"Reducing plastic waste is something that I have, and will continue to campaign for. I am delighted that the Government is taking action to tackle plastic waste that blights our beautiful local coastline and to encourage both producers and consumers, to reduce, reuse and recycle to protect our environment." Caroline Dinenage MP
Today the Government has launched a public consultation proposing a new, world-leading plastics tax. The tax on the production and import of plastic packaging would be introduced in April 2020 and tax plastic with less than 30% recycled content.
Over 2 million tonnes of plastic packaging is used a year, with 67% of plastic waste being packaging. The vast majority of waste is made from new and not recycled plastic. The new tax would give producers economic incentives to use either no, or recycled plastic packaging.
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has locally campaigned for reducing plastic waste from launching a new recycling initiative for paper coffee cups to beach cleans and giving up single-use plastic for Lent. On learning about the new consultation, Caroline commented:
"Last year I gave up plastic for Lent, I was shocked to learn how difficult it was to buy basic products without loads of unnecessary plastic packaging - that's why I am encouraged by action to inspire producers to think more about the plastics they use. Our environment is changing at a rapid rate and we need to take strong and definitive action to tackle this. I hope that this world-leading tax will incentivise good behaviour and help protect our local environment in Gosport."
You can have your say at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/plastic-packaging-tax.
"I am delighted that the Voyeurism (Offences) Act has made upskirting illegal. Upskirting is a degrading and distressing practice that invades a person's privacy. I am extremely pleased to hear that perpetrators can finally be criminally charged." Caroline Dinenage MP
Upskirting is now a criminal offence in England and Wales as new legislation means offenders can be charged for up to two years and in most serious cases can be placed on the sex offenders register. Upskirting came to Members of Parliament and the public's attention after the campaign launched by Gina Martin made national headlines. Gina had a photo taken underneath her skirt at a festival and could not legally pursue her case.
The Voyeurism (Offences) (No.2) Bill has now received Royal Assent and individuals can be convicted for photographing or videoing underneath a person's clothing without consent.
"I was appalled to hear Gina's case and to learn that upskirting was not illegal. It is an incredibly degrading and humiliating crime that can seriously affect a person's mental health. With the advent of social media, these photos can be strewn across the web without a person's consent without being able to prosecute the perpetrator. I am delighted to hear that the Bill has received Royal Assent and we can protect victims and their privacy."
Local MP, and Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage has launched a national recruitment campaign, to address the 110,000 vacancies in adult social care across England.
Running across February and March, the campaign aims to fill the sector's recruitment gap and support local recruitment activity by increasing interest in adult social care as a career choice and driving awareness of the variety of roles available. The national campaign will comprise social media, digital and local radio advertising, events and media relations across England.
As part of the campaign, Caroline invited care workers to the House of Commons to be given the opportunity to share their experiences and insight with MPs from across the UK. Caroline spoke to those it will directly affect, and to find out more about the varied ways it is possible to make a difference in adult social care.
Commenting, Caroline said:
"I have met some of the care workers involved in this campaign, and heard first-hand what a rewarding, varied and worthwhile career adult social care can be."
"I fully support this campaign and am looking forward to seeing its impact on the number of vacancies in the Gosport constituency."
"By helping local employers recruit people with the right personal values for care work, our communities will be better supported by highly motivated and skilled workers. If you think a career in adult social care could be for you, or someone you know, visit the campaign website www.everydayisdifferent.com for more information on what it means to work in adult social care."
Caroline Dinenage MP has added her support to a global awareness campaign and is encouraging constituents to help make the internet a better place this Safer Internet Day.
As part of Safer Internet Day, Caroline is hosting a Cyber Safety event to help parents be more confident about keeping their children safe online. The free event takes place at Brune Park in Gosport from 6.30- 7.30pm on Thursday 7 February.
On Tuesday 5th February 2019, millions across the UK and globally will be celebrating Safer Internet Day and Caroline has pledged support along with hundreds of schools, parliamentarians and organisations across the UK.
This Safer Internet Day encourages everyone to think about the ways in which they ask, give and receive consent online, using the hashtag #OurInternetOurChoice and Caroline is calling on constituents to get involved by:
Helping your family and friends to have a positive time online by giving them the information they need to stay safe. See advice at www.saferinternet.org.uk Promoting positive messages online, whether this is by backing a cause, helping a friend, reporting abuse or by showing support for your local club!Making the internet a better place this Safer Internet Day by taking positive action online. From liking your friend's content to sharing kind messages, post online using #SaferInternetDay2019 and #OurInternetOurChoice.Encouraging everyone to think about the different ways in which they ask, give and receive consent online using the hashtag #OurInternetOurChoice.
Commenting Caroline said:
"The online world is a fantastic place for young people to learn, create and express themselves, however we know there is lots of danger our there too, which is why we must ensure that they use it safely. My Cyber Safety Event will give parents and guardians the opportunity to learn how to protect their children online with some great guidance and advice."
This Sunday marks Holocaust Memorial Day, remembering those who were murdered during the Holocaust, as well as honouring the extraordinary survivors who are working tirelessly to educate young people today. Sunday 27th January marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the largest mass murder in history.
In the lead up to and on Holocaust Memorial Day, thousands of commemorative events have been arranged across the country, the theme being 'Torn from Home.' Local MP Caroline Dinenage has signed the Holocaust Educational Trust's Book of Commitment, pledging her commitment to the Holocaust Memorial Day and encouraging schools and residents to get involved with the resources provided by the Holocaust Educational Trust.
