Steve Brine

for Winchester & Chandler's Ford

22 MAR 2017

Kings' School visit Parliament

Steve Brine welcomed a group of teachers and staff, including headteacher Matthew Leeming, from Kings' School to Parliament on Wednesday 22nd March. The secondary school students made use of Parliament's Education Centre, and had a tour of the House, before meeting up with their MP for a special Q&...


17 MAR 2017

All Saints visit Parliament

Steve Brine met up with children from All Saints Primary School as they visited the House of Commons on Thursday 16th March. The group had a tour of the palace and spent time in the popular Education Centre, where children from all over the country learn more about Parliament and how our country wo...


08 FEB 2017

Building a positive wall

Locally-based Snug Architects have announced they have been shortlisted in an international competition to design a national Christian monument to answered prayer. Their proposal was chosen from 133 entries from over 20 countries, and the shortlisted designs were announced on Wednesday 8th February...


24 JAN 2017

MP meets WinACC in Parliament

Steve Brine met up with WinACC Chair Tony Stoller in Parliament on Tuesday 24th January. They discussed a range of issues, including WinACC's plans for the coming year, the impact of Brexit on environmental regulations in the UK and the prospects for renewable energy and carbon reduction projects. ...


23 JAN 2017

Welcome for modern Industrial Strategy

Steve Brine has welcomed a green paper on a new modern Industrial Strategy which will support businesses in London & the South East to grow and create more high skilled, high paid jobs for local people. The Industrial Strategy will ensure everyone can benefit from success through ten 'pillars' ...


11 JAN 2017

Open Doors publishes World Watch List

Steve Brine joined Parliamentary colleagues in the House of Commons on Wednesday 11th January as Open Doors published their 2017 World Watch List, detailing the 50 countries with the worst religious persecution record. The cross-party launch, hosted by Theresa Villiers MP, heard that religious nati...


10 JAN 2017

Harestock children visit Parliament

Steve Brine welcomed a group from Harestock Primary School to Parliament on Tuesday 10th January. The school took advantage of Parliament's Education Service to experience the trip, and their local MP was on hand to answer questions from the group. The session took place between two Commons votes,...


09 JAN 2017

Steve Brine welcomes new mental health support for schools

Steve Brine has backed new measures to transform the way we approach and deal with mental health so that more children and young people receive support and care. There will be new support for every secondary school, and each school will be offered mental health first aid training to increase awaren...


28 NOV 2016

Air Ambulance reception in Parliament

Steve Brine joined Parliamentary colleagues and assembled guests at a reception held by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Air Ambulances (APPGAA) on 28th November 2016. The event, hosted by Chairman of the APPGAA Jim Fitzpatrick MP gave members of both Houses of Parliament the opportunity to me...


24 NOV 2016

College students visit Parliament

A group of sixth-formers from Peter Symonds College visited Parliament on Thursday 24th November. The students had a tour of the House, and took in a session with the Parliamentary Education Service, before joining Steve Brine for a special Q&A. Steve said: "I enjoyed speaking to the students ...


24 NOV 2016

Local transport key to improving productivity says Winchester MP

Steve Brine has spoken of the need for the country to focus on our transport infrastructure and poor levels of productivity, after the Chancellor set out his first Autumn Statement on Wednesday 23rd November. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP welcomed the plan that will provide a stable econo...


16 NOV 2016

Westgate pupils visit Parliament

Twenty children from Westgate visited Parliament on Wednesday 16th November, where they took in a tour of the Palace of Westminster and were able to meet up with Steve Brine. The Winchester MP was delighted to chat to the group, and held a Q&A session for half an hour, where they discussed how ...


15 NOV 2016

Siemens brief Steve Brine on new trains

Steve Brine met up with Phil Heathcote from Siemens on Tuesday 15th November as he was briefed on the new Class 707 trains which have entered the testing stage. The £210 million fleet is scheduled to come online in the Spring of 2017, and the new Class 707 trains will ensure increased space a...


01 NOV 2016

Parliamentary meeting discusses Vitamin D and Osteoporosis

Steve Brine attended the All-Party Parliamentary Osteoporosis Group (APPOG) meeting on Tuesday 1st November to discuss how to implement the recent government guidance that stated that people in the UK were not receiving adequate vitamin D, a vital component in keeping bones strong and healthy. The ...


01 NOV 2016

Disability and autism jobs gap set to close

A joint green paper has been published as the Government seeks to close the gap between disabled and non-disabled people in work, with a new ambitious approach to work and health. The "Improving Lives: the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper" was launched in Parliament on Monday 31st October, a...


28 OCT 2016

Homelessness Reduction Bill passes key hurdle

The Homelessness Reduction Bill, sponsored by Conservative MP Bob Blackman, passed its Second Reading in Parliament on Friday 28th October. The proposed law, backed by campaigners including Crisis and St Mungo's, will transform the help available to homeless people right across the country. Steve ...


27 OCT 2016

MPs mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Steve Brine joined a group of MPs meeting women and men living with breast cancer at a special Parliamentary reception on Wednesday 26th October. More people are developing breast cancer than ever before – with 50,000 women and around 350 men diagnosed every year in the UK – and around ...


27 OCT 2016

Steve Brine welcomes government clampdown on nuisance call crooks

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed news that company bosses and firms could be slapped with fines of up to £1 million under tough new Government plans aimed at tackling the scourge of nuisance calls. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has long-campaigned on the issue, and is delighted that ...


26 OCT 2016

MP attends special Diwali celebration in Parliament

Steve Brine joined a large group of colleagues on Wednesday 26th October as they took part in the Annual Diwali Celebrations in Parliament. Organised once again by Bob Blackman, the MP for Harrow East, and the Hindu Forum of Britain, the joyous festival was also co-hosted by Virendra Sharma, Caroli...


21 OCT 2016

First 2017 PMQs date announced

The first 2017 date for Steve Brine's PMQs ballot has been revealed as Wednesday 22nd March. Every year, like all MPs, Mr Brine receives three pairs of tickets for the weekly joust between the PM and Leader of the Opposition, and now for the seventh year running, he continues to share these with co...


19 OCT 2016

Steve Brine backs defibrillator campaign

Steve Brine took part in Restart a Heart Day in Parliament in October as he visited The Oliver King Foundation at their launch event. The Oliver King Foundation was set up following the tragic death of 12-year-old Oliver King from a sudden cardiac arrest, which kills 12 young people every single we...


19 OCT 2016

MP receives lifesaving CPR training on Restart a Heart Day

Steve Brine attended a Parliamentary event on Tuesday 18 October, hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on first aid to show his support for the 'Every Child a Lifesaver' campaign. Currently in the UK, less than one (8.6%) in ten people survive a cardiac arrest, and Restart a Heart Day is an ...


18 OCT 2016

This House celebrated in The House

Steve Brine joined a celebration of the West End transfer of James Graham's critically acclaimed political drama This House at a special reception in the Commons on Tuesday 18th October. The play, directed by Jeremy Herrin of Wolf Hall fame, is set in 1974, and dives deep into the political chaos o...


17 OCT 2016

MPs debate baby loss in Commons as new campaign is launched

Steve Brine was in the House of Commons for what he said was one of the most moving debates he has attended on Thursday 13th October as MPs discussed baby loss. The debate was called by Antoinette Sandbach MP and her Conservative colleague Will Quince MP, who both have personal experience of the tr...


12 OCT 2016

Supporting people living with incurable secondary breast cancer

Steve Brine met with Breast Cancer Care in Parliament on Wednesday 12th October to pledge his support for the charity's campaign to ensure people with incurable secondary breast cancer no longer get second-rate care. A survey of people with incurable breast cancer by Breast Cancer Care revealed jus...


10 OCT 2016

Otterbourne children visit Parliament

Children from Otterbourne Primary School visited Parliament on Monday 10th October as part of their 'Government and Monarchs' module this Autumn term. As well as being able to look around the Palace of Westminster, the group met up with their MP, Steve Brine, in the Education Centre at the end of t...


07 SEP 2016

MP meets Orthimo in Westminster

Steve Brine met up with Orthimo in Parliament on Wednesday 7th September as the team explained more about their orthopaedic products. Orthimo work within the UK Medical Device industry, supplying the NHS with exceptional quality Optimised Equivalent® or generic Orthopaedic implants, which are c...


21 JUL 2016

Steve Brine addresses teachers in Parliament

Steve Brine once again met up with the Teachers' Institute in Parliament in July after being asked to address a group learning more about how Parliament works. The Teachers' Institute is designed to immerse teachers in the life of Parliament through a wide range of talks, workshops and events. As ...


18 JUL 2016

Hiltingbury pupils visit Parliament

Children from Hiltingbury Junior School were the latest youngsters from Winchester & Chandler's Ford to visit Parliament, as they travelled to London on Monday 18th July. They followed children from Harestock Primary and Perins in taking part in the Parliamentary Education Service's activities,...


14 JUL 2016

Harestock Primary School visit to Parliament

Steve Brine welcomed a group of students from Harestock Primary School to the House of Commons on Thursday 14th July. The visit had been organised by Parliament's Education Service, which teaches children about the role, processes and history of Parliament and find out how they can engage more acti...


13 JUL 2016

Local students in Parliamentary RE debate

Steve Brine met up with students from Perins on Wednesday 13th July as Parliament held its first Youth Debate on Religious Education. The event was an opportunity for young people to share their views with each other and a group of Guest Delegates on the role of RE in schools today in the auspiciou...


13 JUL 2016

Steve Brine thanks outgoing PM in historic PMQs

Steve Brine paid tribute to David Cameron, and the legacy left for the Winchester & Chandler's Ford constituency, in PMQs on Wednesday 13th July. In Mr Cameron's final PMQs, MPs gave thanks and good wishes from both sides of the House as he prepared to visit the Queen to stand down after six ye...


05 JUL 2016

Internet Matters event in Parliament

Steve Brine showed his support for Stand Up to Bullying day on Tuesday 5th July, ahead of a House of Comments debate on online abuse, and keeping children safe online. Hosted by Mims Davies, Eastleigh MP, Internet Matters held the Parliamentary drop-in to show how industry is tackling this importan...


04 JUL 2016

Autism - a spectrum of healthcare obstacles

Steve Brine dropped into the launch of a new report calling for improved access to healthcare for all autistic people on Monday 4th July. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP who has a long-running interest in the subject, has served as Vice-Chair of the All Party Group on Autism, and met up wit...


28 JUN 2016

Parliament told Uni is leading the way

Steve Brine took the opportunity to back the University of Winchester's degree apprenticeships in Business Questions on Tuesday 28th June. He told Jo Johnson, the Minister for Universities and Science, that the Sparkford Road facility was 'exceptionally strong' and performed consistently well with ...


14 JUN 2016

Children from Twyford School visit Parliament

Steve Brine met up with children and staff from Twyford School on Tuesday 14th June as they took a tour of Parliament. The Year 7 group also had the opportunity to ask Steve about a number of issues as they met him in the Jubilee Room for a special Q&A session. Among the topics which came up w...


14 JUN 2016

Winchester church leaders join National Prayer Breakfast

Church leaders from across Winchester joined MP Steve Brine in Westminster today (Tuesday 14 June 2016) for a special breakfast event. The National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, which is organised by Christians in Parliament, is an annual opportunity for Parliamentarians and their guests to gathe...


13 JUN 2016

MP and predecessor united on Europe vote

Steve Brine and Mark Oaten have joined forces to urge a Remain vote next week. The city's current and former MP have nearly twenty years representing the area between them, and although from different political backgrounds they are united in the belief that Britain's best interests are served with ...


08 JUN 2016

Dutch Embassy venue for Parliamentary bike ride

Steve Brine joined his colleagues on the All Party Cycling Group on Wednesday 8th June for the launch of Bike Week 2016, which was followed by the annual Parliamentary Bike ride. The launch reception took place at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, with an introduction to key initiative...


07 JUN 2016

Chancellor attends Parliamentary launch of Two Million Steps

George Osborne joined up with actors Sarah Parish and Jim Murray as they attended the Parliamentary launch of Two Million Steps, the campaign to fund a new children's hospital in Southampton. Sarah and Jim, who live in Winchester, set up the Murray-Parish Trust after they lost their eight month old...


06 JUN 2016

Autism knowledge to be included in teacher training

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed news that autism knowledge is to be included in the Initial Teacher Training Framework. The Prime Minister and the Education Secretary have both confirmed the news, which has delighted Steve Brine and his fellow members of the All Party Autism Group with has long cam...


24 MAY 2016

MP meets up with Sparsholt College at Chelsea Flower Show

Steve Brine dropped into the Chelsea Flower Show on Tuesday 24th May to meet up with a team from Sparsholt College. The five-strong group were displaying "the people's plants" at the prestigious national event, and as a member of the All-Party Gardening and Horticulture Group, Steve was delighted t...


03 MAY 2016

Changing of the guard at student society

Steve Brine met up with Ross Playle and George Marshall-James in Westminster on Tuesday 3rd May as they handed over the chairmanship of the Winchester Student Conservative Society. Ross has now completed his studies in Education at the University of Winchester, and in his time leading the society, ...


27 APR 2016

Steve Brine tees off National Golf Month in Parliament

Steve Brine MP swung into action on Wednesday 27 April to help launch National Golf Month. The initiative, which runs throughout May, aims to inspire 100,000 new players to #getgolfing, with a particular focus on getting more women and young people taking up the sport. Steve Brine said: "Golf is o...


13 APR 2016

City schoolchildren visit Parliament

Steve Brine welcomed a group of children from St Bede's Church of England Primary School on Wednesday 13th April. The pupils, a mix of head boys and girls and their deputies, took a tour of Parliament before taking part in a special Q&A session with their MP. Speaking afterwards, Steve said: "...


13 APR 2016

MP attends Open Doors meeting on Nigeria

Steve Brine joined a group of MPs meeting with Open Doors on Wednesday 13th April in the House of Commons. The briefing, which heard from a range of speakers, highlighted the violent persecution regularly faced by Christians in northern Nigeria, and was hosted by Steve's colleague Fiona Bruce MP. A...


13 APR 2016

Steve Brine raises local concerns over new academies push

Steve Brine took part in a Parliamentary debate on the Government's White Paper on the future of schools on Wednesday 13th April, and expressed the 'confusion' that had been fed back to him from his constituency. Following the Budget, where it was announced the Government planned for all schools to...


23 MAR 2016

Welcome for Waterloo improvement plans

  Steve Brine went to Waterloo on Wednesday 23rd March for the launch of a scheme which seeks to improve passenger journeys into Waterloo with £800m investment.   The project is part of Network Rail's £40 billion Railway Upgrade Plan and represents the biggest investment i...


21 MAR 2016

MP backs Reactive Oxygen in war against superbugs

Winchester and Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has given his backing to a new weapon in the war against superbugs. The Conservative MP pledged to speak to health ministers about the new approach to fighting infection and tackling drug-resistance pioneered in Hampshire. The technology is called React...


15 MAR 2016

MP speaks in Investigatory Powers Bill debate

Steve Brine took part in a debate over the Investigatory Powers Bill which took place in the House of Commons on Tuesday 15th March. The Bill, which was having its Second Reading, seeks to update and consolidate our country's investigatory powers in a clear and comprehensive new law that will stand...


14 MAR 2016

Stanmore pupils visit Westminster

Steve Brine met up with a group of children from Stanmore Primary School as they visited Parliament on Monday 14th March. The children had a tour of Palace of Westminster before Steve held a special Q&A session with him, where they had the chance to ask him a range of questions about his job an...


08 MAR 2016

Steve Brine joins Griff Rhys Jones and Civic Voice in Westminster

Steve Brine joined the City of Winchester Trust as national charity Civic Voice played host to the Historic Cathedral Cities Alliance at its APPG for Civic Societies on Tuesday 8th March. Civic Voice is the national charity for the civic movement in England. There mission is to develop a societ...


07 MAR 2016

Progress on fairer funding for local schools

Steve Brine has welcomed news that historic reforms that will bring an end to the unfairness in the school funding system have been outlined by the Secretary of State. Mr Brine, a key member of f40, a group of MPs in Parliament campaigning to redress the unbalanced funding for schoolchildren across...


29 FEB 2016

Steve Brine highlights Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

March is the start of Spring, where we all look to step out of the cold, blustery weather into sunnier climes – but it is also very important for another reason. March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Every year in the UK over 7,000 women are diagnosed with this brutal disease, with some ...


22 FEB 2016

One size fits all a thing of the past, says MP

Steve Brine took part in the European Council debate in Parliament on Monday 22nd February, as the Commons heard the Prime Minister report back after his talks in Brussels. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP highlighted how many of the media reports focussed on 'contagion', where other member ...


11 FEB 2016

Park Homes Helpline goes live

A new phone helpline service for park homes residents has been introduced, which aims to serve the 170,000 people across the country who live in park homes. PARK-help-LINE took its first call on Thursday 11th February, from a resident in Southampton, and the free, friendly and confidential servic...


09 FEB 2016

Concerns over absent Eastleigh Local Plan raised in Parliament

Steve Brine spoke out in Parliament recently about continuing concerns in respect of Eastleigh's absent Local Plan, and specifically about the way his constituents in Chandler's Ford have been left off the map when it comes to consultation about its eventual development. The Chandler's Ford MP join...


09 FEB 2016

MPs discuss closer working between emergency services

A group of MPs discussed the possibility of emergency services working closer together during a Westminster Hall debate on Tuesday 9th February. More than 300 responses from emergency services across the country have been fed into the government as it consults on working more closely, and Hampshire...


