|Member of Parliament
6 May 2010
|Preceded by||Mark Oaten|
28 January 1974 |
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
|Alma mater||University of Liverpool|
Stephen Charles Brine (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.
Brine was educated at Bohunt School, Highbury College and the University of Liverpool 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?".
- "Steve Brine MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
- "Election 2010: Winchester Results". BBC Election 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/steve_brine/winchester They Work For You Profile] "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."
- Hansard HC 5 February 2013. Col 157 Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. online edition
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|Member of Parliament for Winchester