependence of local people and small businesses on these services, Caroline has been fighting to ensure that adequate alternatives are available to her constituents.

Speaking in the House of Commons, she said:

"Access to banking support is vital to small businesses and yet in my constituency, NatWest is closing their Stubbington branch and later this month HSBC are going to shut the last bank in Lee-on-the-Solent. Can the Minister urge these banks to do more to keep these important local services open?"

Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, replied:

"The changes in the way that banking is happening and the way that most people bank and the use of technology of course has an impact on how banks operate. Having visited Stubbington and Lee-on-the-Solent with her only this week I know how important these issues are locally. Of course, ultimately this is a commercial matter for the banks but we've got to make sure that banking services are available in all communities, not least to make sure that vulnerable people can get the access to the services if they can't use the technology."

Outside the Chamber, Caroline commented:

"I have written to both HSBC and NatWest explaining that these closures will have a huge impact on people who depend on them for personal and business banking services. Insufficient local consultation has taken place and the needs of people living on our peninsular have not been fully taken into account. It's about time that banks occasionally put customer service & community responsibilities ahead of profits"

Earlier this month, Caroline asked the Treasury to support calls for banks to not shut down the last bank in town.


18 NOV 2014

CAROLINE URGES LOCAL PEOPLE TO FIND OUT HOW TO CUT ENERGY BILLS

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage is calling on local people to ensure that they are taking advantage of free help and support with energy bills.

As the winter months set in, British Gas is offering advice on a number of measures to keep energy bills down. These include insulating your home, getting the best deal and finding out if you’re eligible for extra support from the Government and your energy supplier.

British Gas is currently offering free loft and cavity wall insulation which is available to 90% of homes that need it so to find out more, call 0800 316 4051. You can also receive advice about the best gas and electricity tariff for you by calling 0800 048 0202. Finally, to find out if you are a British Gas customer, find out if you’re eligible for support by calling 0800 072 8625.

Speaking in support of the ‘Get Ready for Winter’ campaign, Caroline said:

“At this time of year, it is really important that we’re fully prepared for the cold weather ahead so I am very keen that people across the Gosport constituency understand what help is available for them. Being energy efficient and keeping bills under control is so important and I would urge everyone to get in touch with their energy supplier to find out what support is available to them.”

You can find more tips on how to prepare for winter here: bit.ly/1ycTB3Q.


17 NOV 2014

CAROLINE WELCOMES MINISTER FOR PORTSMOUTH AREA TO DAEDALUS

Local MP Caroline Dinenage today welcomed the Minister for the Portsmouth area to the Daedalus Enterprise Zone in her Gosport constituency.

During the visit, the Minister was given a tour of the site and looked around the new CEMAST centre where he watched practical demonstrations and spoke to students and apprentices about their experiences at the College. He also visited Aerotech Solent Limited and attended a meeting with Caroline and key stakeholders from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.

Speaking after the visit, Caroline said:

"It was fantastic to welcome Matt Hancock to the Daedalus Enterprise Zone and to show him just a few of the exciting projects which are underway at the site.

He was very impressed by the cutting edge facilities at CEMAST as well as the aircraft at Aerotech and we had an extremely productive meeting to discuss the future of the site and what needs to be done to ensure that it reaches its full potential."

Since becoming elected, Caroline has remained committed to boosting economic growth in her 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.


14 NOV 2014

CAROLINE MARKS PARLIAMENT WEEK WITH LOCAL STUDENTS

Local MP Caroline Dinenage today celebrated Parliament Week during visits to St Vincent College and Fareham College at CEMAST.

Parliament Week is a programme of events and activities that connect people across the UK with Parliament and democracy; the annual initiative kicks off today and will run until Thursday 20th November.

Caroline joined students from St Vincent College and Fareham College for lively debates about local and national issues. She also spoke to students about the functioning of Parliament and her day-to-day life as the Member of Parliament for Gosport.

Speaking after her visits, Caroline said:

"It is so important that we engage young people with politics and Parliament Week is a great way to do just that. I always enjoy getting involved with the initiative and hearing from young people in our area about the issues they are most passionate about.

The programme went down really well at both colleges and I hope that we have inspired some budding politicians!"

Parliament Week is co-ordinated by the House of Commons with support from the House of Lords.


14 NOV 2014

CAROLINE TO BRING MINISTER FOR PORTSMOUTH AREA TO GOSPORT

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage will welcome the Minister for the Portsmouth area to her constituency when he visits the Daedalus Enterprise Zone on Monday.

The Minister will be given a tour of the site and the newly opened CEMAST centre where he will see practical demonstrations and talk to students about their experiences of the programmes on offer. He will also visit Aerotech Solent Limited and attend a meeting with Caroline and key stakeholders from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Caroline said:

"With the responsibility of ensuring that the Portsmouth area recovers from years of under investment, the Minister is our voice in Whitehall so it is extremely important that he understands the intricacies of our area and what we need to maximise growth.

For that reason, I am very much looking forward to showing him the many exciting developments which are currently taking place at Daedalus and talking to him about how we can ensure that the Enterprise Zone meets its full potential."

Since becoming elected, Caroline has remained committed to boosting economic growth in her 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.

The Minister will visit Gosport on Monday 17th November.


13 NOV 2014

CAROLINE WELCOMES EDUCATION COMMITTEE CHAIR TO CEMAST

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage today welcomed the Chair of the Education Select Committee to her constituency for a visit to the newly opened CEMAST centre at Daedalus.

The Education Select Committee examines the administration, expenditure and policy of the Department for Education and is chaired by Graham Stuart MP, who today saw for himself the excellent skills training facilities and apprenticeship programmes available at CEMAST (Centre of Excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing & Advanced Skills Training).

Speaking after the visit, Caroline said:

"I am extremely proud of the opportunities offered to young people at CEMAST – it is fantastic to have on our doorstep such cutting edge facilities which will foster the development of budding engineers from across the Gosport area.

It was a pleasure to welcome my colleague, Graham Stuart to the centre – as Chair of the Education Select Committee he has seen more than his fair share of education establishments but he was thoroughly impressed by what is on offer at CEMAST."

The centre opened in September, welcoming 900 full time and part time students on to its roll. It is the main learning centre for apprenticeship programmes run by companies including BAE Systems, GE Aviation and Virgin Atlantic.


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