Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years

Caroline Dinenage MP

Biography

Caroline Dinenage MP was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years at the Department for Education on 17 July 2016. She was elected Conservative MP for Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head in 2010.

Education

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.

Career outside politics

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

Personal life

Caroline is married and has two children.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years

The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • women’s equality (including addressing the gender pay gap and getting more women on company boards)
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender policy
  • the Equality and Human Rights Commission (including the equality legal framework and international commitments)
  • dealing with bullying in schools (including homophobic bullying)
  • early years and childcare (including the government’s commitment of 30 hours free childcare per week)

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

    • 2016 to 2016
  2. Minister for Equalities

    • 2015 to 2015
  3. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Family Justice

    • 2015 to 2016

Announcements

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  1. Justine Greening MP is new Minister for Women and Equalities

    • News story
  2. Gender Recognition Act review announced in plan for transgender equality

    • Press release
  3. Infant cremations

    • Statement to Parliament
  4. Rallying call for female boost in business and the boardroom

    • Press release
  5. Changes to the Women's Business Council Announced

    • News story
  6. "This is, beyond doubt, a critical time for gender equality."

    • Speech
  7. 2016 New Year Honours for services to Women and LGB&T equality

    • News story
  8. Caroline Dinenage responds to the launch of ‘Breaking up is Hard to Do’ report

    • Speech
  9. Cremations

    • Statement to Parliament
  10. Review into the care and management of transgender offenders

    • Statement to Parliament