14 SEP 2017

CAROLINE TO HOLD OPEN SURGERY IN ASDA

Local MP Caroline Dinenage will hold an open surgery at Asda in Gosport this Saturday.

Caroline's open advice surgeries give her constituents the opportunity to discuss their concerns about both local and national issues without making an appointment beforehand. By holding these surgeries, Caroline is fulfilling her pledge to reach out to people across the constituency.

Caroline commented:

"My open surgeries tend to be really popular, particularly with people who might not get a chance to book an appointment at my office.

It is so important that my surgeries are as accessible as possible so if you want to have a chat, raise problems or receive advice, please pop along."

Caroline's open surgery will take place between 10am and 11am on Saturday 16 September at Asda Gosport, Cranbourne Ind. Est, Dock Road, Gosport, PO12 1SH.

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


13 SEP 2017

CAROLINE 'WEARS IT PINK' FOR BREAST CANCER!

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, will be dressing in pink to lend her support to Breast Cancer Now's flagship fundraiser. Wear It Pink will see thousands of people across the UK adding a splash of pink to their outfits on Friday 20 October and raise vital funds for breast cancer research.

Caroline is encouraging her constituents in Gosport to join her, and sign up to take part in the UK's biggest pink fundraiser. The event, which takes place during October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is in its 16th year and has raised over £30 million to date for Breast Cancer Now's life-saving research.

Anyone can take part in wear it pink, which brings together schools, workplaces and communities. All you need to do is wear something pink, or hold a pink event at home, work or school, and make a donation to Breast Cancer Now. Whatever you do, you're helping the charity achieve its aim that, if we all act now, by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live.

Caroline said:

"Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. One in eight women will face it in their lifetime, and every year around 11,500 women and 80 men lose their lives to the disease.

"This is why I'm wearing a silly pink hat and urging everyone in Gosport to leave their dark winter clothes behind and 'Wear it Pink' on Friday 20 October. It's a fun and easy way to support Breast Cancer Now's vital research, and help stop breast cancer taking the lives of those we love."

Also in attendance was Sky News presenter and former Olympic gymnast Jacquie Beltrao. Jacquie, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, is lending her support to wear it pink in the hope that thousands of people across the country will take part in the event.

Jacquie Beltrao said:

"I'm very proud to support wear it pink; it's a great excuse to dress up in pink and have some fun while raising money for a really important cause. I have had breast cancer myself and following my diagnosis and treatment have become incredibly passionate about raising awareness and funds for research.

"Wear it pink has raised over £30 million to date for Breast Cancer Now, which is incredible. The event raises funds for the charity's world-class research, which will hopefully one day put a stop to this dreadful disease. That is why I'm asking people across the country join me, and the MPs who took part in Westminster, by adding a splash of pink to their outfits on wear it pink day and donating to Breast Cancer Now. I hope lots of people across the UK take part!"

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

"We hope that by wearing pink, Caroline will encourage her constituents in Gosport to get involved in their local community and help us fund life-saving research this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

"Wear it pink is a wonderful opportunity for communities across the UK to come together and have fun, whilst showing their support for everyone affected by breast cancer. Simply by wearing something pink and donating, you're raising funds for life-saving research and helping Breast Cancer Now reach our goal that, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live."

To take part in wear it pink this October, please visit wearitpink.org/2017 for further details, fundraising ideas and how to register for your free fundraising pack.


12 SEP 2017

CAROLINE WELCOMES LOCAL LITERACY PARTNERSHIP

Caroline Dinenage MP has welcomed an exciting new partnership between 'We CAN Read' and Gosport Jobcentre Plus.

Gosport and Fareham based charity 'We Can Read', which helps adults develop their literacy skills, will now be operating a desk at the Jobcentre in Gosport High Street on Tuesday mornings, between 10am and 12 noon. This will enable Jobcentre staff to refer non-readers on to 'We CAN read' directly, alleviating the anxiety many people feel waiting for their first appointment.

'We CAN Read', which is run entirely by volunteers, uses a fun phonics programme to develop reading skills. The programme provides one-to-one coaching, and is ideal for anyone who has received inadequate reading tuition in the past. The organisation has been active for nearly six years, and has helped 70 local adults to read over this period. Linda Curtis, who coordinates the organisation's Gosport-based volunteers, has described the partnership as 'a huge breakthrough' in tackling barriers non-readers face to securing employment.

Commenting, Caroline said: 'I have been a passionate advocate of 'We CAN Read' for many years now, and am thrilled that this new collaboration will enable more local people to access their support. Improved literacy not only opens doors to employment, but also improves self-confidence and increases independence. Taking the first step towards better reading skills can be daunting, so ensuring that support services are easily available is really important. I look forward to following the progress of this exciting new partnership.'


12 SEP 2017

CAROLINE WELCOMES LOCAL LITERACY PARTNERSHIP

Caroline Dinenage MP has welcomed an exciting new partnership between 'We CAN Read' and Gosport Jobcentre Plus.

