MP defends taking on equalities minister role

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MP CAROLINE Dinenage has said she is fully committed to her role as equalities minister.

Ms Dinenage tweeted yesterday saying: ‘To all the others I want to be clear – I support equal marriage & I’m fully committed to advancing the cause of LGBT equality moving forward.’

The tweet comes after the Gosport MP has been criticised on social media following her appointment in the reshuffle by David Cameron.

People were angered by the decision by the Prime Minister as Ms Dinenage voted against same-sex marriage in 2013 when the bill was put before parliament.

But speaking to The News Ms Dinenage said she voted that way because of her constituents.

‘I voted that way not because of my own opinion but because but it was that of my constituents,’ she said. ‘I had hundreds of letters and that was the opinion put through to me.

‘I always promised I’d be a champion for Gosport in Westminster so I had a duty to reflect those views.

‘I’m pleased the bill passed and it’s now my job to take equality forward.’

During the reshuffle, Ms Dinenage was also named as parliamentary under secretary of state in the Ministry of Justice.