Thanks to Carers Radio ... the new body on the block is :

Caroline Dinenage MP



Caroline Dinenage was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care on 9 January 2018. Caroline was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions from June 2017 to January 2018.

She was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years at the Department for Education from July 2016 to June 2017.

She was elected Conservative MP for Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head in 2010.

Caroline studied politics and English at Swansea University.

Political career

Between 1998 and 2003 Caroline served on the City of Winchester local council. She was appointed the Small Business Ambassador for the South by the Prime Minister in June 2013, and between 2012 and 2015 sat on the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee.

From April 2014 to May 2015 Caroline served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP. From May 2015 to July 2016 she served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Family Justice at the Ministry of Justice and DfE.
Career outside politics

Caroline has more than 20 years of experience as a small business owner, having established her own manufacturing company before university.

Minister of State

Ministerial responsibilities will be confirmed in due course.
More about this role

Department of Health and Social Care

Previous roles in government

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance
2017 to 2018[/b]
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years
2016 to 2017
Minister for Equalities
2016 to 2016
Minister for Equalities
2015 to 2015
Minister for Women
2015 to 2016

From the They Work For You website :
How Caroline Dinenage voted on Welfare and Benefits #

Almost always voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax")

Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices

Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability

Consistently voted for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support

Consistently voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits

Almost always voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed

Oh dear !


Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has pledged her support to carers across Gosport as part of Carers Week which runs from 8-14th June.

There are 6.5 million people in the UK who care for a partner, relative or friend of which 9,860 are in Gosport. Without the right help and support carers can become isolated, with their physical and emotional health, work and finances all affected.

The six charities driving Carers Week 2015 are calling on individuals, organisations and services throughout the country to take action to improve the lives of carers by building 'carer-friendly communities' that consider and support their needs.

Speaking after the event Caroline said:

"Carers make a hugely valuable contribution to society and they need support to carry on the work they do. That is why I am supporting this initiative to encourage services in Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head to think about the needs of carers across our area and reach out to them to help ensure they don't miss out on support."

Was she reading from a script ?


Local MP Caroline Dinenage is calling for people to join the Gosport and Fareham Basics Bank Reverse Advent campaign!

Caroline recently visited the Gosport and Fareham Basics Bank to meet thank local volunteers for their work.

For the second year, Gosport and Fareham Basics Bank are asking people to take part in a Reverse Advent. Where each day of Advent you add a food bank item into a box and then donate the contents.

Commenting, Caroline said:

‘The work that Gosport and Fareham Basics Bank is fantastic in supporting people in need across our area.

I can’t think of a better way to capture the true spirit of Christmas. It would be fantastic if local people could join me in the Reverse Advent campaign and support it in any way that they can. The Basics Bank are always grateful for donations no matter how big or small.”

The words POT / KETTLE / BLACK spring to mind ?

Should be somewhat " Entertaining " ?