Gosport and Fareham based charity 'We Can Read', which helps adults develop their literacy skills, will now be operating a desk at the Jobcentre in Gosport High Street on Tuesday mornings, between 10am and 12 noon. This will enable Jobcentre staff to refer non-readers on to 'We CAN read' directly, alleviating the anxiety many people feel waiting for their first appointment.

'We CAN Read', which is run entirely by volunteers, uses a fun phonics programme to develop reading skills. The programme provides one-to-one coaching, and is ideal for anyone who has received inadequate reading tuition in the past. The organisation has been active for nearly six years, and has helped 70 local adults to read over this period. Linda Curtis, who coordinates the organisation's Gosport-based volunteers, has described the partnership as 'a huge breakthrough' in tackling barriers non-readers face to securing employment.

Commenting, Caroline said: 'I have been a passionate advocate of 'We CAN Read' for many years now, and am thrilled that this new collaboration will enable more local people to access their support. Improved literacy not only opens doors to employment, but also improves self-confidence and increases independence. Taking the first step towards better reading skills can be daunting, so ensuring that support services are easily available is really important. I look forward to following the progress of this exciting new partnership.'


06 SEP 2017

CAROLINE WELCOMES AMBITIOUS NEW SHIPBUILDING STRATEGY

Caroline Dinenage MP has welcomed the Government's ambitious new shipbuilding strategy, which will see billions invested in growing the Royal Navy over the coming decade.

In a statement to the House, the Secretary of State for Defence, the Rt Hon Sir Michael Fallon, announced that the new strategy will adopt all 34 of the recommendations included in Sir John Parker's Independent Review, published last November. Reforms will transform procurement practices and help to develop a more sustainable and competitive shipbuilding sector. The strategy will lead to more cutting-edge ships for the growing Royal Navy whilst also maximising export potential. Having not exported a UK warship since the 1970s, the new ships will be designed to be attractive to navies around the world.

The Government will launch a competition to design and build a new class of general purpose frigates, the Type 31e, five of which will be built in the first batch. Each of these ships will cost no more than 250 million pounds and will be built in Britain. The first is expected to be in service by 2023. The new strategy will enable a modular construction process which could see frigates built across different shipyards, before being assembled at a central site. This reflects the construction process used on HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.

The plan will help boost jobs, skills, and growth in shipyards and the supply chain across the UK. The strategy document can be read in full, here.

Commenting, Caroline said: 'The Secretary of State's announcement is a welcome demonstration of the Government's commitment to both the Royal Navy and the long-term future of our domestic shipbuilding industry. It's also great news for our local economy, which is underpinned by the wider maritime and marine engineering sector. A modern, efficient and globally competitive shipbuilding industry will increase skills, exports and prosperity, while also ensuring our Navy remains able to effectively project UK influence across the globe'.


05 SEP 2017

CAROLINE MEETS YOUTH PARLIAMENT MEMBER

Caroline Dinenage MP enjoyed an engaging meeting with Anastasia Lonergan, the recently elected Member of Youth Parliament for Gosport, Fareham and Havant.

Anastasia is a year 11 student at Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville, which both Caroline and Penny Mordaunt, Portsmouth North MP, also attended. She recently won the vote to represent her fellow young people, and will be taking part in the Youth Parliament's annual debate in the House of Commons later this year. The debate will take place on Friday the 10th of November, after MPs voted unanimously to allow the UK Youth Parliament continued use of the Commons Chamber. Since 2009, it has been the only group other than Members of Parliament allowed to debate on the famous green benches of the Commons.

The 'Make Your Mark' campaign encourages young people between the ages of 11 and 18 to participate in a UK-wide ballot to decide the topics of the Youth Parliament's House of Commons debate, the outcome of which will determine the Youth Parliament's priority campaigns for the year ahead. The ballot closes on Friday the 6th of October.

Commenting, Caroline said: 'It was fantastic to meet Anastasia, who I know will work hard to ensure the views of young people from across our area are heard. Encouraging interest and engagement in democracy among young people is so important for the future of our country. The Youth Parliament is a tremendous organisation, and I will follow November's debate with great interest.'


31 AUG 2017

CAROLINE WELCOMES DEFENCE MINISTER TO GOSPORT

Gosport MP, Caroline Dinenage, today welcomed the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence People and Veterans The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP, to her constituency to visit several MOD sites.

Caroline and the Minister were joined by representatives from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and Gosport Borough Council for a tour of HMS Sultan, Fort Blockhouse and MOD retained land at Royal Clarence Yard.

The visit came in the wake of the Ministry of Defence plans for "A Better Defence Estate" published in November 2016 which includes the disposal of 91 sites, including two, HMS Sultan and Fort Blockhouse, which are in Gosport

For centuries the Gosport Peninsular has played a key role in serving the armed forces, and particularly the Royal Navy, with the facilities to accommodate, train, feed, equip, arm and prepare for their vital roles. Despite substantial sites like Haslar Hospital and HMS Daedalus being sold off in the last 20 years, approximately 21% of land in Gosport still remains in MOD ownership.

