Steve Brine

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Steve Brine
MP
Steve Brine (3rd Left) with University of Winchester Students, 20th September 2014
Member of Parliament
for Winchester
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Mark Oaten
Majority 3,048 (5.4%)
Personal details
Born (1974-01-28) 28 January 1974 (age 41)[1]
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Liverpool Hope University
Website Official Website

Stephen Charles Brine[2] (born 28 January 1974) is a British Conservative Party politician and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Winchester. In the 2010 general election, he had a majority of 3,048 (5.4%) over the Liberal Democrat candidate Martin Tod.[3]

Early life[edit]

Brine was educated at Bohunt School, Highbury College and Liverpool Hope University where he read History. He served a sabbatical year as President of the Students' Union. While in Liverpool he created a new company called Liverpool Student Media. In his youth, Mr Brine also joined Friends of the Earth, which he cited as one of the reasons which drove him into politics.

Radio journalism[edit]

A former radio journalist having spent time with the BBC where he was one of the organisation's youngest reporters and producers in BBC Local Radio at the age of 18, Brine spent periods with BBC Radio Surrey and BBC Southern Counties Radio as well as contributing as a freelance reporter to Radio Five Live. Brine also spent a year working in Chicago with the Tribune Media Group's WGN Radio.

Consultancy work[edit]

Brine before election to parliament worked at one of the country's leading consultancy firms specialising in customer care, culture change, people development and new business opportunities among public and private sector clients.

Personal life[edit]

Brine is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur, his sports include skiing, tennis, golf and boules and enjoys live music such as at The Glastonbury Festival. Brine is married with two children.

Political career[edit]

Brine assisted Conservative Central Office when William Hague was leader of the party and again during the 2005-10 Parliament when he worked with Conservative MPs and Parliamentary Candidates across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Brine has to date voted in favour of raising tuition fees to £9000, against a more proportional system for electing MPs and against equal gay rights[4]

Formerly the party's area campaign director for Hampshire, Steve was selected in November 2006 for Winchester, where he has served a deputy chairman (political) of the local Conservative association.[5]

On 5 February 2013, Brine opposed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, which aimed to introduce same-sex marriage in England and Wales, asking a question of Rt Hon Tim Loughton positing that the progressive outcome would be to meet the perception that "civil partnerships are somehow not enough...without redefining marriage and mortally offending so many of my—and I am sure his—constituents?".[6]

Speaking to a newspaper about his vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, Steve Brine said: “"This was a free vote as matters of conscience traditionally are. As I said in Parliament, if there is a feeling out there that civil partnerships, which I strongly support, are now somehow not enough the coalition should have produced a green paper to explore options for change. That could have been done in a collegiate way instead of a non-consultation last year leading to a rushed Bill that has horribly divided the entire country and the Government.

"That said, I have received more contact from constituents on this, mostly opposed to the Bill for what it's worth, than any other subject in almost three years and many said to me the coalition should not be spending any time on this and has no mandate for such a major constitutional change. I will be following the Bill extremely closely as it moves into committee."[7] In 2013, Mr Brine was made a PPS (Parliamentary Private Secretary) to Mike Penning, Minister of State at the Department for Work & Pensions and Minister for Disabled People. As a result, he worked closely with colleagues including Iain Duncan Smith (Conservative) and Steve Webb (Liberal Democrat) as the coalition government sought to tackle many problems with welfare and pensions issues. [8]

In July 2014, Brine followed Mr Penning to a new Government role, within the Home Office and Ministry of Justice.[9] This followed a number of years spent on the House of Commons Justice Select Committee, chaired by veteran Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith, where much of Mr Brine’s work was centred around rehabilitation. As part of this, Brine took part in a Reducing Reoffending conference which was held in Winchester in early 2014 [10]

References[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Mark Oaten
Member of Parliament for Winchester
2010present
Incumbent