24 AUG 2015

CAROLINE TO ATTEND FIRST AID TRAINING EVENT

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage will be attending Mum Aid First Aid's training event this Wednesday, 26th August.

Mum Aid First Aid offers affordable first aid training for children and families. Wednesday's event will be free of charge and will educate attendees in baby and adult CPR as well as defibrillation.

Speaking ahead of the session, Caroline said:

"As a parent, I know how frightening it can be when a child becomes unwell which is why it is important that we are well equipped to carry out emergency first aid procedures including CPR and defibrillation.

Being able to act quickly is crucial and can have a dramatic effect on outcomes so I would encourage anyone with small children to come along and learn more about these potentially lifesaving procedures."

The scheme will be running for six weeks at Arty's at The Coach House, 98 Fareham Road, Gosport, PO13 0AG between 7pm and 9pm on Wednesday. For more information visit: http://www.mumaidfirstaid.com/#!cpr/c15cc.


12 AUG 2015

CAROLINE ENCOURAGES PARTICIPATION IN HERITAGE OPEN DAYS

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage is urging local people to sign up for the Gosport Heritage Open Days which will run from 10th-13th September.

The series of events is once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring Gosport's history and culture to life. Bookings for the 35 events taking place during the Open Days will be available from the Gosport Discovery Centre from 9am on Saturday 15th August.

Highlights from last year include tours of Fort Blockhouse, HMS Sultan, Fort Rowner and Royal Clarence Yard whilst new to the bill this year is a twilight tour of HMS Alliance.

Caroline commented:

"The Heritage Open Days give local people a unique insight into the history of our area by opening up the sites which have a real story to tell about Gosport's role in events of historic significance.

With so many exciting events on offer there is something for all the family so I would really encourage local people to get down to the Discovery Centre on Saturday and put their names down."

From Sunday 16th August, booking can be done by email (tickets@gosportheritage.co.uk) or by telephone to the Tourist Information Centre (023 9252 2944). A full list of events can be found here: www.gosportheritage.co.uk.


30 JUL 2015

GOSPORT INDEPENDENT PANEL CALLS FOR INFORMATION

Local MP Caroline Dinenage is urging anyone who wishes to raise concerns about the treatment of patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital between the 1980s to early 2000s to contact the Gosport Independent Panel.

The Panel was set up in July 2014 by then Care Minister, Norman Lamb MP to address historic concerns raised by families over a number of years about the initial care of their relatives in Gosport War Memorial Hospital and the subsequent investigations into their deaths. The Panel is chaired by Bishop James Jones and is currently reviewing documentary evidence held by a range of organisations and individuals.

As part of the review, the Panel is inviting anyone who may have concerns to make contact in confidence. A series of adverts are set to appear in the regional press and posters will be displayed in local libraries and other community hubs.

Caroline commented:

"For everyone who has been involved in this case, from bereaved families to hospital staff, it has been a long and difficult journey. I am pleased that the Panel is now at the point where it can reach out to the individuals affected and give them an opportunity to voice their concerns.

I would encourage anyone who has any information, no matter how small it may seem, to get in touch with the Panel and help them to gather the evidence that they need to bring closure to this case."

Bishop James Jones said:

"As Chair of the Panel, I would like to invite anyone who wishes to raise any historic concerns about the treatment of patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital to contact the Panel. Many families have concerns about the way their relatives were treated and how their complaints have been handled. I want to make sure families' views are taken into account and fully considered by the Panel."

Since the announcement of the Panel Members and Terms of Reference in December, a significant number of families have already come forward.

If you would like to contact the Panel, you can do so in confidence by completing the contact form at: https://gosportpanel.independent.gov.uk/contact/ or by emailing enquiries@gosportpanel.independent.gov.uk or by calling 0207 972 4212 during normal office hours.


23 JUL 2015

CAROLINE WELCOMES HERITAGE OPEN DAYS NEWS

Local MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed news from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) announcing that the organisation will be providing support to the forthcoming Heritage Open Days in Gosport.

The RIBA's public engagement programme, Love Architecture is partnering nationally with Heritage Open Days for the first time this year, with the theme 'Engaging people with the story of buildings – past, present and future'.

Gosport was one of two towns (along with Hastings) selected by the RIBA to receive support through this initiative and therefore specialist historians will lead tours and provide architectural background during the Heritage Open Days which will run from 10th-13th September.

Caroline commented:

"The Gosport peninsula has an incredibly rich history so I am really pleased to hear that the RIBA has decided to support the 21st year of Heritage Open Days here in our area.

The talks and tours are set to provide a real insight into our heritage and it is a great opportunity for young people to learn more about the area in which they live. I would encourage local people to make the most of the forthcoming events by taking a look at what is on offer and marking the date in their diary!"

For more information about the Heritage Open Days and details of the events, please visit: http://bit.ly/1JxneRy.


22 JUL 2015

CAROLINE PRESENTS CITIZENSHIP AWARDS AT CROTON ANNE DALE

Local MP Caroline Dinenage visited Crofton Anne Dale Infant School to present pupils from Year 2 with their citizenship awards last week.

In order to earn a citizenship award, the children have to work in the community for a number of weeks, take part in a hobby regularly and organise an activity or event.

After the presentations, Caroline said:

"It is wonderful to see young people taking part in activities which will help them become citizens who are mindful of our community and actively involved in society.

This initiative encourages young people to take part in extra-curricular activities from an early age and I was delighted to hear from the pupils about the new skills they have developed and hobbies they have found."

Since her election, Caroline has visited all 41 schools in her constituency – many of those on a number of occasions. She takes a great interest in education issues and has helped to secure an additional £13 million in funding for schools since 2010.


