Caroline Dinenage

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Caroline Dinenage
Ms Caroline Dinenage MP.jpg
Member of Parliament
for Gosport
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Peter Viggers
Majority 14,413 (30.7%)
Personal details
Born (1971-10-28) 28 October 1971 (age 43)
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Carlos Garetta (????-????)
Mark Lancaster (2014-present)
Alma mater Swansea University

Caroline Julia Dinenage[1] (born 28 October 1971)[2] is an English Conservative Party politician. She was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Gosport in 2010. In April 2014 she was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women, Nicky Morgan MP in her first Government appointment.

Early life[edit]

The daughter of ITV Meridian presenter Fred Dinenage, she has lived in South Hampshire all her life.[3] She attended Oaklands RC Comprehensive School, Waterlooville, and then studied Politics and English at Swansea University.[4]


She is a director/company secretary of Dinenages Ltd, a private limited company majority owned by her sister Beverley (85%), which under a former franchise contract still trades as Recognition Express, a distributor and supplier of corporate identity products.[5] In 2010, Dinenage had announced that she would sell her quarter share in the business,[6] but instead reduced her shareholding below that of legal control (15%).[7]

Political career[edit]

She started her political career in the City of Winchester, where she served on the local council for five years, resigning in 2003.[8] She stood as the Conservative Party candidate for Portsmouth South in the 2005 general election, finishing second with 33.9% of the vote.[9]

Parliamentary career[edit]

In 2010, after the retirement announcement of Sir Peter Viggers in light of the United Kingdom Parliamentary expenses scandal, Gosport Constituency Conservative Association held a United States-style open primary pre-election, inviting all constituents, of whatever political affiliation, to complete a postal ballot to select a candidate. Dinenage won the Gosport primary.[10]

Dinenage was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Gosport in the 2010 general election with a majority of 14,413.[11] She was named in The Guardian as Brian May's Hero of 2010 for her commitment to animal welfare and opposition to fox hunting.[12] Dinenage has taken a keen interest in defence issues, and has campaigned in particular for a medal for the veterans of the Arctic convoys of World War II.[13] From November 2012, Caroline has sat on the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee.[14]

On 5 February 2013 Dinenage voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the Second Reading debate.[15] She said that banning gay couples from marrying "takes nothing away from their relationship."[16]

In June 2013, Dinenage was appointed one of 12 Small Business Ambassadors by the Prime Minister.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Dinenage has two children with her former husband, Royal Navy officer Carlos Garetta.[18] In February 2014, she married fellow divorced Conservative MP Mark Lancaster.[19] She is a lifetime supporter of Portsmouth F.C..[10]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 59418. p. 8742. 13 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Caroline Dinenage MP". BBC News. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Caroline Dinenage". The Conservative Party. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Caroline Dinenage, Conservative, Gosport". Daily Echo. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Register of Members' Financial Interests, as at 24 February 2014
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  7. ^ Companies House Records, Dinenages Ltd; Registered No: 03852824; Access date: 5 March 2014
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  9. ^ "Portsmouth South". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  10. ^ a b Parkinson, Justin (27 July 2011). "MP Caroline Dinenage on duck islands, dads and the Krays". BBC News. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Gosport". BBC News. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  12. ^ "Arctic Convoys". Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage pushes for medals for Arctic Convoy vets". Daily Echo. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ "The House of Commons.2013.Marriage (Same Sex Couples)Bill 2012-2013". 
  16. ^ Scott, Roberts (4 February 2013). "Tory MP Caroline Dinenage: Banning gay couples from marrying ‘takes nothing away from their relationship’". Pink News. 
  17. ^ "CAROLINE APPOINTED SMALL BUSINESS AMBASSADOR". 6 June 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  18. ^ Matthew Drake (30 June 2013). "Caroline Dinenage dumps husband to date Tory MP Mark Lancaster". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  19. ^ "Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage weds fellow politician at House of Commons chapel". Portsmouth News. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Peter Viggers
Member of Parliament for Gosport