02 FEB 2016

Popular local pub wins award in Westminster

Steve Brine joined local publicans and a representative from Winchester BID in Parliament on Tuesday 2nd February, as O'Neills won the local award in the national Best Bar None Awards. The Winchester MP met Ursula Haller and Adam Major from the popular city centre pub, alongside BID's Business Crim...


27 JAN 2016

Treasure in the heart of every man, says MP

Steve Brine spoke in the Prisons and Probation debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday 27th January, as he called for a significant reduction in the prison population. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, who has served as a member of the influential Justice Select Committee, took part in t...


25 JAN 2016

Steve Brine supports black, Asian and minority ethnic women living with breast cancer

Steve Brine attended a Breast Cancer Care event in Parliament on Monday 25th January to show his support for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women living with breast cancer. The event marked the launch of a new report by Breast Cancer Care, which highlights that BAME women do not always get...


25 JAN 2016

Major boost in war on malaria

George Osborne has joined forces with Bill Gates as they outlined their vision to "make malaria no more". The Chancellor has pledged a new UK commitment of £2.5 billion over the next five years to help the world accelerate the fight against malaria - aiming to help cut cases and deaths by ano...


24 JAN 2016

Legal Highs law to get Royal Assent

Local MP Steve Brine has warmly welcomed new legislation designed to tackle 'legal highs' after years of campaigning on the issue. The Psychoactive Substances Bill, which was a key part of the Queen's speech last summer and included in the 2015 Conservative manifesto, passed its final Parliamentary...


13 JAN 2016

All Party Cycling Group meets Transport Minister

Steve Brine joined MPs and Lords from the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group as they met Patrick McLoughlin, the Secretary of State for Transport (SoST) on Wednesday 13th January to discuss the funding of cycle schemes and the importance of making cycling safer in order to increase levels of cycl...


13 JAN 2016

MP attends Open Doors event in Parliament

Steve Brine joined up once again with Open Doors as they launched a new report on Christian persecution in the Commons on Wednesday 13th January. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, a long-standing supporter of the organisation, heard a range of stories about the persecution of thousands of Ch...


11 JAN 2016

New Sugar Smart App launched

Public Health England's 2016 Change4Life Sugar Smart campaign has now been launched, and a special smart app helping people with their sugar intake has proved hugely successful already. The Sugar Smart app was leading the app charts with over 300,000 downloads this week, as the Sugar Smart campaign...


05 JAN 2016

Syrian refugees welcomed to Winchester

Steve Brine spoke passionately in the House of Commons on Tuesday 5th January about the recent resettlement of Syrian refugees in Winchester. The Winchester MP told the Prime Minister, who was updating the House at length on our national security, that he had been fortunate to meet a Syrian family ...


04 JAN 2016

MP welcomes new measures for child online safety

Steve Brine has welcomed news that all schools will be required to put in place strengthened measures to protect children from harm online under plans unveiled by the government just before Christmas. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, who is the parent of two primary schoolchildren, was plea...


14 DEC 2015

Local devolution on the table in Parliament

Steve Brine joined Winchester City Council Leader, Cllr Stephen Godfrey, alongside council leaders and fellow MPs, at a parliamentary reception on Monday 14th December to discuss Hampshire and the Isle of Wight's devolution bid. The event was an opportunity for MPs to hear more about the ambitious ...


09 DEC 2015

Steve Brine raises prison reform in PMQs

Steve Brine pushed for the need to get rid of the "lock 'em up and let 'em out" culture with our prisons, as he raised the subject in PMQs on Wednesday 9th December. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, who sat on the influential Justice Select Committee for much of the last Parliament, is pass...


08 DEC 2015

Steve Brine backs Designated Drivers campaign

Steve Brine has encouraged constituents to celebrate being a Designated Driver this Christmas, through a national scheme run by Coca-Cola in partnership with the Department for Transport's THINK! road safety campaign. Coca-Cola has launched its Christmas Designated Driver Campaign which rewards con...


07 DEC 2015

Steve Brine supports SDNP on major devolution Bill

Steve Brine spoke up in support of the South Downs National Park in the House on Monday 7th December, as MPs debated the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill. The Bill is designed to give powers back to local communities, including elected mayors and local authorities, and Steve Brine backed...


03 DEC 2015

MP backs coalition extension of air strikes into Syria

Steve Brine voted in favour of the proposal to widen the Royal Air Forces' involvement in Syria on Wednesday 2nd December, following a ten hour debate and hundreds of submissions from constituents. The proposal was passed after a lively day in the House, which saw some excellent contributions from ...


01 DEC 2015

MP raises Victorian prisons in Parliament

Steve Brine took the opportunity to push his campaign for prison reform in Treasury Questions on Tuesday 1st December. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP is passionate about transforming rehabilitation, and told the Commons that he has pleased to hear the Chancellor speak about this in his rec...


01 DEC 2015

MP meets with MND to discuss ESA

Steve Brine attended a special meeting of the All Party Group for Motor Neurone Disease on Tuesday 1st December to talk about changes to Employment and Support Allowance. He has spoken with a number of constituents who raised the issue that many people with MND reply on ESA to replace their income ...


01 DEC 2015

Steve Brine takes part in Body Image inquiry

Steve Brine met up with a range of experts on Tuesday 1st December, as the All Party Group for Body Image held an inquiry into the use of underweight models on both the catwalk and in advertising. The event followed extensive media coverage over the London and New York Fashion Weeks, and the French...


30 NOV 2015

Steve Brine MP joins NCT call for improved maternal mental health services

Steve Brine is joining up once again with NCT in calling for better support for mothers suffering from perinatal mental health problems, backing the #BeyondBabyBlues campaign, launched by NCT, the UK's largest charity for parents. NCT has released research which found that half of new mothers were ...


25 NOV 2015

Steve Brine welcomes Spending Review focus on national and economic security

Steve Brine has welcomed the Chancellor's Spending Review and Autumn Statement, which delivers on the promise the Conservative Party made to the British people to focus on our national and economic security. The public spending plans set out in the Spending Review, delivered on Wednesday 25th Novem...


24 NOV 2015

Steve Brine visits BBFC

Steve Brine dropped into Soho Square on Tuesday 24th November as he visited the British Board of Film Classification. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has taken a keen interest in the work of the organisation since he was first elected back in 2010, and is particularly concerned with the har...


24 NOV 2015

MP backs investment in national defence

Steve Brine has strongly backed the publication of the Conservative Government's Strategic Defence and Security Review, a comprehensive plan to back our Armed Forces, counter-terrorism police and intelligence agencies with the resources they need. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP voiced his ...


09 NOV 2015

Children of St Faith's visit Westminster

Children from years 4,5 and 6 at St Faith's C.E. Primary School in Winchester went on a visit to The Houses of Parliament on Monday 9th November to support a class topic of Monarchy and Parliament. The visit was part of their ongoing learning about British Values. After a tour around the Palace o...


26 OCT 2015

MP speaks out again on term-time holidays

Steve Brine took part in a Parliamentary debate on Monday 26th October to push for a compromise on term-time holidays for young children in primary school. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has long-pushed for a relaxation to the rules which mean that parents can be fined for taking children ...


22 OCT 2015

Steve Brine welcomes fair votes for English laws

Steve Brine has enthusiastically welcomed the news that the House of Commons has passed the Government's proposals for English votes for English laws. Thursday 22nd October saw MPs, including Mr Brine, in the Chamber as the issue was debated and voted through. The changes will mean that English vot...


20 OCT 2015

MP congratulates local NCT in Parliament

Winchester MP Steve Brine has congratulated local mum Laura Skilton who was nominated for a national award in recognition of her hard work and dedication in supporting new and expectant parents at the NCT Stars Awards 2015. Laura was invited to attend a special celebration at the House of Lords aft...


20 OCT 2015

MP backs legal highs move

Steve Brine spoke at length in the House of Commons on Monday 19th October as he strongly backed the government in their move to ban 'legal highs'. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP explained how he had been 'inundated' with complaints about a so-called 'head shop' on Stockbridge Rd, which se...


19 OCT 2015

Otterbourne pupils visit Westminster

Steve Brine met up with over 60 Year Five children from Otterbourne Church of England Primary School on Monday 19th October. The children took part in a session with the Education Service, where they learnt about the history and workings of Parliament, and they also took a tour of the Palace of Wes...


15 OCT 2015

Winchester MP backs Chancellor on fiscal responsibility

Steve Brine backed the Chancellor's plans for fiscal responsibility on Wednesday 14th October as he spoke in an evening debate in the House of Commons. The debate centred around the government's plans to lock into legislation a national policy that a budget surplus must be run when the economy is d...


14 OCT 2015

Steve welcomes Winchester students to Westminster

A group of students from the University of Winchester visited Parliament on Wednesday 14th October, to take in some debating in the House of Commons and meet their MP. The Winchester Conservative Students' Society, led by Ross Playle, watched keenly from the gallery as MPs debated both the Cities a...


14 OCT 2015

Steve Brine praises Winchester charity for contribution to mental health debate

Steve Brine has praised a Winchester charity for the contribution it has made to the national mental health debate. Speaking in parliament on Wednesday 14th October, he commended the work of the organisation whose aim is to give young people aged 16-25 a voice. Fixers has compiled a report '50 Fix...


13 OCT 2015

Steve Brine backs secondary breast cancer campaign

Steve Brine met with Breast Cancer Care in Parliament on Tuesday 13th October 2015 to pledge support for people living with incurable secondary breast cancer by calling for data collection to improve the care available. Currently data for primary breast cancer is recorded, yet no accurate figures e...


06 OCT 2015

Steve Brine meets Guide Dogs at Conference

Steve Brine took on the challenge of cleaning up the streets at the Conservative Party Conference this week, when the charity Guide Dogs offered him the chance to learn more about the daily difficulties faced by people living with sight loss. Guide Dogs is calling on MPs and the public to back a ne...


05 OCT 2015

MP meets CRUK at Conference

Steve Brine met up with Cancer Research UK on Monday 5th October as the charity held a special stand at Conservative Party Conference. The MP spoke to the team about how cancer affects his Winchester & Chandler's Ford constituency, and found out more about how the charity is working to beat can...


05 OCT 2015

Radical changes for business rates to revitalise High Street

Steve Brine has firmly backed Conservative plans to revitalise Britain's high streets by allowing councils to set their own business rates, while keeping all the money raised. Speaking at party conference, the Chancellor George Osborne said: "I am embarking on the biggest transfer of power to our l...


11 SEP 2015

MP speaks in Assisted Dying debate

Local MP Steve Brine spoke in a landmark debate on assisted dying in the House of Commons on Friday 11th September. Labour MP Rob Marris brought his Assisted Dying Private Members Bill forward after topping the ballot of MPs after the General Election guaranteeing him time in the Commons. The Bill ...


09 SEP 2015

Steve Brine wears it pink in Westminster

Steve Brine has once again shown his support for women with breast cancer by dressing up in pink and encouraging his constituents to take part in Breast Cancer Now's flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, on Friday 23rd October. The UK's biggest pink fundraiser, wear it pink calls on supporters across ...


08 SEP 2015

MP backs Say Yes I Donate campaign

Steve Brine MP attended an event at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 8th September to mark the launch of National Transplant Week, which highlights the importance of organ donation. Around a third of adults across the country admit they haven't considered organ donation or decided if they want t...


08 SEP 2015

Steve Brine supports breast awareness roadshow

Steve Brine met with Breast Cancer Care and the FA at Parliament on Tuesday 8th September to show his continued support for breast awareness. The Football Association kindly donated the prestigious Emirates FA Cup for the event, which was held as part of a charity partnership with Breast Cancer Car...


08 SEP 2015

MP backs new proposals for summer-born children

Steve Brine highlighted parental choice and control as key reasons for backing moves to allow summer-born children to enter education in reception at the age of 5 in a late-night debate in the House of Commons on Monday 7th September. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, whose son William start...


07 SEP 2015

MP welcomes generous refugee plans

Steve Brine warmly welcomed news that the government plans to take 20,000 refugees from Syria over this Parliament, during a long debate on national security and the refugee crisis on Monday 7th September. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP told the House that there was no question that the ex...


07 SEP 2015

MP backs call for support for local families living with devastating condition

Monday 7th September is World Duchenne Day, and Steve Brine is calling for better support for families in the area living with the life-limiting muscle-wasting condition. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has highlighted Muscular Dystrophy UK's warning that parents are hearing their children ...


06 AUG 2015

Steve Brine welcomes action and spending on mental health services for children

Steve Brine has welcomed news that the Government is to invest £143m in improving children's mental health services this year. The funding is part of £1.25bn which will be allocated to children and adolescents' mental health services, and will cover England, with an additional £30...


21 JUL 2015

Cancer Taskforce report launched

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine attended a key cancer report launch in Parliament today (Tuesday 21 July). The Independent Cancer Taskforce report aims to boost cancer survival and transform patient experience.  It has identified six strategic priorities to help the NHS achieve...


15 JUL 2015

Hampshire MPs discuss future of probation

Purple Futures, the Interserve-led partnership responsible for delivering probation and rehabilitation services to low and medium-risk offenders in Hampshire, met with local representatives in Parliament to discuss reducing reoffending in the county. Steve Brine, MP for Winchester and Chandler's Fo...


15 JUL 2015

Young eating disorder survivors meet with Steve Brine MP

A trio of youngsters who overcame anorexia and bulimia presented a report on eating disorders to MP for Winchester Steve Brine at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 15th July. The report was compiled by the charity Fixers, which gives young people a voice, and features testimonies from 12 surviv...


15 JUL 2015

MP raises raises army deaths with Prime Minister

Winchester MP Steve Brine has raised the death of an army reservist from Winchester with the Prime Minister in the House of Commons. Lance Corporal Edward Maher died while taking part in an SAS selection exercise on the Brecon Beacons in July 2013 along with colleagues Corporal James Dunsby and Lan...


08 JUL 2015

New tax cuts among Budget highlights for MP

Local MP Steve Brine has welcomed further income tax cuts in the Budget which he said were delivering on a key Conservative election promise. In the Summer Budget, which follows the election in May, the Chancellor set out the next steps in his plan to support working people by ensuring they keep mo...


06 JUL 2015

Steve hosts South Wonston School pupil in Parliament

Steve Brine hosted a special guest in London on Monday 6th July, as Mackenzie Evison took a tour of Parliament and had a cup of tea with his MP. The Year 6 South Wonston pupil won a mock Prime Ministerial election at the school earlier this year, as Year 5 and Year 6 learnt about parliament and dem...


01 JUL 2015

MP marks 'Halfway to World AIDS Day' in Parliament

Steve Brine was one of 45 Parliamentarians who the 'Halfway to World AIDS day' event in Westminster on Wednesday 1st July. Hosted by the Halve It campaign and Stuart Andrew MP, Vice-Chair of the APPG on HIV & AIDS, the event was an act of solidarity with all those living with HIV acro...


01 JUL 2015

Focus on disability can improve business, meeting hears

Steve Brine attended a special breakfast in the House of Lord on Wednesday 1st July to examine how business can improve results with a focus on disability. The MP was invited by Chandler's Ford company Microlink PC, which is the UK's largest independent supplier of Assistive Technology and disabili...


30 JUN 2015

MP speaks to teachers group in Parliament

Steve Brine took time out of a packed House of Commons schedule to speak to a group of teachers on Tuesday 30th June. Led by the Education Service in Parliament, teachers of Government & Politics, Citizenship and related subjects, and other education professionals, can apply to experience an in...


29 JUN 2015

Tunisian terrorist attack debated in Commons

The House of Commons held a minute's silence on Monday 29th June as MPs came together for the first time since the terrorist attack in Tunisia on Friday. The Prime Minister outlined to Parliament the current situation, telling MPs about the action the government has been taking to support victims a...


17 JUN 2015

MP writes to Minister on bee-harming pesticides

Steve Brine attended a special event held in the House of Commons on Wednesday 17th June as MPs were lobbied about proposed plans to temporarily lift a ban on bee-harming pesticides. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was among a number of colleagues who took part in the event, and has been a ...


17 JUN 2015

MP supports tennis and Premier League initiative in Parliament

Steve Brine joined British Tennis and Premier League 4 Sport as they offered youngsters a unique opportunity to play tennis in Parliament on Wednesday 17th June. The LTA and the Tennis Foundation in partnership with PL4S transformed New Palace Yard into a hive of tennis activity as young people fro...


17 JUN 2015

MP meets WinACC on climate change day in Commons

Steve Brine met representatives from Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC) on Wednesday 17th June, as a mass lobby of Parliament took place to raise awareness of the impact of climate change. Representatives from several local organisations, including WinACC and CAFOD attended Parliament dis...


16 JUN 2015

Steve Brine backs better support for local mental health

Steve Brine has called for better mental health services in the South East at an event organised by the mental health charity Mind this week. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP met with local campaigners and representatives from South East and Central Essex Mind and Solent Mind in Parliament o...


10 JUN 2015

Steve Brine MP walked the Guide Dogs Walk of Fame

Steve Brine MP was given a star on Guide Dogs' pavement parking Walk of Fame for supporting the charity's campaign to stop cars parking on pavements. The MP for Winchester attended Guide Dogs' event at the Houses of Parliament on the 10th June in support of their campaign. The charity wants people ...


09 JUN 2015

MP meets up again with Open Doors

Steve Brine renewed his commitment to persecuted Christians across the world on Tuesday 9th June, as he met up with Open Doors in the House of Commons. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, a Christian himself, worked with the organisation in the previous Parliament, and the purpose of the meeti...


