Steve Brine MP

for Winchester & Chandler's Ford

ASKtheNHS (26 Jan 2017)

The turn of the year saw widespread coverage of the winter pressures facing our NHS.

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Looking back at 2016 (15 Dec 2016)

Christmas is the one time of year when an MP's mailbag slows a little and, I must admit, I am looking forward to some time with the family and a period of reflection after what has been an extraordinary year.

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The Homelessness Reduction Bill (24 Nov 2016)

Conventional wisdom would have you believe there is no other story in Westminster these days outside of Brexit.

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Breast cancer data is vital to improve care (27 Oct 2016)

Chronicle readers wil remember me writing previously about the battle against breast cancer.

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Priority NHS (29 Sep 2016)

Six years ago, when I was first elected, I said the local NHS would be my top priority. That hasn't changed.

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The future of farming (01 Sep 2016)

Views of harvest during August remind us that agriculture is a key component of the local economy, employing a great many people.

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Brexit, the economy, environment and trade (28 Jul 2016)

As Parliament rises, and I embark on my Summer Tour, we reflect on an almost unparalleled time in British politics.

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Jo Cox MP and the EU Referendum (30 Jun 2016)

Harold Wilson famously said 'a week is a long time in politics' and I can't remember a time when that was more true that it is today.

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Special EU debate and academies (26 May 2016)

No matter how hard we try - and some will really try - it will be near impossible to avoid the EU referendum being held next month.

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Academies (28 Apr 2016)

I was in the House of Commons even earlier than usual on Budget day. MPs meet over breakfast in the Members' Tea Room to digest the newspapers and discuss what the Chancellor might pull from his hat.

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National Living Wage and cutting taxes (07 Apr 2016)

It has been said there are no big arguments left in politics today. Both parties are apparently now the same.

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The EU Referendum (25 Feb 2016)

One of the key campaigns I ran in the last Parliament was my 'Name the Date' push for our promised European Union referendum, and we now know it will be held on Thursday June 23rd.

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Legal Highs and IncuHive (28 Jan 2016)

It's been said many times that a backbench MP has limited power but, potentially, a great deal of influence. More than five years in, I agree with that.

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2015 round-up (17 Dec 2015)

I have no idea where the time went but this is my final column of 2015; a year which has been eventful, exciting, tragic and extremely hard work.

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Economic and National Security (26 Nov 2015)

We said at the election in May, this government would be about security - economic and national. This week in parliament it has been about both.

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Prison reform ane the Texas way (29 Oct 2015)

As the evenings draw in, May's General Election seems like a long time ago but it's worth remembering it was only five months since the Government was elected.

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Conference season, assisted dying, Jeremy Corbyn and summerborn children (24 Sep 2015)

Mild days and cold nights can only mean one thing; conference season is almost upon us. Things kick off next week with the Labour Party in Brighton followed by the Conservatives in Manchester and then Parliament returns and a seemingly changed political landscape.

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Mental Health and young people (03 Sep 2015)

Earliert this month the Government confirmed it will invest £143m in improving children's mental health services this year.

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Summer Budget, Assisted Dying and cancer survival (30 Jul 2015)

A new Parliament, and especially this one, is always super-charged with activity. I am busy at the Department of Health and we've a packed legislative agenda in Government time. 

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Priority NHS, schools and PMQs (25 Jun 2015)

A constituent stopped me in the supermarket the other day and asked whether we are back in Parliament after last month's General Election.

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Each month Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, Steve Brine, writes an exclusive column for the Hampshire Chronicle newspaper. You can view each column since Steve's election here.