Caroline Dinenage is the Member of Parliament for Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head. She was elected in May 2010 with a majority of 14,413 votes. Caroline increased her majority in 2015 to 17,098 votes and 17,211 votes in 2017.
Prior to her election, aged 19 Caroline established her own manufacturing company and spent 20 years running the successful local businesses.
In 1998, she became the youngest ever member of Winchester Council. After contesting the Portsmouth South seat in 2005, she was selected as the Conservative candidate for Gosport.
In 2010, Queen guitarist and animal rights campaigner Brian May went gaga for Caroline, calling her his 'hero' for her role as a patron of Conservatives Against Fox Hunting. Caroline is an avid animal lover and has also held a political advocate position in the RSPCA.
With two young sons to keep her busy, Caroline enjoys making the most of Gosport's fantastic coastal location in her rare moments of spare time. She is qualified to drive powerboats, sail yachts and in PADI open water diving. She has risked both a parachute jump and an abseil of Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower to raise funds for local charities. She also enjoys skiing, horse racing and set up the first ever parliamentary netball group!
Caroline has been a lifelong fan of Portsmouth FC, who she has 'shed more tears for than any man' in her life.
Caroline In The Constituency
As a truly local MP, who has lived in South Hampshire her whole life, Caroline stands up for what matters to her constituents. She has helped secure a number of considerable investments for the local area, including over £50 million for the Enterprise Zone at Daedalus and over £50 million for infrastructure upgrades between Fareham and Gosport. In addition, Caroline helped secure a £25.7m package from central government to complete the long-awaited Stubbington Bypass, a much-needed new access route to the Gosport peninsula.
Having built up a glowing track record of supporting enterprise and innovation locally, Caroline played a key role in the creation of the Solent Enterprise Zone at the disused military airfield HMS Daedalus and instigated the successful 'Bridging the Gap' Regional Growth Fund programme for new and growing businesses in Gosport, Portsmouth & Havant.
Caroline has played a key role in the Solent Local Enterprise Zone (LEP) that works with local businesses, schools and authorities for the continued prosperity and development of the Solent region.
Making the most of her constituency's prime coastal location, Caroline has worked hard to promote the area as a world class hub for the marine and sailing industry and formed the Gosport Marine Scene in 2011 to promote the interests of local maritime businesses.
Caroline is dedicated to reaching out to all her constituents with her regular surgeries and street stalls. She's met with hundreds of local businesses and voluntary groups and has succeeded in visiting all 39 constituency schools at least once.
Caroline In Parliament
As strong supporter of small and medium-sized enterprise, UK industry and skills training in Parliament, Caroline was a member of the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee. In June 2013, she was appointed the Small Business Ambassador for the South by the Prime Minister.
Caroline is passionate about boosting literacy and numeracy in the UK, and called for the BIS Select Committee to launch a landmark inquiry into the country's basic skills gap. She also formed the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Maths and Numeracy.
Caroline has a keen interest in defence issues, served as the Vice-Chairman (Navy) of the APPG for the Armed Forces for 4 years and successfully campaigned to secure a medal for the Arctic Convoy veterans of WW2. She has regularly spoken up on Forces welfare issues, such as the effect of the airbridge from Afghanistan on R&R times, where she secured a key concession.
In April 2014, Caroline was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP.
From May 2015 to July 2016, Caroline was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice and Minister for Women and Equalities.
In July 2016, Caroline was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years at the Department for Education.
In July 2017, Caroline was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance at the Department of Work and Pensions.
In January 2018, Caroline was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Health & Social Care. You can find out more information about her responsibilities here.