02 JUN 2015

Steve Brine MP welcomes free childcare announcement

Steve Brine has today welcomed the Conservative Government's plans to double free childcare for hardworking families – which will benefit up to 90,000 parents in the South East. The offer of 30 hours of free childcare per week during term time – worth around £5,000 a year – ...


01 JUN 2015

Weeke schoolchildren visit Parliament

Steve Brine hosted a group from Weeke Primary School on Monday 1st June, as they visited London to look around the Houses of Parliament. The children took a tour of the estate, and then sat down to take part in a Q&A session with Steve, who was re-elected to the Commons back on Thursday 7th May...


01 JUN 2015

New PPS role for Winchester MP

Steve Brine has spoken of a 'fantastic opportunity' having been promoted in Government, taking up his role as the Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP served as a PPS in the previous Coalition Government, in both the ...


20 MAY 2015

Winchester apprentices visit Westminster

Steve Brine met up with two local apprentices in Parliament on Wednesday 20th May, as they took up a national apprenticeship challenge. The Winchester MP joined James and Georgina, who represented Winchester City Council's team on the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, the official search for the nation...


26 MAR 2015

Older women with breast cancer are still not receiving the support they need, new report claims

The statistics surrounding older people and breast cancer are stark: more than half of breast cancer deaths in the UK are in women over 70. By 2040, almost three-quarters of all women living with breast cancer in the UK will be aged over 65 but according to a new report from the All-Party Parliamen...


19 MAR 2015

More good news on Nuisance Calls, says Steve Brine

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed news that a £3.5m package has been allocated to protect the most vulnerable people in society from nuisance and scam calls. The Chancellor, George Osborne, announced the money in the Budget on Wednesday 18th March, with the money now allocated to look at ways t...


18 MAR 2015

Success on police widows campaign

Local MP Steve Brine has welcomed news that all police widows and widowers will now get their widowed pension provision for life, even if they remarry or live with a new partner. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has been leading the campaign from within Parliament, and worked closely with co...


17 MAR 2015

Steve Brine MP supports dementia general election campaign

On Tuesday 17th March Steve Brine MP pledged to make this election memorable by taking action to support the 850,000 people living with dementia across the UK. Steve Brine joined over 200 other MPs and representatives from Alzheimer's Society , including Angela Rippon, in Westminster to meet people...


16 MAR 2015

City church group visit Westminster

Steve Brine met up with a city church group as he hosted them in the Palace of Westminster on Monday 16th March. The Winchester MP met the Friends of St Matthews & St Pauls, who were led by Fulflood resident Geoffrey Burnaby, as they took a tour of Parliament and met up with their MP for a chat...


13 MAR 2015

MP supports Earth Hour

Steve Brine has signed up to support this year's Earth Hour by making a special pledge by backing protection of the world's forests. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was one of many politicians joining WWF-UK at a reception in Parliament this week to show their support for a responsible trad...


09 MAR 2015

Good news on unemployment rate

Steve Brine has welcomed news that unemployment is at its lowest rate since 2008, with 5.7% out of work, compared with 8% in 2010. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP tabled a Parliamentary Question to Department for Work and Pensions Minister Esther McVey, and the figures were announced to Mr ...


03 MAR 2015

Eastleigh mum visits Parliament to discuss childcare

Madeline Cole, a mother from Eastleigh travelled to parliament earlier this month to meet with Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine to voice her concerns about the rising costs of childcare. The event, hosted by family charities, NCT and the Family and Childcare Trust was held to support...


02 MAR 2015

Toynbee school visit Westminster

Steve Brine met up with students and staff from Toynbee school as he hosted them in the House of Commons on Monday 2nd March. The Chandler's Ford MP met up with the group, led by headteacher Matthew Longden, after they had been on a tour of the Houses of Parliament, and took time to speak with the ...


25 FEB 2015

MP backs key police widows campaign

Steve Brine has continued to lead on calls for all police widows and widowers to get their widowed pension provision for life, even if they remarry or live with a new partner. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP is a member of the Home Office team, and had raised the issue with Police Minister ...


25 FEB 2015

Laura Trott joins Steve Brine and cycling group

British cycling sensation Laura Trott visited Parliament on Wednesday 25th February to help kick off this year's Prudential Ride London cycling event. Steve Brine met with Laura as part of the All Party Cycling Group, and heard how she was going to be taking part herself in the event, held on 1st a...


25 FEB 2015

Nuisance calls campaign success

Steve Brine has welcomed new government plans to impose fines of up to £500,000 on companies behind nuisance calls and texts, following his long-standing campaign in Parliament. Currently, firms can only be punished if the Information Commissioner can prove a call caused "substantial damage o...


23 FEB 2015

MP speaks in Oesophageal cancer debate

Steve Brine took part in a House of Commons debate on oesophageal cancer on Monday 23rd February, as MPs campaign for better awareness of the disease and regional equality over treatment. The debate was called by Mike Weatherley (Conservative, Hove) who survived the disease earlier in this Parliame...


11 FEB 2015

Steve Brine MP urges rethink on Sixth Form VAT anomaly

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine is among those leading calls in Parliament for the introduction of a VAT refund scheme for Sixth Form colleges. At present, school and academy sixth forms have their VAT costs refunded by the Government, while Sixth Form Colleges do not. As a result, ...


03 FEB 2015

Steve Brine supports Time to Talk Day

Steve Brine is supporting Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma programme run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, by taking part in the national Time to Talk Day and taking 5 minutes on 5th February to have a conversation about mental health. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP will joi...


29 JAN 2015

Police widows pension change long overdue

Winchester MP Steve Brine has met with Police Minister Mike Penning to encourage him to consider the case for all police widows and widowers to get their widowed pension provision for life - even if they remarry or live with a new partner. Mr Brine, who works as Parliamentary Private Secretary to t...


21 JAN 2015

Steve Brine takes part in debate on homeless young people

Steve Brine raised the issues of mental health and substance abuse as among the key links with homelessness among young people as he took part in a Parliamentary debate on Wednesday 21st January. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP spoke beforehand to key Winchester homeless organisations Winch...


20 JAN 2015

MP chairs county police meeting in Parliament

Steve Brine chaired a high-level meeting in the House of Commons on Tuesday 20th January as the Police & Crime Commissioner, Simon Hayes, spoke to county MPs. Mr Hayes briefed the cross-party group of Conservative and Labour MPs from Hampshire on his work, and provided updates on his police and...


20 JAN 2015

Report launch on religious freedom

Steve Brine joined over 60 MPs as he attended a crucial discussion held at Westminster on Tuesday 20th January regarding the disturbing increase and breadth of persecution against Christians around the world. Recent attacks by Islamic extremists including the tragic events in Paris and Nigeria are ...


14 JAN 2015

Local MP backs Duchenne treatment campaign

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has joined the fight for urgent access to a new rare disease treatment. The campaign calls on NHS England to end delays to a breakthrough treatment which will allow some boys affected by a devastating muscle-wasting condition to stay on their feet for...


13 JAN 2015

Steve Brine meets with Guy winners

Steve Brine hosted the winners of the Winchester Round Table guy competition in the House of Commons on Tuesday 13th January. The MP was asked to judge the guy competition back on Bonfire Night, and the winners were Dylan and Jonah Mathers, who won with their 'Gary Barlow Relight my Fire' guy. Ste...


19 DEC 2014

Important news on food allergies

New regulations on labelling pre-packed & loose foods came into force in December 2014, which should help people with food allergies and intolerances make informed choices about what they buy in shops and restaurants. The Food Information for Consumers Regulation (EU FIC) will change the way al...


10 DEC 2014

Steve Brine and Donna Air unite to support hospice shopping website

Steve Brine showed his support at a Westminster event on Wednesday 10thDecember for Care2Save.co.uk, the newly-launched shopping site that will help raise funds for charities across Winchester & Chandler's Ford when people shop online. Online spending over Christmas is predicted to reach an all...


02 DEC 2014

Steve Brine raises local rail capacity in Parliament

Steve Brine spoke up for Winchester commuters as spoke about local rail capacity in a Westminster Hall debate on Tuesday 2nd December. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP took part in the Wessex Route Study (Passenger Capacity) debate, which was called by neighbouring MP Maria Miller, and which...


01 DEC 2014

MP hosts parish magazine editors in Parliament

Steve Brine hosted a group of parish magazine editors from across his constituency in the House fo Commons on Monday 1st December. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was delighted to meet the group, who took a guided tour of the Palace of Westminster before meeting Steve for tea and biscuits. ...


27 NOV 2014

Steve Brine discusses devastating impact of osteoporosis

Winchester MP Steve Brine joined patients, health practitioners and broadcaster Sue MacGregor last week to hear key findings from the National Osteoporosis Society's new report on the devastating impact osteoporosis has on people's lives. Steve said: "Events such as this present MPs with genuine op...


26 NOV 2014

Steve Brine MP speaks up for Winchester in key economy debate

Local MP Steve Brine spoke up for working families, retired people and young strivers as well as the 'other side of Winchester' in the House of Commons. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was speaking in a key debate on the economy (on Wednesday 26th November) and spoke about those who live in...


26 NOV 2014

Steve Brine pledges to support the Halve It campaign to tackle late and undiagnosed HIV

Steve Brine met with members of the HIV community at the House of Commons on Wednesday 26th November and signed a pledge to halve late diagnosed and undiagnosed HIV through national and local action. At the 'Defining Leadership to tackle HIV' World AIDS Day event hosted by the Halve It Coalition an...


19 NOV 2014

Steve Brine presses Ministers on 'pathfinder' plan in national flooding debate

MP Steve Brine led an important debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday 19th November as MPs discussed flooding and its impact on their constituents. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP called the 'Winter Flooding Preparation' debate to highlight the positive response from local authorities...


10 NOV 2014

Housing for young people raised in Commons

Steve Brine raised the issue of housing for young people in the House of Commons on Monday 10th November. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has long campaigned on the issue with Parliamentary colleagues, and he praised Help to Buy, which has allowed 54,000 families who can afford mortgage pay...


10 NOV 2014

U3A take a tour of Parliament

Steve Brine met up with members of the local University of the Third Age in Westminster on Monday 10th November, as they took a tour of Parliament. Locally, Winchester U3A currently have about 1200 members and aim to provide a friendly environment in which members can work together to share learnin...


06 NOV 2014

MP highlights tax cut supporting jobs and backing local businesses

Steve Brine has welcomed new figures released showing that 1800 businesses in Winchester & Chandler's Ford are benefitting from the Government's Employment Allowance since its introduction in April, making it easier for businesses to hire staff and create jobs. The Employment Allowance is a red...


06 NOV 2014

Steve Brine backs annual tax summaries

Steve Brine has welcomed the announcement that from the beginning of November, over 24 million hardworking taxpayers will start to receive a new, personal Annual Tax Summary. This will set out how much direct tax they pay and how that money is being spent by the Government. This will mean many hard...


05 NOV 2014

Government and tyre industry unite to reduce casualties

The tyre industry and various government agencies are set to work even more closely together in order to reduce the number of tyre related casualties which occur each year on the UK's roads. The move comes following an extremely positive meeting hosted by PACTs at the House of Commons on Wednesday 5...


05 NOV 2014

Winchester MP remembered at special Great War service in Westminster

Former Winchester MP, Lieut.-Col Guy Baring, was one of twenty two Members of Parliament killed during the First World War remembered at a special service of commemoration held on Wednesday 5th November in Westminster. He died during the Battle of the Somme in 1916, aged just 43, having been electe...


05 NOV 2014

Annual Osborne School visit to Parliament

Steve Brine met up with children and staff from Osborne School in Parliament on Wednesday 5th November as the school took its annual trip to the House of Commons. They were taken on an organised tour of Parliament, before heading off for lunch and a special Question & Answer session with t...


04 NOV 2014

MP learns more about NET patients

Steve Brine learned more about Patient experiences of neuroendocrine tumours (NET) as he took part in a House of Commons event on 4th November 2014. The 'listening to the experts' session, hosted by Steve's colleague Eric Ollerenshaw MP, was an opportunity for MPs to hear about some of the signific...


31 OCT 2014

Call for review on Park Homes sales

Steve Brine took part in an important debate on the sale of park homes in the Commons on Thursday 30th October. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, a well-known and long-standing Park Homes campaigner, joined fellow campaigners including Annette Brooke, Natascha Engel, Conor Burns and Peter Al...


31 OCT 2014

MPs debate drugs policy

MPs discussed the UK's drugs policy on Thursday 30th October following the release of a government report which found no obvious link between tough laws and levels of drug use. The debate, called by Caroline Lucas MP, was well attended, and heard from a number of MP, from all parties, who questione...


30 OCT 2014

MP firmly backs planned crackdown on nuisance call companies

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed news that the government is to strengthen rules on companies that bombard people with marketing calls and texts. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has worked with the All Party Group on Nuisance Calls since its inception, and he has spoken to a large number of ...


28 OCT 2014

Annual Breast Cancer reception in Parliament

Steve Brine joined Parliamentary colleagues from across the House on Tuesday 28th October as the All Party Group for Breast Cancer marked the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month with their annual reception. Steve is co-chair of the group, alongside Sharon Hodgson and Annette Brooke, and they were ...


28 OCT 2014

Top Education Minister to visit Winchester

The Secretary of State for Education has accepted an invitation to Winchester to hear more about Steve Brine's successful primary school places campaign. Nicky Morgan, who was promoted to the post in this summer's government reshuffle, agreed to meet Winchester MP Steve Brine in the future so she c...


27 OCT 2014

EU treating Britain like branch office says local MP

Steve Brine accused the European Union of treating Great Britain like 'a kind of branch office' in the House of Commons on Monday 27th October. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was speaking in response to a statement from David Cameron following the Prime Minister's return from Friday's EU C...


23 OCT 2014

Local MP urges rise in death tax threshold

Steve Brine is leading local calls for the Chancellor to raise the inheritance tax threshold in his next Budget. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP says he was disappointed that the Conservative manifesto idea was jettisoned from the Coalition agreement back in 2010, and is now pushing to spar...


15 OCT 2014

Steve Brine works with secondary breast cancer patients

Steve Brine hosted an event in Parliament with Breast Cancer Care on Wednesday 15th October after a survey by the charity revealed that the majority (90%) of secondary breast cancer patients are experiencing physical pain, many almost daily. As part of Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day (October...


15 OCT 2014

MP joins Diwali celebration

Steve Brine joined MPs from both main parties at the 15th Diwali celebration to be held in the House of Commons, on Wednesday 15th October. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was part of a massive turnout, which heard speeches from Bob Blackman (chair of the All-Party Group for Hindus), Keith ...


15 OCT 2014

Steve Brine signs pledge to back awareness of oesophageal cancer

Steve Brine attended a House of Commons reception to show his support for efforts to tackle the relatively unknown oesophageal cancer, which is one of the fastest rising cancers in men in the UK, with survival rates of only 1 in 10. The Oesophageal Cancer Westminster Campaign (OCWC) organised this ...


14 OCT 2014

Steve Brine hosts U3A in Parliament

Steve Brine met up with 15 members of the University of the Third Age (U3A) as they visited the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 14th October. The MP had arranged the trip for the group, who as well as meeting with Steve and taking part in a short Q&A, as well as climbing the Elizabeth Tower to ...


29 SEP 2014

Steve Brine supports air strikes on ISIL

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine voted to back air strikes against ISIL in the House of Commons on Friday 26th September. Mr Brine was present in the recalled chamber for the whole debate, and at the conclusion, MPs voted with a 481 cross-party majority to back the Prime Minister and...


15 SEP 2014

Politics goes pink for breast cancer awareness

Steve Brine is continuing the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign's flagship fundraiser, wear it pink day. The theme of wear it pink this year is to 'look good, do good' in support of breast cancer research. On Friday 24th October people across the country will come...


10 SEP 2014

Hyde900 visits The National Archives

Thanks to Steve Brine MP, a group from Hyde900 was able to visit The National Archives (TNA) in Kew on Wednesday 10th September, to examine key documents in the history of Hyde Abbey. Hosted by Adrian Ailes, Principal Records Specialist at the TNA, the Chairman of Hyde900, Steve Marper, and Founder...


02 SEP 2014

PM names super Claudia from Twyford 'Point of Light'

A Winchester super-woman who has created capes for young 'superheroes' who have faced devastation across the globe is the winner of a new volunteering award, Prime Minister David Cameron has announced. Twyford's Claudia Beard makes and donates capes to children facing tough times around the world t...


02 SEP 2014

Steve Brine raises tax benefits for lower-paid workers

Steve Brine pressed the Treasury on the tax-free allowance in the House of Commons on Tuesday 2nd September, as he highlighted how around 40,000 people in his Winchester & Chandler's Ford constituency are benefitting from Government policy. Mr Brine said the welcome decision to raise the person...


01 AUG 2014

New government role for Steve Brine

Local MP Steve Brine has taken up a new role within government following the Prime Minister's reshuffle last month. The Winchester& Chandler's Ford MP was previously Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Mike Penning MP, within the Department of Work & Pensions, and now follows Mr Pennin...


26 JUL 2014

MP welcomes major economic milestone

Steve Brine has welcomed new figures showing the British economy is now above its pre-crisis peak, after Labour's Great Recession saw the economy shrink by 7.2%. The economy grew by 0.8% in Q2 2014, up 3.1% on the same period last year. This continuing growth means there are more businesses, creat...