20 JUL 2015

CAROLINE URGES COMMUNITIES TO LAUNCH WW1 PROJECTS

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage is urging communities in her constituency to apply for a portion of the new £4m Heritage Lottery Fund money to explore the impact of World War One.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced that new National Lottery money will be available to help communities across the UK mark the centenary of the First World War, following the huge success of its community grants programmes, First World War: Then and Now.

Between 2015 and 2016, communities looking to explore, conserve and share local heritage of the First World War will be able to apply for grants between £3,000 and £10,000.

Commenting on the initiative, Caroline said:

"It is really important that we keep our heritage alive, particularly for younger generations to whom World War One is becoming increasingly distant.

Here on the Gosport peninsula we have a rich military history and plenty of stories to tell so I would encourage communities with an idea for their own project to get in touch with the Heritage Lottery Fund."

For more information about how to apply, visit: www.hlf.org.uk.


17 JUL 2015

GOSPORT TO FORM NEW COASTAL COMMUNITY TEAM

Local MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed news from the Department for Communities and Local Government that Gosport has been successful in its bid from the Coastal Community Fund.

The area has been chosen as one of 28 tasked with reviving the South East's seaside towns which will share the £1 million fund set aside to support the initiative. It will also be able to bid for up to a £50,000 share of a new £3 million Coastal Revival Fund to support or restore local heritage and facilities which benefit the wider community.

Centred on the waterfront and town centre, the Gosport Coastal Community Team will use the grant awarded to develop an Economic Plan and attract further funding into the area. The Team will build on the work of the emerging town centre business partnership and other established business and community partnerships, including the Town Team and Gosport Marine Scene. As well as involving representatives from these groups, the Coastal Community Team will bring together other business and partner organisations that have a stake in the area.

Commenting on the good news, Caroline said:

"This is a terrific opportunity for us to further solidify our area's reputation as a fantastic marine location and great place for business and leisure. It shows that the Government believes in our area, its great economic potential and our strong vision for Gosport's future.

I am looking forward to supporting the team and learning more about its plan for the future – watch this space for more news about this project!"

Since her election in 2010, Caroline has been firmly committed to helping Gosport reach its full potential. She played a key role in establishing the Daedalus Enterprise Zone, came up with the idea for the Gosport Marine Scene and helped to set up the Gosport Town Team.

Other areas selected to form a Coastal Community Team include Dover, Littlehampton, Ramsgate and South Hayling Island. For more information, visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coastal-community-teams-to-take-control-of-seaside-regeneration.


16 JUL 2015

CAROLINE CELEBRATES UNEMPLOYMENT DROP

Local MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed new figures showing that since 2010 the number of people in Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head claiming Jobseeker's Allowance fell by 705 – a 50 per cent drop.

The figures also showed that wages are rising at the fastest rate in real terms since 2007, rising for the eighth month in a row. This means more people are in work, with the security of a good job and a regular pay packet.

Commenting on the good news, Caroline said:

"Thanks to the hard work and determination of local people and the Conservative Party's strong economic plan, we have seen a dramatic reduction in the local unemployment rate over the past five years. This is great news for our area with more financial security for people in work and more families with the stability brought about by a regular income.

I am confident that this Government's policies will help to build on this progress, backing businesses to create more good jobs and supporting those who want to work hard and get on as part of our ambition to achieve full employment."

Across the UK, long-term unemployment has fallen by 184,000 and 92,000 fewer young people are unemployed than a year ago. At the same time, more women are in the labour market with 159,000 more women in work than at the same time last year.

Unemployment in Gosport now stands at 1.5%.


13 JUL 2015

CAROLINE RECEIVES FAIR TRADE PETITION

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage met students at Brune Park School on Friday to receive a petition calling for more support to be given to small-scale banana producers.

Students from Brune Park School have been taking part in the 'Make All Bananas Fair' campaign which aims to increase the number of fair trade bananas sold by both ASDA and Tesco to a point where they only sell fair trade bananas like other supermarket chains.

Last year Caroline welcomed a group of Brune Park students to Westminster and joined them as they delivered their petition for a better deal for banana farmers to Downing Street. This was part of the 'Stick with Foncho' fair trade campaign that aims to transform the banana industry to ensure banana farmers and workers are treated fairly.

Caroline said:

"It is great to see young people from our area getting involved with campaigns such as these that can approve the lives of people living across the globe. I was really pleased to hear the students talk with such passion about this issue and to receive their carefully co-ordinated petition."

In 2011 over £1.3 billion worth of fair trade goods were sold in the UK; compared to just £50 million a decade earlier.


13 JUL 2015

CAROLINE CALLS FOR LOCAL INVOLVEMENT IN RAIL CONSULTATION

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed the announcement that the Department for Transport will soon be launching a full public consultation on the future of railway provision in the South West.

The announcement comes as it was revealed that the Department had been unable to reach an agreement with Stagecoach South West Trains to make a Direct Award for the next South Western rail franchise which will run from February 2017 – April 2019. Therefore, a franchise competition will be launched to ensure that passenger benefits are delivered in a way that achieves best value for taxpayers.

In reaction to the news, Caroline said:

"Whilst it is disappointing to hear that the Department for Transport was unable to reach an agreement with Stagecoach South West Trains, I believe that the launch of a franchise competition will pave the way for the development of an exciting and innovative plan for service provision into the 2020s.

This is a great opportunity for improvements to our local rail connectivity and I would recommend that local people who travel regularly on services from our area respond to the consultation and get their voices heard."

Caroline has long campaigned for better rail services to the Gosport peninsula; in the last Parliament she led debates in the House of Commons, asked questions of Government departments and held meetings with South West Trains.

The Department of Transport has yet to confirm the details of the consultation but once it does so, the details will be posted on Caroline's website.


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