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Stephen Charles Brine[2] (born 28 January 1974) is a British politician who has served as the Member of Parliament for Winchester since 2010. At the 2010 general election, he defeated Martin Tod of the Liberal Democrats, with a majority of 3,048 votes.[3] Brine was re-elected to the House of Commons at the 2015 general election, with a significantly increased majority of 16,914 votes,[4] and again at the 2017 general election, with a strong, but reduced majority of 9,999 votes.[5]

Steve Brine

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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care
In office
14 June 2017 – 25 March 2019
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byNicola Blackwood
Succeeded bySeema Kennedy
Member of Parliament
for Winchester
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byMark Oaten
Majority9,999 (17.5%)
Personal details
Born (1974-01-28) 28 January 1974 (age 45)[1]
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Political partyIndependent (2019–present)
Other political
Conservative (until 2019)
Alma materLiverpool Hope University
WebsiteOfficial Website

He served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health from 2017-19. First elected as a Conservative, Brine had the Conservative whip removed on 3 September 2019 and currently sits as an independent politician.[6]

Early lifeEdit

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.[7] Whilst studying at Liverpool, he created a new company called Liverpool Student Media. In his youth, Brine also joined Friends of the Earth.[citation needed]

Professional careerEdit

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.[7] He also spent a year working in Chicago with the Tribune Media Group's WGN Radio.[7] He also worked as a business development consultant, and for a golf marketing and publishing business.[7]

Political careerEdit

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, Brine was selected in November 2006 for Winchester, where he has served a deputy chairman (political) of the local Conservative association.[8]

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?"[9]

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."[10]

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).[11]

In July 2014, Brine followed Penning to a new Government role, within the Home Office and Ministry of Justice.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14]

Brine was opposed to "Brexit" prior to the 2016 referendum on the UK's membership of the EU.[15] After the change of Prime Minister in July 2016, Brine 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.[16]

Brine resigned from his post as primary care minister on 25 March 2019 to vote against the Government's policy on Brexit.[17]

He was also one of 21 MPs expelled from the Conservative party in September 2019 for voting against the Government in an attempt to prevent a no-deal Brexit.[18]

Voting in House of CommonsEdit

Steve Brine's voting history can be viewed online,[19] as can his speeches.[20]

Brine, unlike the vast majority of his conservative colleagues, voted against investigation into the UK's involvement in the Iraq War in November 2016.[21][22] He has voted twice against equal gay rights, including same sex marriage.[23] He voted against allowing terminally ill people to be allowed to have assisted suicide.[24] He has previously voted in support of airstrikes against ISIL in Syria and continued deployment in Afghanistan.[25]

He voted to allow Theresa May to trigger Article 50 and since 7 December 2016 has voted against continued membership of the EU.[26] He almost always supported policies in the 2010 Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Agreement.[27]


  1. ^ "Steve Brine MP". BBC Democracy Live. BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 November 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (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. ^ "Winchester parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News – via
  6. ^ "Steve Brine MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d "About Steve Brine". Steve Brine official website. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  8. ^ They Work For You Profile "Formerly the party's area campaign director for Hampshire, Brine was selected in November 2006 for Winchester, where he has served a deputy chairman (political) of the local Conservative association."
  9. ^ Hansard HC 5 February 2013. Col 157 Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. online edition
  10. ^ "Winchester MP Steve Brine votes against gay marriage". Hampshire Chronicle. Winchester. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Winchester MP Steve Brine promoted to be ministerial aide". Hampshire Chronicle. Winchester. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  12. ^ Napier, Andrew (4 August 2014). "New Government post for Winchester MP Steve Brine". Hampshire Chronicle. Winchester. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  13. ^ "Reducing Reoffending: Winchester Conference White Paper" (PDF). Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  14. ^ Franklin, James (1 June 2015). "Hampshire MP made an aide to Jeremy Hunt". Southern Daily Echo. Southampton. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  15. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. London. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  16. ^ "Steve Brine MP - GOV.UK". Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  17. ^ Seymour, Michael (26 March 2019). "Steve Brine MP's government resignation letter in full". The Hampshire Chronicle.
  18. ^ "Who were the Conservative Brexit rebels?". BBC News. 5 September 2019.
  19. ^ "The Public Whip — Voting Record - Steve Brine MP, Winchester (24901)".
  20. ^ "Search for speaker:Steve Brine". TheyWorkForYou.
  21. ^ "Steve Brine MP, Winchester - TheyWorkForYou". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  22. ^ "Steve Brine MP, Winchester - TheyWorkForYou". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  23. ^ "Steve Brine MP, Winchester - TheyWorkForYou". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  24. ^ "Steve Brine MP, Winchester - TheyWorkForYou". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  25. ^ "Steve Brine MP, Winchester - TheyWorkForYou". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  26. ^ "Steve Brine MP, Winchester - TheyWorkForYou". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  27. ^ "Voting record - Steve Brine MP, Winchester - TheyWorkForYou". TheyWorkForYou. Retrieved 14 April 2017.

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