22 JUL 2014

MP urges constituents to take part in flood insurance consultation

Steve Brine is urging his constituents to take part in a landmark consultation which could pave the way for a new insurance scheme which would protect policyholders and the taxpayer. Defra is proposing that the Flood Reinsurance Scheme (Flood Re) addresses the availability and affordability of floo...


21 JUL 2014

MP backs Prospect pledge

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine is working with Prospect, the union for 117,000 skilled workers in the public and private sector, to back investment in specialist skills and infrastructure in the UK. During a House of Commons meeting between Mr Brine and Prospect representative, Win...


16 JUL 2014

MP leads local growth discussions in Parliament

Steve Brine hosted business leaders from Hampshire in the House of Commons on Wednesday 16th July. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was joined by the Chair, Geoff French, and the Executive Director, Kathy Slack, of Enterprise M3, a Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and a number of Hampshire...


02 JUL 2014

Park Homes Justice Campaign

Park home owners from across the country went to Parliament on Wednesday 2nd July as they lobbied government on sale commission for their homes. As things stand, owners wishing to sell their property are legally required to pay a 10% commission to the owner of the park site, and home-owners met wit...


30 JUN 2014

MP meets with Prisons Minister to discuss HMP Winchester

Steve Brine met with Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright on Monday 30th June to discuss the findings of a recent report into Winchester prison. At the meeting, held at the Ministry of Justice in Whitehall, the Winchester MP covered an 'improvement plan' they both expected to see following Her Majesty's ...


18 JUN 2014

British Tennis hits Westminster

Westminster got a taste of Wimbledon on Wednesday 18th June when Steve Brine joined the Prime Minister David Cameron in meeting some of the two million children given a chance to play tennis as a result of the schools tennis programme run by the Tennis Foundation and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA...


17 JUN 2014

Steve Brine commits to helping local children who need palliative care

Steve Brine has given his support for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions at a Westminster event held by children's palliative care charity Together for Short Lives. The event took place on Tuesday 17th June during Children's Hospice Week, the national awareness and fundrais...


16 JUN 2014

Reading counts in tackling homelessness

Steve Brine met up with St Mungo's Broadway in the House of Commons on Monday 16th June, as he learnt more about the importance of literacy in transforming lives. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP heard about the charity's new report, 'Reading Counts: Why English and maths skills matter in ta...


06 JUN 2014

New rules will help secure a fair deal for pubs

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed the announcement of new rules to ensure that tied pubs are given a fair deal by pub companies. A new statutory code will now give pub landlords running tied pubs new rights to help them get a fair deal from pub companies, and the rules will be enforced by an independ...


16 MAY 2014

Steve Brine backs Parental Passport campaign

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has backed a campaign aiming to give parents the option of putting their names on their children's passports, to prevent distress and delays at border control. An ever increasing number of parents don't share the same surname as their children –...


12 MAY 2014

MP raises Scotland in House of Commons

Steve Brine warned the House of Commons of the implications for our national security if Scotland were to vote for independence in September's referendum. Speaking in the chamber on Monday 12th May, the Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP told of his fear about SNP plans which would leave just 12 T...


09 MAY 2014

MP backs campaign for safer streets

Steve Brine has become a champion for Sustrans' Campaign for Safer Streets, supporting the right of every child to have a safe walk, bike or scoot to school. Sustrans is campaigning for a safer school run to tackle the inactivity crisis and predictions that in the UK as many as 70% of girls and 55%...


07 MAY 2014

MP backs Macmillan General Election campaign

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine met with people affected by cancer at Macmillan Question Time in Parliament on Wednesday. He heard firsthand why cancer care needs to continue to be a priority for this Government and the next. The event itself was a chance for people affected by ...


29 APR 2014

Steve Brine joins the Ramblers to talk walking

Steve Brine attended an event hosted by the Ramblers on Tuesday 29th April to discuss how they can help to build a walking Britain. The Ramblers held the reception at parliament to put walking high up on the agenda ahead of the general election in 2015 and highlight why people should vote for a wal...


08 APR 2014

Steve Brine meets Micheldever man in Parliament to discuss Malaria fight

Steve Brine joined Micheldever-based James Whiting alongside fellow MPs in Parliament on Tuesday 8th April to hear from Gabrielle Fitzgerald, a Director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as they discussed the worldwide fight against malaria. In 2007 Bill and Melinda Gates committed the Gate...


06 APR 2014

MP appears on flagship Radio 4 political show

Steve Brine spent Sunday evening at the BBC as he took part in the popular Radio 4 political show Westminster Hour. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was joined by Labour MP Julie Elliott, as host Carolyn Quinn led a series of discussions on welfare reform, Maria miller and Ed Miliband's stra...


03 APR 2014

Biggest cuts to personal and business taxes for two decades come into effect

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed the largest changes to our tax system for a generation, as the government has made the biggest cuts to personal and business taxes for twenty years. The changes, which will affect the lives of millions of people, are part of the Conservative-led government's long ter...


18 MAR 2014

MP highlights reoffending in Commons

Steve Brine discussed the recent 'reducing reoffending' conference held in Winchester in the Commons on Tuesday 18th March as he took part in Justice Questions. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was delighted to be able to mention the event,  which took place on Friday 7th March and was ...


12 MAR 2014

Winchester MP chairs session with Chief Constable

Chief Constable Andy Marsh came to Westminster today (Wednesday 12th March 2014) to meet with MPs representing communities across Hampshire. Topics discussed at the session, which was organised and chaired by Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine, included: Appointing a senior officer ...


12 MAR 2014

Praise for Winchester Penny in House of Commons

The Winchester Penny received strong backing in the House of Commons on Wednesday 12th March, after Steve Brine raised the idea in Cabinet Office Questions. The Winchester MP has long championed the scheme, and first publically floated the notion in a keynote speech at the University of Winchester ...


27 FEB 2014

Maternity care raised in Westminster

Steve Brine took the opportunity to raise maternity care in the House of Commons as he took part in Health Questions on Tuesday 25th February. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP highlighted how Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) is currently exploring a major service change which ...


26 FEB 2014

MP tells Commons the Winchester story

Steve Brine spoke passionately in the House on Wednesday 26th February, as he praised the work of so many constituents, and warned the crisis on the ground is far from over. Speaking of the inevitable comparisons with the 2000/2001 floods, the Winchester MP gave the House a full and frank account o...


25 FEB 2014

Steve Brine chairs breast cancer round table meeting

Steve Brine chaired a high-level meeting on Tuesday 25th February, as his All Party Group on Breast Cancer continues to tackle diagnosis among older women. The session, which is part of a series following the publication last year of the group's ground-breaking report into older people with the con...


24 FEB 2014

Watercress on the menu- and on the agenda

Steve Brine met with a Government Minister from Defra on Monday 24th February to discuss a number of issues affecting local watercress businesses. The Winchester MP was representing the concerns of growers such as The Watercress Company, regarding challenging new phosphate limits to be set on revis...


04 FEB 2014

Campaign against ‘extortionate’ energy bill admin fees

Local MP Steve Brine spoke out in Parliament on Tuesday 4 February 2014, against energy companies who charge their customers 'extortionate' administration fees for not paying their bills by direct debit. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP attended the Commons on Tuesday 4th February, alongside...


04 FEB 2014

Ovarian cancer awareness is vital

The need for a national campaign to highlight the awareness of ovarian cancer was top of the agenda as Steve Brine met with the Health Minister, Jane Ellison, on Monday 3rd February. With 7,000 women affected each year, it is the fourth biggest cancer killer in women with around 4,300 deaths. Previ...


30 JAN 2014

MP hosts students in the House

Steve Brine hosted a pair of students keen to experience Parliament as they visited the House of Commons on Thursday 30th January. The Winchester MP met Jonny Scowen and Harry Sampson, of Winchester Student Conservative Society, and they had the opportunity to talk about a variety of national and u...


30 JAN 2014

Early years- 1000 critical days

Steve Brine took part in a Westminster Hall debate on the importance of the first 1000 days of a child's life, from conception to their second birthday. The event heard from a cross-party group of MPs who are backing Andrea Leadsom's 1001 Critical Days Manifesto, which presents a vision for the ear...


14 JAN 2014

Strong backing for EC legal high opt-out

Steve Brine has given his strong backing to news that the UK is to out of planned European Commission rules on legal highs. The government has decided not to join the scheme because it would hamper British attempts to ban new drugs coming onto the UK market. Home Office Minister Norman Baker said:...


13 JAN 2014

MP appears on flagship politics show

Steve Brine joined a range of guests on Sunday 12th January as he appeared on Radio 4's Westminster Hour. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP joined host Caroline Quinn and fellow MPs Meg Munn and Martin Horwood as they discussed topics including the economy and housebuilding, as well as lookin...


09 JAN 2014

Steve Brine representing the Hindu community

Steve Brine has become a founding member of a parliamentary group set up to promote the interests of British Hindus. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP will now work with colleagues on a cross-party basis, to celebrate and promote their culture and raise issues specific to the British Hindu co...


08 JAN 2014

Weeke Primary visit Parliament

Steve Brine hosted children and teachers from Weeke Primary School in Parliament on Wednesday 8th January. The Winchester MP had arranged for a group from the school's Newspaper club to come up and interview him about his job, as well as taking in a tour of the House of Commons. The visit followed ...


18 DEC 2013

MP part of major committee on prisoner voting

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine is right in the middle of the current highly charged debate around the issue of whether prisoner should be allowed to vote. Mr Brine has sat for the past 6-months on a special joint committee of Parliament charged with scrutinising the Government's dr...


16 DEC 2013

'Safety first' as Keep Hampshire Green praised in Commons

A Hampshire campaign group was praised in the House of Commons (Monday 16th December) as the number of military objections to onshore wind farms was discussed. Following reports that EDF Energy, a French-based multi-national company hoping to erect a series of wind turbines at Bullington Cross, exp...


12 DEC 2013

Home Office to review legal highs

The Home Office has announced that it is to open a new review on legal highs, which could lead to reforms of the UK's current drug legislation. The review will come after legal high deaths in England and Wales rose twofold to 52 this past year alone, and following some tragic, high-profile, fatalit...


05 DEC 2013

Steve welcomes the Chancellor's long-term plan

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, Steve Brine, has today welcomed the coalition's Autumn Statement, which sets out the next steps in the Government's long-term economic plan. He has also welcomed measures in the Autumn Statement to help hardworking people in his own constituency. Steve said; "T...


03 DEC 2013

We need male teachers in primary schools too, says MP

Steve Brine stressed the importance of men as well as women teaching in primary schools during a Commons debate today. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, whose daughter Emily is in the early stages of primary school, spoke about the value of male teachers which have traditionally been under-r...


03 DEC 2013

MP stresses Foreign Office language skills

Steve Brine highlighted the importance of the language skills of British diplomats, as the Prime Minister visits China on a groundbreaking trade visit. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP raised the issue with the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, as it came to light that under the previous Lab...


29 NOV 2013

EU referendum Bill makes further progress

The EU (Referendum) Bill has now received its Third Reading, after it was backed unopposed in the House of Commons on Friday 29th November. The Bill, led by Conservative MP James Wharton, and backed enthusiastically by Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine, will now be sent to the Ho...


28 NOV 2013

Plain packaging of cigarettes

Steve Brine raised the local Cancer Research UK Centre during an Urgent Question on tobacco packaging on Thursday 28th November. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP discussed a recent visit he made, at the invitation of his constituent, Tim Underwood, who leads the team looking at the oesophage...


28 NOV 2013

Steve Brine supports Keep Me Posted campaign

The Keep Me Posted campaign, has received a boost from Steve Brine after he expressed his support for greater consumer choice and protection of vulnerable consumers. Keep Me Posted presses for the consumer's right to choose how organisations, such as banks, energy and telecoms companies send custom...


27 NOV 2013

Welcome for Post Office modernisation plan

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has welcomed a major new investment – some £640m – in the Post Office network by the Government. Mr Brine was in the House of Commons as the new funding was announced for the years 2015-2018 by Post Office Minister Jo Swinson who sai...


26 NOV 2013

Steve Brine supports call for greater focus and resource to tackle pancreatic cancer

Steve Brine has pledged to support the recommendations set out in a parliamentary Inquiry report, which has concluded that NHS treatment for pancreatic cancer is not patient-centered, well co-ordinated or efficient. On Monday 25th November, during the awareness month for the disease the Winchester ...


21 NOV 2013

MP celebrates record growth in cycle-rail

Record numbers of Britons chose to combine cycle and rail travel this year, and Steve Brine MP joined the winners of the 2013 National Cycle Rail Awards as they demonstrated how the industry has worked together to encourage that growth. Around 39million cycle-rail journeys are now made a year, a 4...


21 NOV 2013

Steve Brine attends Westminster event to shape the future of children’s palliative care

Steve Brine attended a Westminster reception event hosted by the UK's leading children's palliative care charity, Together for Short Lives, on Tuesday 19th November. Together for Short Lives is the leading charity for UK children's palliative care. We support those who help, love and care for child...


20 NOV 2013

MP sets national agenda at PMQs

Steve Brine set the national agenda on Wednesday 20th November as he stood up for CO-OP customers at Prime Minister's Questions. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was first up in the Chamber at the regular 12pm mid-week session, and asked David Cameron if he shared his 'disbelief' and grave c...


19 NOV 2013

Itchen Abbas Primary visits Parliament

Steve Brine hosted a group of children from Itchen Abbas Primary School in the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 19th November. In total, 24 children from year 5 and year 6, visited Westminster, and Kingfishers class teacher Michelle Walton said: "They had such a great time during the day. Some child...


07 NOV 2013

Nuisance calls tackled once again

Steve Brine kept up his focus on unwanted nuisance calls as a new bill was launched in the House of Commons on Wednesday 6th November. Steve was a sponsor of Alun Cairns' Bill which seeks to require disclosure of caller line identification by non-domestic callers, and ensure that telephone provider...


06 NOV 2013

MP highlights small suppliers in energy price debate

Steve Brine backed small suppliers, including Winchester's very own Utilita, as he warned they would be hit hard in any energy price 'freeze', which has been put forward by Labour. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP recently visited Utilita, run by Bill Bullen, and also challenged Labour of th...


06 NOV 2013

Steve Brine MP demands regional response to shipyard announcement

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has urged the Defence Secretary to engage as widely as possible as a regeneration plan is put together for the Portsmouth shipyard after BAE Systems confirmed shipbuilding in the city will draw to a close. The MP spoke of the 'grave concern' and 'many...


04 NOV 2013

Local MP Steve Brine supports diabetes awareness in Winchester

Steve Brine joined high profile parliamentarians at the annual diabetes charity event, the Silver Star Diabetes Health Challenge, at the House of Commons. On Wednesday 30th October, as part of Diwali at Westminster, Steve Brine MP took the quick and easy diabetes test to help raise awareness of the...


01 NOV 2013

Steve Brine MP calls for action to support the financial education of vulnerable young people

Winchester MP Steve Brine has called for more to be done to support the financial education of vulnerable young people outside of mainstream education. The MP is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Financial Education for Young People, which has published the findings of a 10-month inq...


31 OCT 2013

Steve Brine Welcomes Nuisance Calls Report

Steve Brine has welcomed the publication of the report of the All Party Parliamentary Group's inquiry into the unsolicited Marketing industry, following his energetic campaigning on the issue. The APPG, which is made up of MPs from across the UK and the political spectrum, was set up to help the ma...


30 OCT 2013

MP hosts Sociology students in Westminster

Steve Brine hosted a group of students from the University of Winchester on Wednesday 30th October, as they discussed a range of issues of interest. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP meets dozens of students from Primary, Secondary and Tertiary sectors each year, and was delighted to spend ti...


28 OCT 2013

MP highlights Legal Highs in Commons

Steve Brine tackled the Home Office over the issue of legal highs as he asked if the Misuse of Drugs Act was 'fit for purpose' in the House of Commons on Monday 28th October. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP raised the growing problem of online sales of legal highs, and said that the UK was ...


25 OCT 2013

MP welcomes female offender family reforms

Steve Brine has welcomed reforms to keep women prisoners closer to home, while providing them with the skills to find employment so they turn their backs on crime for good, which have been given the go ahead by the coalition government. The new Minister for female offenders, Lord McNally, announced...


24 OCT 2013

Mis-selling of Interest Rate Swaps issue returns to Parliament

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine met up with constituents affected by the mis-selling of products by the banks ahead of debate in Parliament (Thursday 24 October). The MP who is Vice Chairman of the All-Party Group campaigning on the subject spoke in the debate, which highlighted the...


21 OCT 2013

Steve Brine promoted to be ministerial aide

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has been promoted in the recent Government reshuffle by Prime Minister David Cameron. He will become Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Mike Penning, who is Minister of State of the Department for Work & Pensions and also Minister for Disabl...


16 OCT 2013

Otterbourne schoolchildren visit Parliament

Otterbourne Primary School visited the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday 16th October, where they also took the opportunity to meet their local MP. They took in a tour of the Houses of Parliament before heading over to Westminster Abbey to meet up with Steve Brine for a lively Q&A session. Sp...


16 OCT 2013

Local MP pushes giant button for autism

Steve Brine pushed a giant button as he pledged his support for a campaign aimed at improving the lives of adults with autism in Winchester & Chandler's Ford and across England. Nicknamed 'Jenson', the big travelling button is the mascot of the National Autistic Society's (NAS) 'Push for Action...


14 OCT 2013

MP presses government on assessment fairness

Steve Brine pressed Government Ministers as he raised the Work Capability Assessment in the House of Commons on Monday 14th October. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP asked Mike Penning MP, Minister of State, on the steps he was taking to reduce assessment waiting times. He also told the Hous...


