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KEY ACHIEVEMENTS NUMBER 13: FORMING GOSPORT TOWN TEAM

Back in 2012, I helped set up the Gosport Town Team and secure £110,000 of Government funding to improve Gosport High Street. This came as a result of Mary Portas' review of high streets across the UK. Here in Gosport, the Town Team has come up with a number of ways to breathe new life into the High Street, including the Empty Unit Support Scheme which helps new businesses move into empty premises - meaning Gosport now has half the national average of vacant shops. There is so much more to do, if re-elected I will continue to push for more investment & improvements to our High Street.

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS NUMBER 14: BACKING SMALL BUSINESSES

Back in 2013, the Prime Minister appointed me as his Small Business Ambassador for the South. As part of this role I travelled around our region meeting business owners and feeding back to the Government about the niggly pieces of legislation that prevent small businesses from flourishing. This info resulted in the Small Business, Enterprise & Employment Act which has been another step towards helping small businesses to flourish & grow.

Our plan is getting Britain back to work

Creating jobs is at the heart of our plan, and the plan is working - with employment now at an all-time high. Over 1,000 jobs have been created every day since 2010 - and there are now 2 million more people in work.Every

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS NUMBER 16: SECURING PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY INTO LITERACY AND NUMERACY

Yesterday I talked about our fabulous 'Out There' project which offers education courses to adults in our local area. Having led a debate in the House of Commons about the importance of adult literacy and numeracy, a secured a high level Parliamentary inquiry to look into this important matter. We took evidence from a number of experts and published a report showing that there is still an alarmingly high proportion of adults with low literacy and numeracy skills. We set out recommendations such as reassessing the funding provision for literacy and numeracy courses and moving away from the traditional approach to qualification attainment.

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS NUMBER 17: SAVING ADULT OUTREACH RESOURCES

I am passionate about lifelong learning so when I heard that the adult outreach centre in Rowner was set to be closed down, I joined the fight to save it. Our successful campaign led to the resource being reopened in collaboration with St Vincent College at the Nimrod Community Centre where adults can now enrol on courses to boost their basic skills. The 'Out There' project is now flourishing and iseven used as an example of excellence on the EU stage.

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS NUMBER 18: GOSPORT'S 'DEMENTIA FRIENDS' INITIATIVE

Earlier on this year, I hosted a 'Dementia Friends' training session for my local team during which a representative from the Alzheimer's Society explained what we can do to ensure that people living with dementia are not isolated from our community. Following on from this successful session, I held an event in Gosport Discovery Centre to kick start the expansion of the 'Dementia Friends' initiative in Gosport and lots of local people dropped in to put forward their suggestions about how we can make our area 'Dementia Friendly'. This is something that I would like to drive forward if I am re-elected on May 7th.

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS NUMBER 19: DELIVERING EVEL PETITION TO PARLIAMENT

After the Scottish Referendum in 2014, it was clear that action needed to be taken to prevent Scottish MPs from voting on English-only issues. I set up a petition both online and in my Gosport office, calling for English votes for English issues to be introduced to the House of Commons as soon as possible. Almost 400 local people signed the petition and in the last week of Parliament, I formerly delivered it to the Speaker in the Chamber of the House of Commons.