CAROLINE WELCOMES NEW MINISTER FOR PORTSMOUTH

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed the announcement that the Rt Hon Mark Francois MP has been appointed as the new Minister for Portsmouth.

The Minister will be responsible for coordinating work across Whitehall to support jobs and growth in the city and surrounding area. Mark Francois is also Minister of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government with responsibility for coastal communities.

Speaking after the appointment, Caroline commented:

"I'm delighted to hear that Mark Francois has been appointed as the new Minister for Portsmouth. Having been a Minister at the Ministry of Defence for a number of years, Mark understands our area's proud links to the Royal Navy, our defence industry and their importance to the national economy. I am very much looking forward to working with him and hope to welcome him to Gosport in the near future."

Mark Francois is the third Minister for Portsmouth following the appointment of Michael Fallon in January 2014 and Matt Hancock in July 2014.