14 OCT 2013

Winchester MP to back Gibraltar motion

Steve Brine is backing Gibraltar as a group of MPs seeks to clarify the UK position on territorial waters. Following a summer of turmoil for residents of the Rock, with numerous border delays and incursions by the Spanish Guardia Civil into Gibraltarian maritime territory, Steve Brine is supporting...


10 OCT 2013

Funding support for deaf children and young people

Steve Brine has welcomed news that there will be a debate in Parliament on funding support for deaf children and young people, following a campaign by a cross-party group of MPs and the National Deaf Children's Society. The debate, which will take place on Thursday 17th October, will focus on the i...


10 OCT 2013

Nuisance calls under spotlight

A cross-party group of MPs is looking at the blight of nuisance calls through a parliamentary inquiry. Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine, who is a member of the All-Party Group, is backing the inquiry on behalf of constituents who have raised the issue with him locally. The inquiry s...


08 OCT 2013

Winchester Prison investment raised in Commons

Local MP Steve Brine challenged the Justice Secretary over future investment at Winchester Prison, Tuesday 8th October. Speaking in Justice Questions in the House of Commons as MPs returned to Westminster after the party conferences, the MP praised Chris Grayling for his programme of modernisation ...


12 SEP 2013

Steve Brine continues the fight against breast cancer

Steve Brine has continued the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign's biggest (and pinkest) fundraiser, wear it pink day. Over the last 10 years wear it pink has raised a staggering £23 million and on Friday 25th October 2013 people will come together in schools...


11 SEP 2013

MP makes pledge in the fight against dementia

Steve Brine has pledged to take action to support the 800,000 people living with dementia across the UK. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP joined 200 other MPs and representatives from Alzheimer's Society in Portcullis House, Westminster on Tuesday 10th September to provide a handwritten stat...


10 SEP 2013

Otterbourne WI make themselves heard in Parliament

The Otterbourne Women's Institute visited the House of Commons recently (Tuesday 10th September) and treated Westminster Hall to a rousing rendition of the hymn Jerusalem. Around forty ladies (and a few gentlemen) visited the Houses of Parliament after Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brin...


10 SEP 2013

Local WW1 commemoration raised in Parliament

Winchester's 'To honour a promise' World War I commemoration project was highlighted in Parliament on Tuesday 10th September. It was raised by local MP Steve Brine as part of a short-debate, led by Dartford MP Gareth Johnson, looking at events being formed across the country to mark the 100th Anniv...


10 SEP 2013

Winchester praised by Chancellor George Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne praised Winchester's city council and its business community on Tuesday 10th September while speaking in the House of Commons. He was responding to a question from MP Steve Brine about Government support for small businesses which he said was central to the mission to crea...


10 SEP 2013

Issue of summer-born children raised in Parliament

Local MP Steve Brine is raising the issue of 'summer born' children as the Department for Education publishes new advice on when they can start school. Concerns have long existed that children born in July and August are often expected to start school too early, when they are just four, and there i...


10 SEP 2013

Welcome for legal aid re-think

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has welcomed a Government re-think over plans to overhaul criminal legal aid. Mr Brine, who is a member of the powerful Justice Select Committee, has been an outspoken critic of the proposals which would have introduced a system of price competitive t...


02 SEP 2013

MP lays down cycling challenge in Commons debate

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine laid down a challenge to CALA Homes and the Highways Agency in a recent parliamentary debate about cycling. Speaking in the 'Get Britain Cycling' debate (Monday 2 Sept) which followed the publication earlier this year of a landmark report from the All...


30 AUG 2013

Syria and the use of chemical weapons debate

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine was among those recalled to Parliament on Thursday August 29 2013 for an emergency debate titled 'Syria and the use of chemical weapons'. It was in response to an attack using banned chemical weapons in the country on August 21 2013 which caused hundr...


29 AUG 2013

Consultation on tax-free childcare

The Government has launched a wide-ranging consultation on the design and operation of tax-free childcare, with the scheme due to come into force from Autumn 2015. The aim of the scheme is to provide much-needed support for those in work facing high childcare costs, while enabling others to either ...


27 AUG 2013

Dean of Winchester joins MPs in Parliament

The Dean of Winchester, the Very Revd James Atwell joined local MP Steve Brine as well as Deans from across the country at a special meeting in Parliament recently. The gathering, which is organised by Lord Patrick McCormack, has become an annual event for MPs representing some of the great cathedr...


22 JUL 2013

Local MP publishes key breast cancer report

Winchester MP Steve Brine has launched a pioneering new report looking at the issue of breast cancer. The report called 'Age is just a number' follows a major inquiry led by Mr Brine and outlines new and urgent recommendations to combat the issues surrounding inequality in treatment, services and s...


17 JUL 2013

All Saints visit Parliament

All Saints Church of England School visited Parliament on Wednesday 17th July for a tour of the House and met up with their MP, Steve Brine. Following their tour of Parliament, Steve met up with children and staff from the Highcliffe school, and hosted a lively Q&A session, which covered Michae...


12 JUL 2013

MP welcomes inquiry on nuisance calls

Steve Brine has welcomed a new Parliamentary inquiry into nuisance calls and text messages, which will run until mid-August. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Nuisance Calls, led by Mike Crockart MP. He said: "Unwanted marketing messages can...


05 JUL 2013

MP votes for EU referendum

Steve Brine voted emphatically for a referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union on Friday 5th July, as the House of Commons was packed, at least on one side! Steve spoke in the debate, and said how keenly the people of Winchester & Chandler's Ford await the chance to actually hear ...


03 JUL 2013

Welcome for station improvement works

Local MP Steve Brine used a Commons debate to welcome vital improvement works taking place at Winchester Railway Station this Summer. Speaking in a short Westminster Hall debate (pictured) about disabled access to rail travel (on Weds 3 July 2013) led by his Conservative colleague Rory Stewart MP, ...


02 JUL 2013

Early diagnosis focus for cancer reception

Steve Brine joined a range of colleagues in the House of Commons on Tuesday 2nd July as he hosted the annual Cancer Research UK Westminster Reception. The annual reception is an opportunity for Cancer Research UK to engage with parliamentarians, such as Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Bri...


28 JUN 2013

MP speaks in key Legal Aid debate

Local MP Steve Brine spoke in a high-profile Commons debate (Thursday 27 June 2013) about Government plans to radically reform criminal legal aid. New rules mean MPs debate an issue when it reaches 100,000 signatures on a Downing Street petition and the interest in the subject, generated by the coa...


26 JUN 2013

MP hosts Merdon Junior School in Parliament

Steve Brine hosted children from Merdon Junior School, based in Chandler's Ford, in the House of Commons on Wednesday 26th June. Pupils and staff enjoyed a tour of both Houses of Parliament before meeting up with their MP in the sunshine for a chat. Steve said: "It was great to host yet another gr...


24 JUN 2013

City of Winchester Trust go to Parliament

The City of Winchester Trust visited Parliament recently (Weds 19 June 2013) to raise a wide range of local issues with City MP Steve Brine. Mr Brine invited Trust representatives to meet with him in the House of Commons twice each year and was joined by Chairman Keith Leaman and Vice Chair, Michae...


19 JUN 2013

Wimbledon fever hits Westminster

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine praised the involvement of several local schools involved in a nationwide schools tennis programme during Prime Ministers' Question Time on Wednesday 19th June. Henry Beaufort and Kings' School were flagged up to PM David Cameron for their work w...


18 JUN 2013

New rights for park home owners go-live

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, and leading Park Homes campaigner, Steve Brine has welcomed new rights for park home residents which have formally come into force. The Mobile Homes Act 2013, which was successfully steered through Parliament by Peter Aldous MP and Lord Richard Best supported by...


12 JUN 2013

Let Britain Decide

Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps has urged British people to help backbencher James Wharton MP, in his bid to secure the first EU referendum in 40 years. Today the Party Chairman and the Prime Minister launch a new campaign website, www.LetBritainDecide.com, which makes it simple for people...


12 JUN 2013

Crossing celebrated in Parliament

Staff and pupils at Osborne School in Winchester joined Steve Brine in the House of Commons on Wednesday 12th June to celebrate their new Andover Road crossing. They had lobbied Steve last year, writing to him and even travelling to Parliament to make the case, and following the completion of the w...


11 JUN 2013

Hiltingbury Juniors visit Parliament

Steve Brine hosted staff and children from Hiltingbury Junior School as they took in a tour of the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 11th June. As well as being guided around the ancient palace, and seeing the House of Commons themselves, they also met with Steve, the MP for Chandler's Ford and Hilti...


11 JUN 2013

Early action saves lives

Steve Brine raised the issue of early detection and diagnosis in Health Questions on Tuesday 11th June in the House of Commons. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP pushed the Government to prioritise raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer, as well as highlighting how early diagno...


11 JUN 2013

Legal aid proposals tested in JSC

The Justice Select Committee held an evidence session on the Ministry of Justice's criminal legal aid, relating to price competitive tendering, on Tuesday 11th June. The Committee has received a large number of representations on the proposals in the Government's consultation paper on 'Transforming...


16 MAY 2013

Steve Brine MP calls for EU referendum

Steve Brine was among a large number of MPs from across the House who supported an amendment to the recent Queen's Speech that expressed "regret that an EU referendum Bill was not included". The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was among a total of 114 Conservatives, 11 Labour MP and a Liberal D...


15 MAY 2013

Local MP pledges support for deaf children

Steve Brine has pledged his support to protect vital services for deaf children, at an event held at the Houses of Parliament on Thursday 16th May. The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) invited MPs from across England to support a call for a Parliamentary debate to protect specialist services...


26 APR 2013

MP highlights early signs of children’s heart problems

Steve Brine is calling on parents across Winchester & Chandler's Ford to check for warning signs of possible heart problems experienced by their children and follow life-saving guidance issued by the UK's leading children's heart charity. The MP is supporting 'Think HEART' the Children's Heart ...


25 APR 2013

Blue Apple Theatre perform in Parliament

Winchester's revered Blue Apple Theatre put on a very special show (Weds 24 April) in the Houses of Parliament. Local MP Steve Brine organised for the company, which showcases the talents of actors with learning disabilities, to perform in Speaker's House. It is thought to be only the second time a...


25 APR 2013

Ambitious cycling report launched

Local MP Steve Brine has praised a landmark report on the future of cycling in Britain launched this week in Parliament. The report, from the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group of which Mr Brine is vice-chair, says one in ten journeys should be made by bike and calls for a national cycling champ...


25 APR 2013

Samantha Cameron hosts Naomi House at No 10

Steve Brine joined staff and children from Naomi House at 10 Downing Streets, as guests of Samantha Cameron, who wanted to thank supporters of the charity. Over 100 guests were welcomed to No 10, including long-serving volunteers, trustees, patrons and a number of children, young people and familie...


17 APR 2013

Breast cancer inquiry underway

The first session of an important Parliamentary inquiry into Breast Cancer and older people took place in the House of Commons on Tuesday 16th April. The All Party Group on Breast Cancer is concerned that many older breast cancer patients are not receiving the same level of treatment and support ex...


17 APR 2013

MP holds debate on police cautions and young people

Steve Brine held a Westminster Hall debate on Wednesday 17th April to discuss the issues surrounding police cautions and young people. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP said the well-attended debate also provided an opportunity to seek clarification from the Government on recent developments ...


16 APR 2013

MP raises increase of organ donation

Steve Brine highlighted the 50% increase in post-death organ donation over the past five years in the House of Commons on Tuesday 16th April. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was speaking in Health Questions, and as well as taking the opportunity to credit the network of specialist nurses wh...


05 APR 2013

More one to one support for new parents

More disadvantaged new parents in Winchester & Chandler's Ford will benefit from one to one help and support from a specialist nurse, thanks to the Family Nurse Partnership. Around 11,000 families are already benefitting from personalised support from family nurses and Conservatives in Governme...


27 MAR 2013

Local MP joins bee health debate in Parliament

Steve Brine MP highlighted the concerns of hundreds of constituents in a short Parliamentary debate about bee health on Tuesday 26th March. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP used a special Westminster Hall debate to question why the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (...


25 MAR 2013

Westminster Hour

Steve Brine joined fellow MP Julie Hilling on the Radio 4 programme Westminster Hour on the evening of Sunday 24th March. Hosted by Carolyn Quinn, the MPs debated a range of topics including the economy, departmental spending, housing and immigration. Speaking afterwards, Steve said: "It was great...


20 MAR 2013

Hampshire speech therapists example raised in Commons

Steve Brine raised the work of speech therapists in tackling the 'spiral of poor behaviour' in Justice Questions on Tuesday 19th March. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, who is a member of the Justice Select Committee, discussed the new 'army' of speech and language therapy practitioners who...


20 MAR 2013

Sexual health improvement framework

Local councils will now be able to commission sexual health services as the Government seeks to tackle what can often be a 'hidden problem'. The Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England sets out the Government's ambitions for improving sexual health, and is designed to be used by local or...


19 MAR 2013

New inquiry for Justice Committee

The House of Commons Justice Select Committee will hold an inquiry into penal policy and crime reduction. Following a focus on Transforming Rehabilitation, the inquiry will examine the Government's penal policy in the broader context of cross-departmental crime reduction related policies, and refle...


14 MAR 2013

Early access to SLTs vital in tackling youth offending

Steve Brine raised the issues of speech and language therapy in the House of Commons as he welcomed the release of the Justice Select Committee's Youth Justice Report on Thursday 14th March. Based on evidence provided by the Royal College, 10% of children and young people in the general population ...


14 MAR 2013

Youth Justice System is failing vulnerable young people

The Youth Justice System is currently failing children in care and care leavers and there should be more effort to prevent the unnecessary criminalisation of these vulnerable young people, the Justice Committee has concluded. The Chair of the Committee, Sir Alan Beith MP, said: "We were shocked by ...


13 MAR 2013

Northern Ireland Justice Committee visit UK

Steve Brine met with members of the Northern Ireland Justice Committee as they visited Parliament's Justice Select Committee on Wednesday 13th March. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP joined colleagues such as Sir Alan Beith (chairman) for lunch as they discussed a number of issues common to ...


13 MAR 2013

MPs lead debate on British Sikh community

Steve Brine joined MPs from both main parties in a celebration of Sikh life in Britain at a special Westminster Hall debate on Wednesday 13th March. The event was led by Gareth Johnson, Conservative MP for Dartford, and focused on a number of issues, including the carrying of the kirpan, and the we...


05 MAR 2013

MP set to tackle nuisance calls

Steve Brine has joined a new Parliamentary group which will call for strong action to be taken on nuisance calls. Over the past six months, Steve's Parliamentary colleague Mike Crockart (Edinburgh West) has been running the 'No to Nuisance Calls' campaign. Two weeks ago he handed in a petition with...


05 MAR 2013

Local MP launches major Parliamentary inquiry

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine will lead a major inquiry in Parliament this Spring on the subject of breast cancer. The inquiry, which will explore access to treatment, services and support for older people with breast cancer, is being organised by The All-Party Parliamentary Group...


05 MAR 2013

‘Political leadership is the most important factor in getting Britain cycling,’ says Jon Snow

"The politician that takes leadership on cycling and really revolutionises it will leave a legacy for generations," journalist and broadcaster Jon Show told the final session of the Get Britain Cycling inquiry yesterday. Snow, who is also President of the CTC, also told the inquiry that one thing t...


04 MAR 2013

Fairness finally delivered for British HGVs

Steve Brine has welcomed the new law to make foreign HGVs pay a levy to use our roads, as the HGV Road User Levy Bill received Royal Assent and passed into law. With British HGVs paying to use European roads, this Bill delivers fairness for British hauliers, and rights a wrong that they have faced ...


28 FEB 2013

MP discusses Transforming Rehabilitation

Steve Brine discussed managing the risk of offenders within the probation system as he spoke during an evidence session on Transforming Rehabilitation in the Justice Select Committee on Wednesday 27th February. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was questioning Justice Secretary Chris Grayling...


27 FEB 2013

Fixers launched nationwide

The UK-wide launch of Fixers – the national movement of young people fixing the future – was hosted by one of its biggest champions, Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine, on Tuesday 26th February. Speaking at the House of Commons event, Mr Brine said he was immensely proud to...


27 FEB 2013

MP welcomes proper recognition for WWII heroes

Local MP Steve Brine has welcomed David Cameron's announcement that World War II war heroes who served on the Arctic Convoys and in Bomber Command will be eligible to receive new recognition. Families of those who have sadly died will also be able to apply for the new awards in recognition of their...


26 FEB 2013

Steve Brine meets local college leaders in Parliament

Winchester MP, Steve Brine, joined Barton Peveril College principal, Jonathan Prest, at the recent launch of the Sixth Form Colleges' Association (SFCA) at the House of Commons. The Association – formerly known as the Sixth Form Colleges' Forum – launched a white paper at the event and ...


26 FEB 2013

MP welcomes new education focus in youth justice system

Steve Brine has welcomed new proposals from Conservative Justice Secretary Chris Grayling to help young offenders turn their backs on crime. The new plans explore a radically different approach. 'Transforming Youth Custody: Putting Education at the Heart of Detention' aims to deliver value for the ...


25 FEB 2013

Getting households a fair deal on their energy bills

Cheaper energy bills for people across Winchester & Chandler's Ford came one step closer this week with Ofgem's reforms to the energy market. These reforms follow the plans set out by the Prime Minister last year to ensure consumers get the cheapest deal. Ofgem's reforms endorse the proposals i...


