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Dinenage takes on important childcare role

Caroline Dinenage, the MP for Gosport, Stubbington, Lee on the Solent and Hill Head, has been given the ministerial responsibility for childcare and early years.

Dinenage was initially appointed as parliamentary under secretary of state for women and equalities at the DfE in the new Theresa May government on July 17. On August 8, her ministerial portfolio was expanded to include childcare and early years as well.

Sam Gyimah MP, who previously held the portfolio for childcare and early years became parliamentary under secretary of state in the ministry of justice on July 16.

Even before she studied politics and English at Swansea University, Dinenage had established her own manufacturing company and was a small business owner for more than 20 years. She has been an MP since 2010.

She was appointed small business ambassador for the south of England by then Prime Minister David Cameron 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 Dinenage was parliamentary private secretary to Nicky Morgan MP while she was the education secretary and minister for women and equalities. She also founded the all-party parliamentary group on maths and numeracy in March 2014.

Married and with two children, the new parliamentary under secretary steps up at a difficult time as she takes on responsibility to see through the government’s commitment to provide 30-hours free childcare a week.

September 2016