Caroline Dinenage has been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years, which she confirmed on Twitter last night.
Very happy to confirm my new ministerial portfolio – Women, Equalities & Early Years https://t.co/UNrHz0fOiQ
— Caroline Dinenage (@cj_dinenage) August 8, 2016
The appointment was officially made on July 17th when new Prime Minister Theresa May finalised her roster. There had been no announcement since and, following concerns raised by the Pre-School Learning Alliance (PSLA) over the delay, the confirmation finally took place yesterday.
Ms Dinenage studied Politics and English at Swansea University and was a small business owner for more than 20 years. She served on the City of Winchester local council between 1998 and 2003 and was appointed Small Business Ambassador for the South by the Prime Minister in June 2013.
Caroline Dinenage formed the All Party Parliamentary Group for Maths and Numeracy, describing herself as passionate about boosting literacy and numeracy in the UK.
Ms Dinenage’s ministerial responsibilities within education will include:
– Dealing with bullying in schools (including homophobic bullying)
– Early years and childcare (including the government’s commitment of 30 hours free childcare per week)
Beyond education, Ms Dinenage’s ministerial responsibilities will also 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)