Local MP for Gosport, Caroline Dinenage has returned after a weekend in Afghanistan as part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme. This popular and long running scheme provides MPs with the opportunity to experience military life first-hand and strengthen connections between serving men and women and their representatives in Parliament.
Caroline spent her time in the British base at Camp Bastion where she was briefed by different elements of the Allied campaign including; the Improvised Explosive Device search team, the UK/Afghan training staff and the Provincial Reconstruction Team who are all working hard to create a safe and secure Afghanistan.
Caroline spoke about her experiences upon her return, saying “It’s been such a rewarding opportunity to learn more about the duties of our courageous forces out in Afghanistan. Being exposed to the demanding conditions our troops have to endure day in day out has reaffirmed just how incredibly hard they work to keep us all safe.”
Caroline also had the chance to meet with local constituents from the Gosport and Southsea areas who are currently out in Afghanistan on a tour of duty.
Caroline added, “I was also able to meet with senior military and diplomatic officials during my visit and I intend to continue my interest in the region back in Westminster.”