In light of the unspeakably horrific terrorist attack which took place in Manchester last night, all campaigning for the General Election across the country has rightly been suspended.
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones and the people of Manchester at this terrible time.
If re-elected on 8th June I will continue to inspire the next generation.
I believe that motivating our young people to reach their full potential is key for the future of our country.
I held an Enterprising Women event at Bridgemary which was designed to encourage Year 9 school girls from Bridgemary and Brune Park to explore all career opportunities available to them and overcome any barriers of self-doubt they may have to become the next generation of Enterprising Women. The event was a great success and attended by local and national entreupeneurs including Jacqueline Gold CBE.
I also hosted an event at Bay House and was joined by businesswoman and star of TV's "The Apprentice", Karren Brady for a business and entrepreneurship workshop. Students from a number of year groups were tasked with an 'Apprentice' style challenge. After a morning of planning, they pitched their entrepreneurial ideas to me, Karren and a panel of local business people.
I regulary host Democracy classes for primary school students to help them learn about our political system and my role as an MP and often host school visits to the Houses of Parliament so the children can see and learn about the heart of our democracy.
If re-elected on 8th June I will continue to help our children flourish and reach their full potential.
If re-elected on 8th June I will continue to keep pushing for housing improvements.
The multi-million pound Rowner Regeneration has improved the quality of lives for so many people across our area. There are 620 new houses across the site with the first homes being built in 2011.
The Project at Alver Village has replaced substandard housing and a run down shopping parade with brand new homes and a new neighbourhood centre and supermarket.
I visited the part of the development which benefitted from the Green Deal Communities Fund by having external wall insulation installed to their properties. The Green Deal is a long-term Government initiative designed to upgrade the energy efficiency of homes in Great Britain. It can help people understand the energy cost saving improvements they can make to their home.
If re-elected on 8th June I will continue to do my bit to make sure Gosport constituents have safe and warm homes.
If re-elected on 8th June I will continue to celebrate our fantastic coastal location.
There are exciting plans for the waterfront area between the Gosport Ferry and Royal Clarence Marina but before these can be pursued the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (formerly Defence Estates) had to be persuaded to release a key piece of disused MoD land. For years I have been battling with the DIO, and at the end of 2014, after bringing an official from the organisation to Gosport we finally got their go-ahead.
The release of this land will unlock the development of the entire waterfront area, where we have plans for a marine business park and a number of commercial ventures as well as improvements to our High Street.
If re-elected on 8th June I will continue to push for improvements to make our area even better!
If re-elected on 8th June I will continue to help keep Gosport safe.
I attended Gosport Youth Council's Crime Conference in early 2017 which educated young people on a variety of topics involving crime.
Following the tragic death of two local young women who were killed by a dangerous driver, I joined the campaign to deliver proper justice for the victims of criminal driving and their family.
Having met with the Secretary of State for Justice and Attorney General and spoken in Parliamentary debates to call for a more robust punishment for offenders, I am pleased that progress is being made. The Government has requested that the maximum sentence for this offence be reviewed and the law changed so that someone convicted of dangerous driving will now serve their driving ban upon release – rather than concurrent with their prison sentence.
If re-elected on 8th June I will continue to fight to see proper justice for the victims of this crime.
If re-elected on 8th June I will continue to wear unusual accessories to promote small businesses!
During difficult economic times we rely on the hard work & enterprise of our small businesses to grow this country out of recession. So, on becoming this area's MP, as a former business owner, I was clear that we needed to do more to support our fantastic small businesses.
I came up with the idea of starting the 'Bridging the Gap' fund using the Governments Regional Growth Funding. I then talked The News and the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership into supporting the idea and since then the fund has giving small businesses in the region an opportunity to bid for over £4M funding - supporting them to flourish & grow.
Every year I support Small Business Saturday and provide posters and information to small businesses across the constituency encouraging them to take part.
I have also organised and hosted a number of events for small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs to gain information and advice such as Disability Confident and an Enterprise Fair during Enterprise Week.