Speaking after the Minister's visit, Caroline said:

"I invited the Minister to visit Gosport to show him how important this area is to the armed forces and particularly the Royal Navy. I am keen to see sites such as Fort Blockhouse and the remaining section of Royal Clarence Yard released by the MoD in a way which will maximise local economic benefits, creating jobs and prosperity. But I also took the opportunity to discuss alternatives to the proposed disposal of HMS Sultan and make a strong case to the Minister that its sale would be to the detriment of Gosport, the Royal Navy and the MoD."

Defence Minister, Tobias Ellwood MP, said:

"I was please to visit Gosport to confirm the symbiotic relationship that the military has with Gosport, historically with the Army, Royal Navy and Air Force being here and also to learn more about what's happening in Gosport now. I am pleased to confirm that this relationship will continue."


30 AUG 2017

CAROLINE WELCOMES DEFENCE MINISTER TO GOSPORT

Gosport MP, Caroline Dinenage, will be welcoming the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Defence People and Veterans The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP, to her constituency on Thursday to visit several MOD sites.

Caroline and the Minister will be joined by representatives from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and Gosport Borough Council for a tour of HMS Sultan, Fort Blockhouse and MOD retained land at Royal Clarence Yard.

The visit comes in the wake of the Ministry of Defence plans for "A Better Defence Estate" published in November 2016 which includes the disposal of 91 sites, including two, HMS Sultan and Fort Blockhouse, which are in Gosport

For centuries the Gosport Peninsular has played a key role in serving the armed forces, and particularly the Royal Navy, with the facilities to accommodate, train, feed, equip, arm and prepare for their vital roles. Despite substantial sites like Haslar Hospital and HMS Daedalus being sold off in the last 20 years, approximately 21% of land in Gosport still remains in MOD ownership.

Speaking before the Minister's visit, Caroline said:

"The Ministers visit to Gosport is a welcome reminder of how important this area is to the armed forces and particularly the Royal Navy. I am keen to see sites such as Fort Blockhouse and Royal Clarence Yard released by the MoD in a way which will maximise local economic benefits. But I am also determined to discuss alternatives to the disposal of HMS Sultan whose sale would be to the detriment of Gosport, the Royal Navy and the MoD."


15 AUG 2017

CAROLINE CELEBRATES COMMUNITY'S EFFORTS TO CURE BLOOD CANCER

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has joined with Anthony Nolan to thank the 1192 people in Gosport who have registered with the charity as stem cell donors.

The figure places the constituency in the top half of the UK (165 out of 650) in terms of the number of potential lifesavers registered in the area. 44 per cent of the community's registered donors are male, and the average age is 40. Young men aged 16-30 are the most likely to be asked to donate to give someone with blood cancer or a blood disorder a second chance at life.

The figures come from Anthony Nolan's Communities versus Blood Cancer campaign, which celebrates the people who have already registered as donors and raises awareness of the shortage of donors that still exists. Young men and people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds are underrepresented on the register, making it difficult to find a match for everyone in need.

In total, 645,000 people in the UK are on the Anthony Nolan register, any of whom could be a match for someone with blood cancer and asked to donate their stem cells to give a patient a second chance of life.

Now, Caroline is encouraging more people from Gosport particularly men aged 16-30 and people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, to register as stem cell donors and make sure that a match is available for everyone in need of a transplant.

Caroline said:

"I am very proud that Gosport has 1192 people who have selflessly volunteered to give someone a second chance at life. Donating stem cells is straightforward but it could make an enormous difference to someone with no other chance of a cure.

"I strongly hope that more people from the Gosport Constituency will be inspired to sign up and show that together, our communities can provide a cure for blood cancer."

Henny Braund, Chief Executive of Anthony Nolan, said:

"We're grateful to all the registered donors in Gosport for helping us in our goal of saving and improving the lives of people with blood cancer and blood disorders.

"Anthony Nolan's pioneering research, dedicated nurses and patient-focused services mean we have increased the support patients receive at every stage of their transplant journey – but without the contribution of selfless donors, our vital work would be impossible."

For more information about Anthony Nolan, visit www.anthonynolan.org.


15 AUG 2017

CRIME IN GOSPORT

I share many residents concerns that there has recently been a worrying increase in crime and anti social behaviour in the Gosport area.

I have been in touch with the Chief Constable and Chief Inspector to discuss this further and ensure that all possible action is being taken to address this issue. I have also spoken with the Police & Crime Commissioner for Hampshire who is working with the Chief Constable on this matter.

Some residents have conflated the situation with the closure of the Police Station. However most local people will know that the Police Station has simply moved and is now co-located with the Gosport Borough Council offices. Hampshire Constabulary say this will mean there is better front desk provision and improved collaboration with the Council's Community Safety Team and more money to spend on front line policing. They also say that the number of front-line police hasn't been reduced in this move.

Both Fareham and Portsmouth Councils have recently introduced Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) which have significantly reduced incidents of rough sleeping in those towns. This may have had an impact on the number of rough sleepers in Gosport. I have spoken to Gosport Borough Council who have advised me that they will be consulting on a PSPO in Gosport which they are looking to implement ASAP.

I will continue to keep residents updated via my website.


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