14 FEB 2013

Prime Minister agrees to hospice funding improvements

Professor Khalid Aziz, Chairman of Naomi House children's hospice, met with the Prime Minister on Wednesday 13th February, to discuss funding for children's hospices across the UK, and was delighted with Mr. Cameron's response. Prof. Aziz was seeking a unified national model for children's hospice ...


14 FEB 2013

Steve Brine MP welcomes "huge victory" for financial education campaign

Steve Brine has welcomed a "huge victory" for the campaign for compulsory financial education in schools, following the publication of the new draft National Curriculum for England. The new curriculum will see personal finance taught in both mathematics and in citizenship education for 11 to 16 year...


13 FEB 2013

Boardman speaks on London 2012 legacy

The real legacy from the UK hosting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games would be Britain becoming a true cycling nation, Olympic champion Chris Boardman told a parliamentary inquiry on Wednesday 13th February. The fourth session of the All Party Cycling Group's Get Britain Cycling inquiry ...


12 FEB 2013

Scrap Metal Dealers Bill set to become law

Steve Brine has welcomed news that the Scrap Metal Dealers Bill received its third reading in the House of Lords on Tuesday 12th February. This means the Bill, sponsored by Conservative MP Richard Ottaway, has now completed all stages of Parliament. Mr Ottaway said: "My Bill proposes a whole-scale...


08 FEB 2013

Steve Brine backs National Bee Action Plan

Steve has joined a cross-party group of over 100 MPs, including Ministers, in supporting a call for a National Bee Action Plan. The campaign calls for a reverse to the decline of Britain's honey and wild bees, and Steve feels the need for such a plan is urgent. He said: "This is something I have h...


06 FEB 2013

Cycling must be designed into all road infrastructure

Provision for cycling must be considered and designed into all road infrastructure as it is being planned, rather than being an afterthought, a parliamentary inquiry heard today. The third session of the Get Britain Cycling inquiry focused on road planning and design and heard from cycling organisa...


05 FEB 2013

Intelligent Justice

Steve Brine attended a special breakfast hosted by the Howard League for Penal Reform on Tuesday 5th February, looking at the effectiveness of prison terms and community sentencing. A new pamphlet, Intelligent Justice, has been published by professors Stephen Farrall, Mike Hough and Fergus McNeill,...


30 JAN 2013

Guarded welcome to full review of interest rate swap mis-selling

Steve Brine has given a guarded welcome to news that the Financial Services Authority has confirmed the 'big four' banks will start the full review of their sales of interest rate hedging products to small businesses. Steve is a member of an All-Party Group examining the issue, and has a number of ...


30 JAN 2013

Justice needed for cyclists on the roads

More justice is needed for cyclists and other vulnerable road users who are hurt or killed on the roads, a parliamentary inquiry has heard. Steve Brine is a key member of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, and is participating heavily in the inquiry. He said: "Representatives from cycling o...


29 JAN 2013

Tackling payday loans

Steve Brine tackled the issue of payday loans in the House of Commons as he questioned the Economic Secretary to the Treasury on Tuesday 29th January. Steve pointed out that a number of his constituents had been caught out by the high interest rates charged, and wanted to know what the Government w...


23 JAN 2013

Political leadership needed from the very top to Get Britain Cycling

Leadership from the top of government is needed to transform Britain into a cycling nation, a parliamentary inquiry concluded today. Witnesses at the first session of the All Party Cycling Group's Get Britain Cycling inquiry were in agreement that political will and leadership is needed to ensure t...


22 JAN 2013

Local MP in landmark cycling inquiry

Steve Brine will join colleagues from the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group this week as it hears its first witnesses on Wednesday 23rd January in a unique Westminster inquiry. Sessions will examine the aspirations for cycling in the UK, safety, business and health benefits, planning and design...


21 JAN 2013

Samantha Cameron hosts Breast Cancer Campaign

Steve Brine, MP for Winchester and Chandler's Ford, recently attended a Number 10 Downing Street reception hosted by Samantha Cameron, for research charity Breast Cancer Campaign. The event launched Breast Cancer Campaign's new project that will transform the diagnosis, treatment and quality of lif...


17 JAN 2013

MP welcomes Entertainment Licensing Reform

Steve Brine has welcomed the easing of entertainment regulations, and said that as a result more people should be able to enjoy local artists right on their doorstep. In late 2011, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport launched a consultation into reforming the regime that regulates many publ...


16 JAN 2013

Exciting developments on breast cancer fight

Steve Brine has joined breast cancer campaign groups in warmly welcoming the announcement of draft NICE guidelines on how to provide the best possible service to people with a family history of breast cancer. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, who is co-chair of the All-Party Breast Cancer Gr...


15 JAN 2013

Call for evidence over older prisoners

The Justice Select Committee is launching a call for written evidence for its new inquiry into older prisoners Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine is a member of the committee, which is chaired by Sir Alan Beith MP, and for the purposes of the inquiry, the Committee proposes to define as...


14 JAN 2013

Plymouth Brethren reception in Parliament

Members of the Plymouth Brethren Church came to the House of Commons today (Monday 14 January) for a reception among MPs and Peers. The event, held in the Terrace Marquee was primarily a musical event sponsored by Michael Ellis MP and includes a live band and youth choir (pictured). A number of th...


08 JAN 2013

Steve takes breast cancer delegation to No.10

Improving care and treatment for breast cancer patients was the only subject on the agenda today (Tuesday 8 January 2013) as Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine led a meeting with the Prime Minister at No.10 Downing Street. The meeting has become something of an annual event and feature...


08 JAN 2013

2020 Vision - An Agenda for Transformation

Steve Brine will join colleagues on Wednesday 9th January at the launch of a new report preparing answers for the big questions about the Britain of tomorrow. 2020 Vision - An Agenda for Transformation seeks to demonstrate that progressive Conservative values will equip our country for the challeng...


03 JAN 2013

MP welcomes extra £30 million of Start-Up Loans

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has welcomed the Government announcing a £30 million boost to Start-Up Loans to create thousands of new businesses and help young people find jobs. The Prime Minister's announcement brings the total pot for Start-Up Loans to more than £110...


18 DEC 2012

Tax cut for low paid welcomed

Local MP Steve Brine has welcomed new figures which show the Government cutting taxes for some 37,000 people across his Winchester & Chandler's Ford constituency from April next year. In addition, the Government will lift 1,512 residents out of tax altogether thanks to the rising of the income t...


11 DEC 2012

New rough sleeping service launched

A nationwide new service designed to help rough sleepers has been launched by the government on Tuesday 11th December. Streetlink provides a central point of contact that members of the public who wish to get help for a rough sleeper can call. Mark Prisk, Minister for Housing, said: "The general p...


06 DEC 2012

Finance education for vulnerable young people

Steve Brine has welcomed a call for evidence in an inquiry into the provision of financial education for vulnerable youngsters. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, who is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Financial Education for Young People, is encouraging all UK organisations ...


04 DEC 2012

Justice Committee visits Belfast

Steve Brine and fellow members of the Justice Select Committee visited Belfast today (4th December 2012) as part their ongoing inquiries into women offenders and youth justice. The MPs flew into George Best Airport and headed straight for the Probation Board of Northern Ireland where they met the I...


27 NOV 2012

Stalking made a criminal offence

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed two new laws to protect the victims of stalking, which have now come into force, along with a raft of other supportive measures designed to tackle violence against women and girls. Over a lifetime, almost one in five women and one in ten men are affected by stalking....


23 NOV 2012

Local MP calls on schools to take part in autism challenge

Steve Brine is supporting a nationwide charity challenge to help raise awareness of issues affecting pupils with autism and is calling on all local schools to take part. The Anderson Schools Challenge is a joint campaign between The National Autistic Society (NAS) and the Anderson Foundation, which...


20 NOV 2012

MP speaks in Commons Autism debate

Steve Brine spoke about helping the millions of autistic children who lack key parental support in the House of Commons on Tuesday 20th November. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, who is also vice chair of the All-Party Autism Group, was speaking in a debate held by colleague Robert Buckland...


15 NOV 2012

Delight at ‘step forward’ for fight against dementia

Steve Brine has expressed his delight following David Cameron's launch of Britain's biggest ever awareness raising project on dementia. Under a scheme that will provide free coaching sessions on how to spot the signs of dementia and support people who have it, a million people are now set to become...


14 NOV 2012

MP highlights digital breast screening and early diagnosis

Steve Brine discussed digital breast screening and early diagnosis as the Commons debated the NHS Commissioning Board Mandate on Tuesday 13th November. The MP, who co-chairs the All Party Breast Cancer Group, asked Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, if he agreed that the NHS must move fast...


14 NOV 2012

Fighting Bank Mis-Selling to Small Businesses

Steve Brine has joined up with a number of influential cross-party MPs who have come together to form a Parliamentary Group to investigate the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products by UK banks, and the impact on SMEs. Around 50 MPs have already joined the All-Party Mis-Selling Group, refle...


13 NOV 2012

Youth offending and resettlement raised in Commons

Steve Brine raised the issue of reducing youth offenders and resettlement programmes in the House of Commons on Tuesday 13th November. Speaking in Justice Questions, the Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, who is a member of the Justice Select Committee, asked Damian Green, Minister for Policing a...


13 NOV 2012

Welcome for DVLA contract award

Local MP Steve Brine says it is "excellent news" that the new DVLA contract has been awarded to the Post Office. MPs and Post Office staff had said the pending decision about the future of the DVLA contract, which allows customers to renew car tax discs at their local post office branch, was a chan...


08 NOV 2012

Get Britain Cycling

The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) is calling for evidence for an inquiry entitled: "Get Britain Cycling". The inquiry will examine the barriers which are preventing more people from cycling in the UK. Cycling makes up 2% of all journeys, compared to 27% in the Netherlands and 18% in...


07 NOV 2012

MP backs strong US trade deal in exchange with Clegg

Local MP Steve Brine called for a strengthening of the UK's economic bonds with the United States in Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday 7th November. As the House congratulated President Obama on his re-election, the Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP echoed the comments of the Deputy Prime M...


04 NOV 2012

Note to Self enters Film the House

A Chandler's Ford student is hoping to build a career in film production after having entered Film the House, a Parliamentary competition for aspiring producers. Isaac House created Note to Self earlier this year, a ten-minute film about a boy who decides to leave home. Although he just missed out ...


25 OCT 2012

Popcorn goes to Westminster

Steve Brine and his 9 year old Labrador, Popcorn, battled it out alongside MPs from all over the UK in a bid to win the coveted title of 'Westminster Dog of the Year 2012' on Thursday 25th October. Retrievers will be raring to race, Greyhounds will be going for gold and Labradors will be limbering ...


25 OCT 2012

Do you have views about onshore wind?

Steve Brine is encouraging local residents to let the Government know their views on onshore wind farms. The Department of Energy and Climate Change are undertaking a 'Call for Evidence' to examine how communities can have more of a say over hosting wind farms in their communities in a consultation...


24 OCT 2012

Steve attends CSPA anniversary

Steve Brine joined members of the Civil Service Pensioners' Alliance on Tuesday 23rd October as the group celebrated their 60th anniversary. Hosted by Michael McCann MP with guests Steve Webb MP and Rachel Reeves MP, the Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP joined guests in the Strangers' Dining Roo...


23 OCT 2012

MPs push for foreign lorry charging

Steve Brine has joined MPs pushing for foreign lorries to be charged a daily rate for using British roads. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has long campaigned for the move, which would help struggling UK hauliers who have to pay large tolls when they drive in Europe. Under the proposals, a...


19 OCT 2012

Steve speaks in historic Park Homes debate

Steve Brine spoke passionately in support of the rights of Park Home owners as a historic Bill reached Second Reading stage in the Commons on Friday 19th October. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, who is a vice-chairman of the All Party Park Homes Group in Parliament, has long championed Par...


18 OCT 2012

MP seeks to tackle human trafficking and prostitution

Steve Brine is calling for a greater examination of the UK's prostitution laws, raising concerns that not enough is being done to protect vulnerable women, as Thursday 18th October is the fourth European Anti-Trafficking Day. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has written to his colleagues on ...


17 OCT 2012

A visit to Radio 1

Steve Brine visited BBC Radio 1 at Great Portland Street, London, on Wednesday 17th October, to take a look around and meet the team. He also learnt more about the BBC's corporate charity events, including Hackney Weekend,where Radio 1 and BBC Learning celebrated the area's young people with the Ra...


16 OCT 2012

MP warmly welcomes McKinnon ruling

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed news that Gary McKinnon will not be extradited to the United States, following an announcement in the House of Commons from Home Secretary Theresa May. Addressing the Chamber on Tuesday 16th October, the Home Secretary made clear that Mr McKinnon, who is accused of c...


16 OCT 2012

Groundbreaking local programme makes it to Parliament

The Wessex Dance Academy is a 12-week programme for vulnerable young people aged 14-18 across Hampshire who have offended or are on release from custody. The scheme will be working with the Troubled Families Programme at Hampshire County Council also plans to target other young people such as t...


12 OCT 2012

Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Steve Brine is backing Breast Cancer Care on the eve of Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day, on Saturday 13th October. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, who is co-chair of the All Party Breast Cancer Group, has also joined in a 'twobby', a Twitter lobby of Parliament, to help raise awarene...


01 OCT 2012

Steve Brine backs Cities Fit for Cycling letter to PM

Steve Brine has co-signed a letter calling on David Cameron to take personal leadership in promoting the measures needed to stop cyclists dying on British streets. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, a keen cyclist, is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, which has been worki...


21 SEP 2012

MP welcomes next stage of Park Homes Bill

Steve Brine is keenly anticipating the Second Reading of the Park Homes Bill, due to take place in the House of Commons on Friday 19th October. As a vice-chairman of the All Party Park Homes Group in Parliament, Steve has long championed the rights of those who live on Park Homes sites. He said: "T...


12 SEP 2012

U3A visits Westminster

Steve Brine met with local members of The University of The Third Age (U3A) as they took in a tour of the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 12th September. The Questors group, led by Penny Goater, learnt about the history of the palace and its various buildings, as well as special Parliamentary tra...


11 SEP 2012

MP emphasises importance of low interest rates for working families

Steve Brine spoke in the House of Commons on Tuesday 11th September, to stress to George Osborne the importance of a low interest rate for working families across Winchester & Chandler's Ford. During Treasury Questions, the MP asked the Chancellor what plans he had to maintain low market intere...


06 SEP 2012

MP calls on Government to stand behind Post Offices

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine told the House of Commons on Thursday 6th September that the Government needs to stand behind Post Office branches in his constituency or push some of them out of business. He said the pending decision about the future of the DVLA contract, which allo...


06 SEP 2012

MP praises University record on graduate employment

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine raised the issue of graduate employment in the House of Commons on Thursday 6th September, and praised the record of the University of Winchester. Speaking in questions to the Business Department, Mr Brine asked Higher Education Minister David Willett...


10 AUG 2012

An update on the Arms Trade Treaty

Steve Brine has welcomed an update following the Diplomatic Conference in New York on an Arms Trade Treaty which was held this summer. Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said: "The illegal, or simply poorly regulated, trade in arms costs lives and blights futures. More than 740,000 men, women, a...


30 JUL 2012

Popcorn looks for a decisive victory

Popcorn, the 9 year old Labrador belonging to local MP Steve Brine, will be hoping for a decisive Conservative victory when he enters the 20th Westminster Dog of the Year competition on Thursday 25th October in Westminster. The competition, which is organised jointly by Dogs Trust and the Kenn...


27 JUL 2012

JSC findings on Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act is generally working well and its scope should not be diminished, although some concerns raised about its operation need to be addressed, according to MPs on the Justice Select Committee who have scrutinised the effectiveness of the legislation. Sir Alan Beith MP, Cha...


19 JUL 2012

An Electric Spine for rail network

Steve Brine has welcomed news that an 'electric spine' will provide support for economic growth as part of the Government's investment in the rail network. Announced on Monday 16th July, the High Level Output Specification (HLOS) defines the railway that the Government wishes to see by 2019. It has...


13 JUL 2012

Minister backs Ovarian Cancer group

Steve Brine has welcomed support from a Government Minister towards the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ovarian Cancer on the occasion of their Annual General Meeting. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP is a member of the group, which works closely with Target Ovarian Cancer, and has been clo...


13 JUL 2012

On The Right Course

The Association of Colleges publication launched at the House of Commons recently provided an opportunity for Sparsholt College Fishery staff to meet John Hayes, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning alonsdie their local MP, Steve Brine. The new publication focused o...


12 JUL 2012

Social care revolution will help the most vulnerable

Steve Brine has welcomed news that the Government has announced the biggest overhaul of social care since the creation of the NHS. The new measures will mean that nobody will have to sell their home in their lifetime to pay for social care, and £200 million will be invested to create speciali...


11 JUL 2012

Launch of new Autism Report

Steve Brine hosted the launch of a new report into reform of the Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities system in Parliament on Wednesday 11th July. The report was published by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Autism, and Steve was re-elected the previous day as Vice-Chair. The...


11 JUL 2012

Lords reform- MP speaks out against 'bad Bill'

Steve Brine has spoken out in the Commons in the second reading debate of the House of Lords Reform Bill. The debate has been leading the news agenda since the weekend, and the Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP had to cancel a number of constituency and Parliamentary engagements in order to atten...