If re-elected on 8th June I will continue to back our small businesses
If re-elected on 8th June I will continue to push for better local sports facilities.
Having excellent sporting facilities in our area not only helps maintain a healthy community, it can also develop new talent amongst our young sport players.
I worked closely with Bay House School and Bridgemary School to secure funding for their new facilities – a brand new sports hall and a cutting edge 3G football pitch respectively. Bay House's new hall is now a great community sports hub and the new pitch at Bridgemary is thriving. Both of these facilities will be used by local sports teams as well as school students.
The Gosport Leisure Centre which opened in 2013 keeps sports at the heart of Gosport alongside the newly refurbished Ice Rink.
Sport England has invested £602,855 in Gosport facilities since 2010. Some of the lucky groups include Hill Head, Lee-on-Solent and Hardway sailing clubs, Gosport Bowling Club, Gosport District Scout Council and Gosport Jedi Volleyball. The Gosport Bowling Club's grant funding was spent on improving its facilities which includes a new all-weather pitch.
If re-elected on 8th June I will continue to work closely with our fantastic local sports clubs.
If re-elected on 8th June I will continue to support our armed forces.
Following many constituent complaints regarding Service Family Accommodation and Carillion Amey, I contacted Ministers and made a submission to the Public Accounts Committee expressing my concerns.
I have been fighting for improvements to the standards of Service Family Accommodation and due to my constant letter writing, Gosport was chosen as one of three pilot sites for an SFA complaints hotline. I am pleased that the number of complaints I receive about SFA has dropped and I hope this trend will continue.
With many service personnel living in Gosport and travelling to work, in light of our local road congestion, it is vital that commuters in our area have other, more sustainable, options available to them. However for years, service personnel travelling across the Harbour to work in Portsmouth were only able to claim back their travel costs if they went by car.
For three years I campaigned for the Home-to-Duty travel allowance to be reinstated for our armed forces commuting to work on the Gosport Ferry. I even brought Government Ministers to our area to get them on side. I was delighted when the MoD finally agreed. As one of the most expensive stretches of water in the UK it would be great to see ferry fares lower for all commuters, but in our quest to take cars off the roads at peak times every little helps!
If re-elected on 8th June I will continue to fight for better accommodation and fairer allowances for our armed forces and their families.
If re-elected on 8th June I will continue to I will continue to wear hi-vis outfits to visit clever apprentices.
Ensuring that young people are equipped with the skills they need to get on in life must be a priority and I am extremely proud that the Gosport constituency has had the highest number of apprenticeship starts in Hampshire – over 14,000 since 2010. 45% of these were in the engineering and manufacturing technologies sector, demonstrating the strength of these industries in our area. The new CEMAST skills centre at the Daedalus Enterprise Zone has seen over 900 students pass through its doors who are undertaking apprenticeships with companies such as Britten Norman, Vector Aerospace and BAE. The skills centre was a key priority for the Daedalus Strategy Group which I set up to ensure that the Enterprise Zone meets its full potential, we fought hard to bring CEMAST to Daedalus and create skills training opportunities for young people & employers in our area.
I am delighted that the Conservatives have made 11 commitments for working people which you can find details about here.
If re-elected on 8th June I will keep ensuring that the apprenticeship systems works for our young people and businesses.
If re-elected on 8th June I will continue to fight for funding for our schools.
Over the past five years, schools across Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head have received an additional £15 million of funding which has been spent on boosting school places and improving buildings & facilities. Now an extra 1.8million children are in good or outstanding schools.
I have visited all 41 schools in the constituency, many more than once and, although there is still some progress to be made in certain areas, I am pleased to see just how much of an impact this boosted budget has had.
If re-elected on 8th June I will keep fighting to ensure our schools get the funding they deserve.
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This website was created when I was MP for the Gosport constituency from May 2010 until Wednesday 3 May 2017. I have now ceased to be an MP, as Parliament has been dissolved for the General Election on 8 June 2017 when a new Parliament is elected.