"As the Holocaust moves from living history, it is important that we take the time to remember the victims and pay tribute to the incredible survivors. The Holocaust did not start with violence, but venomous words. It is vital to educate the young on the lessons learnt from the past and their contemporary relevance, so that we can say never again."
Stuart Andrew MP, Minister for Defence Procurement at the Ministry of Defence, will visit Gosport on Monday to open a new Research and Technology centre at STS Defence.
Gosport based STS Defence are specialists in mission-critical communications and intelligent systems and operate in the defence, marine, aerospace and nuclear sectors.
The Minister will receive a demonstration of STS Defence's latest technology development after opening their new Research and Technology centre and a tour of their facilities.
Speaking ahead of the visit, Caroline said
"It is great that the Minister has the opportunity to learn more about the exciting and innovative work being undertaken by STS Defence.
I'm really pleased that the Minister has accepted my invitation to meet with STS Defence to discuss procurement from SME's and to open their new Research and Technology Centre."
Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has welcomed the news that the Gosport War Memorial Staff employed by Compass Medirest as domestic and porter employees will receive monies they are owed.
Earlier this month Caroline wrote to the Chief Executive of Compass Group, to query why the staff had not been paid the monies they were owed.
In a response received from Compass today they advised that "The agreement made by the previous employer of these individuals, (which was that their basic pay rate would be paid in line with Agenda for Change), was not formally recorded and, therefore, we did not have the information required to process this change."
They further stated "We have notified the employees concerned that this pay increase will be processed and back-dated and will be included within their salaried payment on 1 February 2019."
Commenting Caroline said:
"I am really pleased that following my contact with Compass, these employees will receive the money they are owed.
Once made aware, Compass acted quickly to rectify this issue and I am delighted that this matter has been resolved in a timely manner."
Caroline Dinenage MP, is calling for veterans who were at the D-Day landings or in Normandy to apply for a free one-off trip to France to commemorate D-Day75.
The Royal British Legion are taking 300 Normandy veterans on a free voyage to France to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings.
Commenting Caroline said:
"This is a fantastic opportunity for our veterans to commentate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in a very poignant way.
I would encourage anyone who is eligible for this free trip to apply."
Applications need to be received by 4th February and successful applicant will be informed by the end of February.
For more information please visit https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/community/d-day-75/
"The economic revival of Gosport has always been one of my top priorities. We have come a long way since we were written off by the last Labour Government." Caroline Dinenage MP
Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, has welcomed news that unemployment has fallen to a record low and is down 49% in Gosport since 2010.
New figures released by the Office of National Statistics showed the Claimant Count at 720 down from 1440 in May 2010.
Nationally, unemployment is at a forty year low having halved since 2010. A record 32.53 million people are employed, representing 75.8% participation of the workforce.
Real terms pay has also risen as wages have risen faster than the cost of living.
Commenting Caroline said:
"In 2010 as the new MP for Gosport, I inherited high unemployment, a devastating legacy of Labour's Great Recession. Since 2010 the Conservatives have seen record amounts of job creation and employment. This is great news locally meaning more prosperity and opportunities for everyone."
Following last week's vote in Parliament, I want to update you on my current thoughts regarding Brexit.
In June 2016 both the Gosport constituency and the country voted to leave the EU. I immediately pledged to respect the vote. As such, between now and then I have been faithful to that promise. I voted to invoke Article 50; to begin the process of leaving the EU. I voted for the EU Withdrawal Act 2018 which officially repealed the European Communities Act 1972 – thus ending our membership of the EU on the 29th March 2019.
I was also returned to Parliament on a manifesto promising to implement that decision. In fact, 93% of ballots cast in Gosport in 2017 were for Conservative, Labour and UKIP candidates who all stood on Brexit platforms.
Article 50, which 499 MPs supported, clearly states that we will leave the EU on the 29th March regardless of whether we agree a deal or not.
I would prefer that we left with a deal. I know that many local businesses would prefer the stability and certainty of a deal, especially given the low job density in our area. I am therefore pleased that the Government continues its cross-party talks to find an agreed way forward; although extremely disappointed that Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party have been unwilling to take part.
And if these talks fail, what then? Here's my view...
Revoking Article 50 and cancelling Brexit goes against what 64% of constituents voted for. I cannot support it.
Extending Article 50 and holding a second referendum is an unnecessary delay and only serves to prolong uncertainty.
To overturn the referendum would be profoundly un-democratic, undermining the voice of constituents who made an educated vote in 2016. I do not believe faith in our politics or elected representatives could recover from such a blow. Now is simply not the time to prevaricate.
I know from my years in business that the ability to walk away in any negotiation is crucial and to that end I believe No Deal is an effective tactic to getting a better deal. It is deeply frustrating to see MPs undermine the Prime Minister's negotiating hand by trying to get her to take No Deal off the table.
No Deal in itself would be suboptimal but, having seen first-hand some of the preparations, I am confident that we can make it work if necessary. I believe that we should be prepared to walk away if we cannot agree a way forward.
With the 29th March approaching, it is not the time to delay or question the mandate of the British people. The result must be respected, we must leave the European Union, and I fully believe that no matter how we leave we will continue to prosper outside of the EU. Now is the time for MPs to unite and fulfil the task that the people of Gosport and Britain have asked of us.