10 JUL 2012

Steve Brine welcomes radical new plans to speed up the adoption system

Steve Brine has today welcomed bold new Government plans to speed up the adoption system with a 'foster-first' policy for couples who are approved to adopt but who can still face long waits for paperwork to be completed. The announcement is designed to reduce radically the times it takes for a baby...


10 JUL 2012

MP re-elected as Breast Cancer co-chair

Steve Brine was re-elected as co-chair of the All-Party Group for Breast Cancer on Tuesday 10th July in the House of Commons. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has held the role since just after he arrived in the House following his General Election victory in 2010, and will continue to co-ch...


05 JUL 2012

Hampshire protected in Army 2020 announcement

The 1st Battalion, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, has been protected following defence cuts as the MOD seeks to create a balanced, capable and adaptable force for the future. In plans known as Army 2020, which involves the regular Army being cut from 102,000 to 82,000 while the Territorial Arm...


03 JUL 2012

Tackling reoffending by young offenders

Steve Brine spoke in the Commons on Tuesday 3rd July to raise the issue of reoffending rates of young offenders. Speaking in Justice Questions, he asked: "What recent steps has he taken to reduce reoffending by young offenders?" Crispin Blunt, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice, sa...


29 JUN 2012

MP backs stronger local support for Armed Forces community

Steve Brine recently attended an event at the House of Commons to promote the creation of Community Covenants across the United Kingdom. Organised by The Royal British Legion, the event highlighted the importance of local communities getting behind the Armed Forces community in their own area and h...


29 JUN 2012

Welcome for West Africa disaster funding

Steve Brine has joined Oxfam in welcoming news that the UK is set to meet its 'fair share' in providing aid to the vulnerable Sahel region of Western and Central Africa. The area has been disastrously affected by drought and poor harvests, and now, with the crisis deepening, more than 18 million pe...


27 JUN 2012

St Swithun's pupils attend Global Student Forum

Steve Brine met with pupils from St Swithun's School in Westminster after they attended Global Student Forum 2012. They met in the House following Steve's support in meeting with the girls to discuss their work last year, and he was more than happy to work a slot into his packed schedule to meet wi...


27 JUN 2012

MP supports National Microchipping Month

Steve Brine met up with the Kennel Club and the Microchipping Alliance on Tuesday 26th June 2012 to promote the benefits of compulsory microchipping and the importance of keeping database details updated as part of National Microchipping Month 2012, which takes place throughout June. National Micro...


26 JUN 2012

New overseas aid logo carries Union Flag

Steve Brine has welcomed news that a new British aid logo featuring the Union Flag is to be used on items such as water pumps, buildings and packets of grain. The fresh logo, which states ''UK aid from the British people'', will help British taxpayers take the credit for overseas assistance program...


26 JUN 2012

MP raises flexibility of benefit following Mencap meeting

Steve Brine raised the subject of some of the flexibility of incapacity benefit in the Commons on Monday 25th June, following his meeting with Winchester Mencap the previous Friday. Steve met with the charity following the launch of the Safer Places scheme and as well as writing to the Departm...


22 JUN 2012

Good news on small charitable donations

Steve Brine has welcomed the introduction of a Government Bill enabling charities and community sports clubs to claim Gift Aid style payments on cash donations. The Small Charitable Donations Bill, which will legislate for the scheme, will commence in April 2013, and allow the charities to claim t...


21 JUN 2012

Interest Rate Swap mis-selling scandal debated in Commons 

A cross-party group of MPs brought a special debate on the issue of the potential mis-selling of complex interest rate swap products by high street banks to small businesses to Parliament on Thursday 21st June. Conservative MP Guto Bebb initially raised the issue in Parliament back in January, call...


21 JUN 2012

Meeting the Dalai Lama

Steve Brine met the Dalai Lama on Wednesday 20th June as renowned figure addressed MPs on a host of world and international development issues. Taking place shortly after PMQs, MPs had the chance to listen to his thoughts and also engage in a question & answer session with the Tibetan icon. Sp...


21 JUN 2012

MP backs Bill to criminalise social tenancy fraud

Steve Brine, MP for Winchester and Chandler's Ford, has given his backing to Richard Harrington, MP for Watford's Private Members Bill that will prevent Social Tenancy Fraud and help free up thousands of social housing properties across the country. Mr Harrington' s 'Prevention of Social Housing Fr...


13 JUN 2012

MP supports call to stop attacks on guide dogs

Local MP Steve Brine is supporting Guide Dogs' call to halt the increasing problem of attacks on working dogs. The Winchester MP was amongst the 150 members of parliament that backed the charity's call at a recent event in the House of Commons. New figures released on Monday, 11 June, showed attac...


13 JUN 2012

New school campaign hits PMQs

Steve Brine raised his new primary school campaign to a national level on Wednesday 13th June as he questioned David Cameron on the issue in Prime Minister's Questions. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has been spearheading the campaign, which has been gathering momentum across the city, wh...


12 JUN 2012

Defibrillators in Schools- The Big Shock Campaign

Steve Brine joined the Cardiac Charity SADS (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome) in the House of Commons on Tuesday 12th June to learn more about having Defibrillators and training in schools to save lives. SADS UK is keen that all schools should benefit from having lifesaving defibrillators on their...


12 JUN 2012

Breast screening- making digital happen

Steve Brine spoke in Health Questions on Tuesday 12th June, and pressed the Minister on digital breast screening. Speaking on the floor of the House of Commons, Steve asked about the progress that has been made in the move to fully digital breast screening and if the Minister would make a statement...


12 JUN 2012

Steve joins the annual Parliamentary Bike Ride

Steve Brine joined the 2012 Parliamentary Bike Ride through London on the morning of Tuesday 12th June. A keen cyclist, Steve has been Vice Chair of the influential All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group since entering the House in 2010, and last year, in the corresponding event, cycled with Ol...


23 MAY 2012

Launch of English UK report

Local MP Steve Brine attended the English UK reception at the House of Commons on Wednesday 23rd May, as the organisation launched their report on International students and net migration in the UK. English UK is the world's leading language teaching association, with more than 450 accredited centr...


22 MAY 2012

MP welcomes economic news

Steve Brine has welcomed an article bringing some good economic news, written by Chancellor George Osborne for the London Evening Standard. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP said: "As the Chancellor himself says, while we have some good news of late, the crisis across in Europe has not gone a...


22 MAY 2012

MP joins call for evidence on speech difficulty

Steve Brine has joined Parliamentary colleagues in calling for evidence to consider the policy implications of the links between speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and social disadvantage. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP is an active member of the All Party Parliamentary Group ...


21 MAY 2012

Promoting British Farming

Steve Brine attended the Parliamentary launch of a National Farmers Union campaign promoting British farming on Monday 21st May. The campaign, which also has the backing of Fast Show comedian Simon Day, aims to outline how farming contributes to modern Britain, from jobs and the economy to the envi...


19 MAY 2012

Park Homes MPs meet with Minister

Steve Brine and colleagues from the All-Party Park Homes Group met with a Government Minister as he presented his consultation earlier this month. Grant Shapps, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, also took a range of questions from the cross-party group of MPs, which also includes Annette ...


17 MAY 2012

A balanced budget for Defence

Steve Brine has welcomed news that the Defence Budget is in balance for the first time in a generation, as announced to Parliament by Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond MP. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP represents a strong Defence tradition across the area, with a large number...


10 MAY 2012

Learning more about the Tower of London

Steve Brine joined a cross-party group of MPs who experienced a tour of the Tower of London following the Queen's Speech on Wednesday 9th May. The group, who took the visit in their own time, toured the tower, taking in Traitors Gate, the prison where Thomas Beckett was held, and saw the crown jewe...


09 MAY 2012

MP welcomes Queen's Speech 2012

Local MP Steve Brine has welcomed the Queen's Speech which he said reflects the values of his party and builds on its achievements over the past two years in Government. The Queen's Speech sets out the Government's programme for the next session of Parliament containing outline details of the Bills...


20 APR 2012

MP speaks out over Abu Qutada saga

Steve Brine spoke out in the House of Commons during a debate over the long-running issue of deporting the extremist cleric Abu Qutada, on Tuesday 17th April. Following a statement from the Home Secretary Theresa May, in which she announced that the deportation of Abu Qutada to Jordan could finally...


05 APR 2012

National Careers Service launched

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine welcomed the launch of the National Careers Service (NCS) on 5th April 2012.The NCS will offer independent and impartial information and advice on learning and work, combining face to face local advice with a new fully interactive website providing fo...


28 MAR 2012

MP speaks in landmark Assisted Suicide debate

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine spoke passionately in a debate on assisted suicide, held in the House of Commons on Tuesday 27th March. The MP spoke in favour of a motion, tabled by Conservative Richard Ottaway, backing guidance issued in 2010 by the Director of Public Prosecutions ...


27 MAR 2012

NPPF unveiled in Parliament

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was unveiled in the House of Commons by Greg Clark, Minister for Decentralisation and Planning, on Tuesday 27th March. The Draft NPPF was launched last summer, and Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine was quick to speak out against some of th...


21 MAR 2012

Local MP welcomes radical Budget

Winchester MP Steve Brine says he is 'delighted' at many of the measures announced by George Osborne in today's Budget. Mr Brine singled out the largest ever increase in the personal tax allowance (to £8,105 from April 1st 2012 and £9,205 from April 2013) for praise which he said was lo...


15 MAR 2012

Pressing the importance of our countryside

Local MP Steve Brine has joined forces with more than 50 others MPs cross-party to press the Government for important protections in the final National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The draft NPPF is a key part of Government reforms to make the planning system less complex and more accessible, ...


14 MAR 2012

MP backs free access to Parliament

Steve Brine will be speaking out in the Commons on Thursday 15th March against moves to charge members of the public for tour of Big Ben. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP is firmly behind the principle that while Parliament needs to make financial savings, the House of Common's is a people's...


14 MAR 2012

Local MP leads Commons debate on aspiring homeowners

Steve Brine led a Westminster Hall debate on Wednesday 14th March to discuss the problems first-time buyers face getting on the property ladder. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP arranged the debate (held on Wednesday 14th March) as the Minister for Housing announced two key proposals to real...


06 MAR 2012

Danger of legal highs and club drugs

The lethal risks to young people of legal highs and so-called 'club drugs' were highlighted in brutal fashion at an event in the House of Commons today (5 March 2012). Mitch Winehouse (father of the late Amy Winehouse who died last year) joined hundreds of guests, celebrities and MPs at a reception...


06 MAR 2012

MP backs Which? The Big Switch

Steve Brine joined a number of MPs on Monday 5th March to find out more about The Big Switch, a new initiative to help people cut their energy bills. Steve and fellow MPs found out more about how their constituents could benefit from The Big Switch, as the use a completely new way for people t...


06 MAR 2012

MP calls for action on deadliest cancer

Steve Brine wants to ensure that needless deaths from ovarian cancer are halted by urgent Government action after new research shows consistently woeful symptoms awareness amongst women. As a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ovarian Cancer, the Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has ...


01 MAR 2012

Start of Autism group inquiry into SEN reform

Local MP Steve Brine will be part of an inquiry into Special Educational Needs (SEN) reform in Parliament, which begins this week. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, who is vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Autism, will be on the panel for two oral evidence sessions which wil...


29 FEB 2012

Steve Brine MP stands shoulder to shoulder with all who Serve

Steve Brine, MP for Winchester & Chandler's Ford, has been thanked by The Royal British Legion for taking learn about its welfare support for the whole Armed Forces family. Steve attended an event at the House of Commons on Wednesday 29th February, organized by The Royal British Legion, to highl...


27 FEB 2012

MP presses Osborne for new tax threshold

Local MP Steve Brine is calling for the personal tax limit to be raised to £10,000 as the coalition approaches Budget Day, on Wednesday 21st March. Steve said: "I really feel that raising the tax limit for those who earn the very least is not only fair and just, but also a crucial way to gene...


23 FEB 2012

MP speaks in safer cycling debate

Steve Brine spoke passionately in the Westminster Hall debate on cycling on Thursday 23rd February, and called for action on the problems facing cyclists at Junction 9 M3/A34. The Winchester arm of the CTC, the national cyclists' organisation praised the support and involvement of Steve Brine, at t...


22 FEB 2012

MP in call for law change to help families of missing people

New legislation is needed to make it easier for families to resolve the affairs of missing people, according to a new report by the Justice Select Committee. The Committee, which includes Steve Brine, MP for Winchester & Chandler's Ford, want the Ministry of Justice to introduce legislation bas...


13 FEB 2012

Local MP 'saddened' by prayers ruling

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine says he is 'bemused and saddened' by a court ruling that bans prayers before council meetings. Mr Brine said he fully expected the campaign, waged by the National Secular Society on behalf of a Liberal Democrat councillor from Devon, to turn its sight...


07 FEB 2012

MP pushes message on illegal workers

Steve Brine spoke in the House of Commons on Monday 7th February to ask Immigration Minister Damian Green about new enforcement measures to tackle illegal working. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP also described work local UK Border Agency enforcement officers recently carried out, and said ...


06 FEB 2012

Steve Brine MP welcomes Government funding for more local homes

Steve Brine has welcomed Government funding to build more affordable homes in Winchester. Through the New Homes Bonus, Winchester City Council has been granted £1,139,689 this year to build much-needed housing in the local area. The New Homes Bonus is a multi-billion pound programme that rewa...


03 FEB 2012

Welcome for MOT decision

Steve Brine has welcomed a Government announcement that proposals to reduce the testing frequency of MOTs have been dropped. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP joined groups such as the AA, British Cycling and Road Safety GB in backing the decision to retain current arrangements. Confirming t...


31 JAN 2012

Youth Budget 2012

Young people in Winchester have been given the Chance to be Chancellor and share their opinions on the Youth Budget 2012. Winchester MP Steve Brine is supporting the launch of Chance to be Chancellor 2012 and is calling on schools and young people in Winchester to take up the challenge to learn abo...


26 JAN 2012

MP calls for age limits on DVDs

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine is calling on the Government to change the law on age certification for thousands of DVDs. Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine is calling on the Government to change the law on age certification for thousands of DVDs. Current rules, drawn...


24 JAN 2012

The Business in You

Steve Brine has spoken of his excitement after the Prime Minister announced a new campaign to help small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, who had outlined initial plans to a recent Chamber of Commerce business breakfast held in Winchester in mid-January, ...


21 JAN 2012

Steve Brine supports charity calls for urgent action to prevent babies' deaths

Steve Brine attended a parliamentary reception in the House of Commons on Thursday 19th January, organised by Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, as they launched their new report, Preventing Babies' Deaths: what needs to be done. 6,500 babies are stillborn or die shortly after birth ...


20 JAN 2012

MP 'frustrated' over Daylight Saving Bill

Steve Brine has spoken of his disappointment after a Bill introduced to bring more light into our lives stalled in the Commons on Friday 20th January. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP had rearranged a packed local diary in order to attend the next Commons stage of Conservative MP Rebecca Har...


18 JAN 2012

MPs join forces to fight for Southampton Port

MPs from across the local area came together today (Weds 18 January) to fight for the future of the Port of Southampton. A major infrastructure project to upgrade container ship berths - which would create 200 jobs and safeguard 2,000 more - has been caught in red tape and held up by a legal challe...


17 JAN 2012

MP promotes trade as the 'cutting edge' to UK diplomacy

Steve Brine urged the Government to show great ambition in future trade with the emerging economies. Speaking at Foreign Office questions in the Commons on Tuesday 17 January he criticised what he called the 'blinkered' approach to trading purely within the EU which he said was dated and 'painfully...


16 JAN 2012

Big Energy Week- helping to cut fuel bills

Steve Brine is supporting Big Energy Week, as rising fuel bills are stretching household finances and people are looking for ways to save money on their energy bills. Citizens Advice is running Big Energy Week from today until Saturday 21st, and has received support from Winchester & Chandler's...


12 JAN 2012

MP raises breast cancer patients in implants debate

Steve Brine urged the government to recognise that 'speed is of the essence' in helping women who had reconstructive breast surgery after battling cancer, as Health Secretary Andrew Lansley addressed the Commons on Wednesday 11th January. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, who co-chairs the a...


20 DEC 2011

Innovation and Research Strategy for Growth

Steve Brine has welcomed the launch of a new strategy setting out the Government's plans to boost economic growth through smarter investment in research, innovation and commercialisation. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP said: "The UK has an excellent research base, innovative small business...


13 DEC 2011

Steve Brine welcomes Government consultation on criminalising Forced Marriage

Steve Brine has welcomed the launching of a Government consultation on the criminalisation of forced marriage. This follows the announcement on 10 October 2011 by David Cameron that the Government would criminalise the breach of Forced Marriage Prevention Orders. These orders block forced marriages...


13 DEC 2011

MP backs PM on Europe

Steve Brine has backed the Prime Minister in the wake of last week's European Summit. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has been inundated with messages from his constituents ever since David Cameron vetoed plans for a new European treaty after British safeguards were not able to be guarantee...


08 DEC 2011

Water for Life- Planning for our future

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed the publication of the government's outline plans for our water, which was announced on Thursday 8th December. The paper, launched by Defra Minister Caroline Spelman MP, recognises new scenarios of water availability by the 2050s, and sets out reforms to the water an...


08 DEC 2011

MP signs Telegraph letter on EU negotiations

Steve Brine joined a number of colleagues in writing a letter to the Daily Telegraph urging David Cameron to defend the City of London against EU measures that threaten the economy. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP joined 29 MPs and Lords imploring the Government to 'fight our corner' as Eur...


