GOSPORT MP Caroline Dinenage has been elected on to an important parliamentary committee.
She will now sit on the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee, and will be responsible for scrutinising the department, along with broadcast regulator Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading.
Ms Dinenage told The News that she believes her background in owning a small business since she was 19 would stand her in good stead for the role.
The job was open following the cabinet reshuffle, with five other candidates contesting the role, including Jonathan Djanogly, a former justice minister.
Ms Dinenage said ‘I’m really passionate about championing business locally – to get Daedalus I ended up calling a debate and I think that’s been noticed.
‘It’s something I am interested in and can contribute to and looking at the committee they have a lot coming up that I can contribute and things I am knowledgeable about, especially with LEPs (local enterprise partnerships).
‘It shows the people of Gosport that I am working hard at every level.’
Ms Dinenage has played a key role in the Daedalus Enterprise Zone and the Bridging the Gap Regional Growth Fund for new and growing businesses.
Recent committee investigations include reform of executive pay and higher education.