Steve Brine

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Steve Brine
Official portrait of Steve Brine crop 2.jpg
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
for Health
Assumed office
14 June 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May
Sec. of State Jeremy Hunt
Assistant Government Whip
In office
17 July 2016 – 14 June 2017
Prime Minister Theresa May
Member of Parliament
for Winchester
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Mark Oaten
Majority 9,999 (17.5%)
Personal details
Born (1974-01-28) 28 January 1974 (age 43)[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] He was re-elected to the House of Commons in the 2015 general election with an increased majority of 16,914 (30.6%).,[4] and then again in the 2017 general election with a reduced majority of 9,999 (17.5%).[5]

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.[6] While in Liverpool he created a new company called Liverpool Student Media. In his youth, Brine also joined Friends of the Earth, which he cited as one of the reasons which drove him into politics.[citation needed]

Professional career[edit]

Brine worked as a radio journalist, and when 18 years old was one of the BBC's youngest reporters and producers on BBC Local Radio, before working with BBC Radio Surrey and BBC Southern Counties Radio as well as contributing as a freelance reporter to Radio Five Live.[6] Brine also spent a year working in Chicago with the Tribune Media Group's WGN Radio.[6] He also worked as a business development consultant, and for a golf marketing and publishing business.[6]

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.

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.[7]

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?".[8]

Speaking to a local newspaper about his vote, 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."[9]

In 2013, 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.[10]

In July 2014, Brine followed Mr Penning to a new Government role, within the Home Office and Ministry of Justice.[11] 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 on rehabilitation. As part of this, Brine took part in a Reducing Reoffending conference which was held in Winchester in early 2014[12]

Steve Brine was re-adopted by the Winchester Conservatives to contest the seat at the General Election held on 7 May 2015 and was re-elected with a majority of almost 17,000.

In May 2015, Brine was made Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health.[13]

Brine was opposed to "Brexit" prior to the 2016 referendum on the UK's membership of the EU.[14] After the change of Prime Minister in July 2016, Steve became a Minister after being appointed by Theresa May as an Assistant Government Whip.

Following the 2017 General Election he was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health with special responsibility for public health and GPs.[15]

Voting in House of Commons[edit]

Steve Brine's voting history can be viewed online, as can his speeches. He has attended 92% of voting divisions.[16]

Brine, unlike the vast majority of his conservative colleagues, voted against investigation into the UK's involvement in the Iraq War in November 2016.[17][18] He has voted twice against equal gay rights, including same sex marriage.[19] He voted against allowing terminally ill people to be allowed to have assisted suicide.[20] He has previously voted in support of airstrikes against ISIL in Syria and continued deployment in Afghanistan.[21]

He voted to allow Theresa May to trigger Article 50 and since 7 December 2016 has voted against continued membership of the EU.[22] The Winchester constituency voted "remain" by a majority of around 8.9%.[23][24] He almost always supported policies in the 2010 Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Agreement.[25]

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, and has a dog, Popcorn.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Steve Brine MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Election 2010: Winchester Results". BBC Election 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Election 2015: Winchester parliamentary constituency". BBC Election 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b c d "About Steve Brine". Steve Brine official website. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  7. ^ 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."
  8. ^ Hansard HC 5 February 2013. Col 157 Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. online edition
  9. ^ "Winchester MP Steve Brine votes against gay marriage (From Hampshire Chronicle)". Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Winchester MP Steve Brine promoted to be ministerial aide". Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  11. ^ Napier, Andrew. "New Government post for Winchester MP Steve Brine (From Hampshire Chronicle)". Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "Reducing Reoffending : Winchester Conference White Paper" (PDF). Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "Hampshire MP made an aide to Jeremy Hunt". Daily Echo. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  14. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn’t and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  15. ^ "Steve Brine MP - GOV.UK". Retrieved 2017-07-19. 
  16. ^ "Steve Brine compared to 'Stop climate change'". Retrieved 2017-04-14. 
  17. ^ "Steve Brine MP, Winchester - TheyWorkForYou". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 2017-04-14. 
  18. ^ "Steve Brine MP, Winchester - TheyWorkForYou". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 2017-04-14. 
  19. ^ "Steve Brine MP, Winchester - TheyWorkForYou". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 2017-04-14. 
  20. ^ "Steve Brine MP, Winchester - TheyWorkForYou". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 2017-04-14. 
  21. ^ "Steve Brine MP, Winchester - TheyWorkForYou". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 2017-04-14. 
  22. ^ "Steve Brine MP, Winchester - TheyWorkForYou". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 2017-04-14. 
  23. ^ "EU referendum: The result in maps and charts". BBC News. 2016-06-24. Retrieved 2017-04-14. 
  24. ^ "Brexit: votes by constituency". Second Reading. 2017-02-06. Retrieved 2017-04-14. 
  25. ^ "Voting record - Steve Brine MP, Winchester - TheyWorkForYou". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 2017-04-14. 

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