Dinenage MP

Caroline Dinenage MP has been selected as our July Inspiration of the Month, she is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Gosport and has been since the 2010 General Election. Caroline's background is in business, having established her own manufacturing company at the age of 19 - she is still a Director of the firm - which makes corporate identity products for a number of blue chip companies. Since her election, Caroline has forged a strong reputation on local and national issues. With twenty years’ experience as a small business-owner, she has championed SMEs, British industry and skills training in Parliament.   She chairs the Parliamentary Group on Local Growth and is a member of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee. She is also Vice-Chairman for the Parliamentary Manufacturing Group.  

Caroline has built up a solid track record of supporting enterprise and innovation locally. She has played a key role in the creation of the Solent Enterprise Zone – securing a £25m investment package – and the 'Bridging the Gap' Regional Growth Fund for new and growing businesses in SE Hampshire.

Her other political interests include defence, which is a key employer in her Gosport constituency.  She is a member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and completed the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, which saw her visit the Falkland Islands and Afghanistan as part of the Royal Navy.  She also successfully campaigned for a medal for the Arctic Convoy Veterans of WWII.

Being the mum of two young sons keeps Caroline busy, but she's always up for a challenge - she Captain's the House of Commons charity Tug-of-War team, is Parliamentary Ambassador for England Netball and completed a fundraising parachute jump for the MS Society in 2012.

Caroline is a Vice-President of the RSPCA and 'Queen' guitarist Brian May named her his Hero of 2011 in The Independent Newspaper for her opposition to fox hunting!

To read Caroline's interview with the ACN please click on the below image.

About Caroline - photo