01 DEC 2011

Britain to provide contraception to save lives

Steve Brine has warmly welcomed news that Britain will save the lives of thousands of women in the developing world by providing urgently needed contraceptive supplies. Britain's support with these contraceptives will prevent more than 2 million unintended pregnancies and avert nearly 220,000 unsaf...


30 NOV 2011

Update on Ovarian Cancer All-Party Group

A number of MPs from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ovarian Cancer met Care Services Minister Paul Burstow on the 29th November. The delegation urged the Minister to include ovarian cancer in the Government's work on increasing awareness of cancer symptoms at the earliest opportunity. France...


29 NOV 2011

Steve Brine elected to Justice Select Committee

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has been elected to a powerful House of Commons committee. Mr Brine will now serve on the Justice Select Committee following an election among MPs, held on Tuesday 29 November 2011. The committee, which is chaired by experienced MP Sir Alan Beith, ex...


29 NOV 2011

MP welcomes Autumn Statement

Steve Brine has welcomed the Autumn Statement, given by Chancellor George Osborne in the House of Commons on Tuesday 29th November. In his speech, the Chancellor set out details of further action the Government is taking to protect the UK from global instability and the Eurozone crisis, building a ...


29 NOV 2011

Meeting U3A in Westminster

Steve Brine met local members of The University of the Third Age in Westminster on Tuesday 29th November. The group of twelve took in a guided tour of the House, which was particularly busy in the run-up to George Osborne's Autumn Statement due in the afternoon. Steve said: "I love the idea of U3A...


29 NOV 2011

Itchen Abbas Primary School visit Westminster

Youngsters from Itchen Abbas Primary School took a trip to the House of Commons on Monday 28th November. They were hosted by their MP, Steve Brine, who met up with them in Portcullis House after they had taken a tour of the historic palace with Headteacher Andrew Robson. Steve, who took a Q & ...


24 NOV 2011

Sex and relationship education in Primary Schools

Steve Brine attended a meeting held to discuss the future of sex and relationship education (SRE) on Primary Schools, held in the Commons on Thursday 24th November. The meeting was addressed by a range of speakers, including Angela Tully from the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC)...


24 NOV 2011

Challenging MPs who cross the floor

Steve Brine supported a Ten-Minute Rule Bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday 23rd November calling for MPs who cross the floor to resign and face a by-election. The Bill, called by Conservative MP Chris Skidmore, would mean that if an MP decided to switch their party political affiliation an a...


16 NOV 2011

The Fair Fuel Campaign

Steve Brine joined a packed debate in the House of Commons to discuss the price of fuel on Tuesday 15th November. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was representing vast numbers of constituents who had got in touch with him over the proposed 3p rise in fuel duty due in January. Steve Brine w...


15 NOV 2011

Backing Bliss

Steve Brine MP met parents and Bliss staff at the special care baby charity's parliamentary event on Wednesday 9 November, where it launched its SOS campaign (Save our special care babies, Save our specialist nurses) and report on cuts to frontline care for babies born too soon, too small and too si...


09 NOV 2011

Steve Brine supports future funding of Citizens Advice service

On Wednesday 9 November, Steve Brine pledged his support for the future of funding for the Citizens Advice service at an event held at Parliament to re-launch the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Citizens Advice, hosted by the Group's new Chair, Stephen Lloyd MP. He was one of 50 MPs who signed the ...


08 NOV 2011

Backing KeepOut in the Commons

Steve Brine highlighted the charity KeepOut in Justice Questions on Tuesday 8th November, as he urged the Government to take an even closer look at the crime diversion scheme. KeepOut is the first ever crime diversion scheme to be delivered by dedicated teams of serving prisoners, managed by civili...


02 NOV 2011

First meeting of the All Party Group for Civic Societies

Steve Brine was one of a large number of MPs who attended the first meeting of the All-Party Group for Civic Societies on 1st November. Created by Laura Sandys MP, the group will share the experiences and work of civic societies across the country and has over 40 members from across the party spect...


01 NOV 2011

WINOL interview Steve Brine at Westminster

Steve Brine met up with Winchester News Online (WINOL) in Westminster on Tuesday 1st November to record an interview about last week's EU referendum debate. WINOL is run by journalism students at the University of Winchester, and as a former broadcaster Steve has always been keen to engage with stu...


31 OCT 2011

Steve Brine meets business leaders for franchise focus at Parliament

Steve Brine joined fellow MPs meeting with franchising industry leaders at the Houses of Parliament on 31st October to discuss the economic impact of franchising through sustainable business growth, new business start-up and job creation. The media and government have long recognised that ethical f...


31 OCT 2011

Parliament welcomes home 3 Commando

Steve Brine joined a large number of Parliamentary colleagues in welcoming 3 Commando Brigade back to Britain as they marched into Westminster Hall on Monday 31st October. 3 Commando Brigade paraded through the streets of central London following their return from operations in Afghanistan and 120 ...


26 OCT 2011

MPs back Meningitis Trust as true impact of disease is revealed

Steve Brine joined Parliamentary colleagues in supporting the Meningitis Trust on Wednesday 26th October as a new campaign was launched to combat the disease. The Meningitis Trust is the oldest and largest meningitis organisation in the world, leading the way on getting support for people affected ...


25 OCT 2011

Meeting Reserve Forces and Cadets in Parliament

Steve Brine joined Reserves and Cadets from the Armed Forces in Parliament on Tuesday 25th October as they took the opportunity to chat to their MPs. The South East's Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association covers the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshi...


25 OCT 2011

MP backs calls for EU referendum

Steve Brine joined a number of Conservative colleagues, and a handful of Labour MPs, in supporting a Parliamentary motion calling for a referendum on Britain's relationship with the European Union. Held on the evening of Monday 24th October, the motion, called by Conservative MP David Nuttall, led ...


24 OCT 2011

Steve Brine backs motion tackling youth knife crime

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine is backing an amendment to a Bill which seeks to ensure anyone over the age of 15 convicted of threatening with a knife will be given a mandatory custodial sentence. The amendment, on the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, was tab...


20 OCT 2011

Local MP speaks in key planning reforms debate

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine spoke in the House of Commons this afternoon (Thursday 20 October 2011) in a general debate on the coalition Government's controversial planning reforms. He spoke passionately about how much planning and development matters to the people of Winchester...


18 OCT 2011

Update on septic tank worry for local rural residents

Steve Brine has raised the issue of septic tank registration in the House of Commons, as worried residents continue to worry about their legal position with DEFRA and the Environment Agency. Press reports early in the summer suggested that registration for septic tanks were soon to become compulsor...


18 OCT 2011

Local M3 Enterprise Partnership meets in Westminster

Steve Brine recently met with Hampshire MPs as representatives of businesses of all sizes, the armed forces, councils and the voluntary and education sectors are set to work together to boost the local economy. After the appointment of a high profile and experienced line-up for the board of Enterpr...


17 OCT 2011

Steve Brine pledges support for national autism campaign

Steve Brine attended the launch of Ambitious about Autism's new campaign in Westminster on Monday 17th October. Titled 'Finished at School: Where next for young people with autism?' the campaign calls for:   A clear legal right to educational support up to the age of 25 for young disabled pe...


14 OCT 2011

Steve Brine hears Breast Cancer Voices on Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Steve Brine attended a Westminster reception on Thursday 13th October to mark the UK's second Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day and hear the concerns and experiences of women living with secondary breast cancer. Minister of State for Care Services, Paul Burstow MP, and Co-Chair of the All Party...


13 OCT 2011

Talking asylum with SWVG

Steve Brine hosted the Southampton & Winchester Visitors Group (SWVG) in London on Monday 13th October 2011, as they met with Border Agency officials and the Ministry of Justice to discuss the many issues around asylum seekers. SWVG, represented by Angela Sealey and John Mellor, is a small regi...


13 OCT 2011

Steve Brine MP backs LTA's allplay campaign

Steve Brine MP joined forces with Greg Rusedski, the former British number 1, to back the Lawn Tennis Association's (LTA) allplay campaign to help more people play tennis at the House of Commons on Monday 13th October. Launched this Summer, allplay helps people of all abilities, from those who have...


13 OCT 2011

Steve Brine MP calls on Government to end 'this silent national scandal'

Speaking in a Westminster Hall debate on ovarian cancer on Wednesday 12th October, Winchester MP Steve Brine called on the Care Services Minister to act now to improve awareness of symptoms amongst women. He highlighted just how few women are aware of the most commonly experienced symptom of ovaria...


12 OCT 2011

Peter Symonds' students hit Westminster

Steve Brine welcomed two members of the Peter Symonds' Student Union to Westminster on Wednesday 12th October. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP welcomed Will Jackson and his fellow student Kathy Williams to the House, as they were able to take in the special atmosphere of the Commons and hav...


12 OCT 2011

Park Home Owners Rally

Steve Brine joined Parliamentary colleagues as around 200 Park Home owners from across the country attended a rally in the House of Commons on Wednesday 12th October. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, who is a member of the All-Party Justice for Park Home Owners Group, met dozens of park res...


11 OCT 2011

New group created on Education for Services children

Following a visit to Harestock Primary School on Monday 10th October, Steve Brine raised the issues surrounding the education of children whose parents are in the Armed Forces in the Commons later that day. As part of Red, White and Blue Day, which itself is part of a series of events mar...


15 SEP 2011

MP joins Conservative colleagues examining coach concession changes

Local MP Steve Brine has joined colleagues scrutinising the changes to the concessionary coach travel scheme, as a number of constituents have approached him with their concerns. While the scheme is not a Government funded scheme to provide concessionary coach travel to the over 60s in a similar wa...


13 SEP 2011

Supporting the Motor Insurance Regulation Bill

Steve Brine is backing a Ten Minute Rule Bill proposed by Jack Straw MP which seeks to deal with a variety of issues surrounding motor insurance. The Bill, will seek to reform the regulation and operation of the market in motor insurance and specifically, to ban the payment of referral fees. It wi...


13 SEP 2011

The Haven- Breast Cancer Support Centre

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine visited The Haven on the morning of Tuesday 13th September, to look at the care and support they offer to those with breast cancer. The Haven, which is near Fulham Broadway tube station in London, providesa wide range of therapies free of charge to su...


09 SEP 2011

Gareth Gates on communication difficulty

Gareth Gates met Steve Brine at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 7th September to talk about the devastating effect that a communication difficulty has on the individual, their lives and the wider society. The singer and West End star shared his personal experiences of living with a stammer as...


08 SEP 2011

Promoting Southampton & Winchester TV

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine spoke in the Commons on Thursday 8th September to draw attention to a bid for local TV centring around the University of Winchester. In a question to the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt MP, Steve asked what progr...


07 SEP 2011

MPs debate abortion counselling amendments

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine was in the House of Commons (7 September 2011) as MPs debated controversial amendments to the Healthy & Social Care Bill. Conservative MP Nadine Dorries put forward amendments to the Bill which sought to require GPs to make provision for 'independ...


09 AUG 2011

Tougher curfews to keep streets safer

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has welcomed Government proposals for tougher community sentences that will see offenders forced to spend longer in their homes, keeping the streets safer. Extending the maximum daily curfew time from 12 to 16 hours, and the period for which they can ...


19 JUL 2011

MP welcomes school places announcement

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has welcomed news that the government is to provide £500m towards new school places in England's areas of greatest need. In a statement to MPs on Tuesday 19th July, the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove announced that the funds woul...


13 JUL 2011

Update on BskyB News Corp from Steve Brine MP

Speaking ahead of today's Parliamentary motion, Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, Steve Brine, provides an update on his perspective. "Like most other people in the country I have watched the events of the past week and a half with a sense of anger, shock and amazement. What some (and I stress s...


07 JUL 2011

Snap and run with Worthy Down

Steve (very!) briefly met with military and civilian staff from Worthy Down on Thursday 7th July as they dashed into Parliament on a team building exercise. Five teams raced across the capital collecting information and pictures, and the team led by Lt Col Amanda Hassell won the event after a day w...


04 JUL 2011

MP welcomes new rules on travelling abroad with pets

Steve Brine has welcomed news that it will become cheaper and easier to travel abroad with pets as new rules are introduced at the start of next year. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP said: "I am very pleased to hear that the UK will harmonise its pet movement rules with the rest of the EU f...


28 JUN 2011

Meeting St Swithun's pupils at Global Student Forum

Steve Brine recently met up with a group of girls from St Swithun's School, as they attended the Global Student Forum up in Westminster on Tuesday 28th June. The subject of the forum, which was attended by Sixth-Formers from across the country, was the extent of maternal death in the developing wor...


27 JUN 2011

Steve hosts Autism 'Great Expectations' event in Commons

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine hosted 'Great Expectations', a National Autistic Society campaign backed by Jane Asher, in the House of Commons on Monday 27th June. The Government's education reforms present what campaigners have described as a 'chance of a lifetime' to shape the fu...


24 JUN 2011

Steve Brine 'crystal clear' as Have a Heart motion is passed in Commons

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine spoke in the Commons debate he helped organise as the Have a Heart campaign took another step forward. Following the delivery of a petition to Downing Street the previous day, local MPs of all colours united in speaking up to save children's heart sur...


23 JUN 2011

Local MP backs ban on wild animals in circuses

Steve Brine voted on a cross-party motion that will ban the use of all wild animals in circuses on a very busy Thursday 23rd June. In the middle of a packed schedule in the Commons, as Steve continued fighting for local children's heart surgery, the Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was delighted...


23 JUN 2011

Downing Street, Have a Heart: 232k-signature petition delivered

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine joined local campaigners from across the south in delivering a whopping petition to David Cameron. On a very wet Wednesday 22nd June, and led by youngsters Aaron Porter and Oliver Diaper, they wheeled 232,733 signatures asking the PM to step in to sav...


22 JUN 2011

MP welcomes 'greatly exceeded' ambition on apprenticeships

Steve has warmly welcomed an announcement that the government's ambition to deliver 50,000 adult apprenticeships has been more than doubled. There were over 326,000 new starts in the first 9 months of the 2010-2011 academic year, which is 114,000 more than their target. John Hayes, Minister of Stat...


22 JUN 2011

Launch of the Sikh Council UK

Steve Brine joined with colleague Paul Uppall MP in the Commons on Wednesday 22nd June for the launch of Sikh Council UK. The new organisation is an accord of UK-based Gurdwaras, Sikh institutions and organisations. Designed for the 21st century, it holds close a central ethos of accountability, tr...


21 JUN 2011

Steve backs founding of British Inspiration Trust

Steve Brine is backing a new centre of inspiration designed to help young people facing adversity, set up by Phil Packer, who was injured serving in the Armed Forces. BRIT will create a social investment legacy, build a centre of inspiration and reignite self-belief in Young People Facing Adversity...


16 JUN 2011

Steve secures Commons debate on children's heart surgery

Steve Brine has secured a three-hour debate in the House of Commons to discuss the future of children's heart surgery. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP was part of a cross-party group of MPs who successfully appealed to the new Backbench Business Committee for a debate about the Safe & S...


15 JUN 2011

Steve Brine pledges support to children's cancer charity

Steve Brine is supporting CLIC Sargent's plan to extend support for children and young people with cancer across the UK. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP joined more than 20 colleagues and Peers, and around 200 guests, at the House of Commons for CLIC Sargent's Parliamentary reception on Wed...


15 JUN 2011

Chris Boardman leads Steve Brine and cycling MPs on annual ride

Steve Brine joined fellow MPs as Olympic and World Champion Chris Boardman led the annual Parliamentary All-Party Cycle Ride around the streets of London. Setting off from the London Eye just after 8am, the group completed a 5-mile circular tour taking in landmarks such as Blackfriar's Bridge and T...


14 JUN 2011

Steve hosts his own 'Strawberry Tea' for Breast Cancer

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine hosted a Strawberry Tea in the House of Commons on Tuesday 14th June. Steve, who is co-chair of the All-Party Group on Breast Cancer, joined Samia al Qadhi from Breast Cancer Care in Dining Room A, as they discussed various issues surrounding fighting...


13 JUN 2011

Steve hosts Greening Campaign in Commons

Steve Brine hosted local Greening members as part of a national Greening Campaign event he organised with Damian Hinds, MP for East Hampshire, in the House of Commons on Monday 13th June. Steve was one of a number to speak, which included Minister of State for Climate Change Greg Barker, who praise...


13 JUN 2011

MP offers 'full support' for Government's ambitious worldwide vaccination pledge

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has given his wholehearted backing to David Cameron's announcement that the UK will provide £814m to vaccinate children around the word against preventable diseases. The Prime Minister, speaking on Monday morning at the Global Alliance on Vaccin...


10 JUN 2011

Tea time for change- Ending Global Poverty

Steve Brine recently took time out of his packed Commons schedule to meet with constituent Mike Slinn, to discuss eradicating global poverty. The tea was part of a wider event in which 130 MPs met with their constituents at the same time, and was jointly organised by Action Aid, CAFOD, Christian Ai...


10 JUN 2011

MP highlights the importance of pulse checks

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine recently took part in an event in Parliament, as part of World Heart Rhythm Week, to help raise awareness of the importance of pulse checks. The campaign, spearheaded by the charities, Arrhythmia Alliance (the Heart Rhythm Charity) and Atrial Fibrilla...


09 JUN 2011

In tune with All-Party Group for Music Education

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has joined the All-Party Group for Music Education, and kicked off his membership with a meeting with the Managing Director of Classic FM. Darren Henley has recently conducted an independent review of Music Education for the Department of Education. H...


07 JUN 2011

MP addresses lobular breast cancer in Health Questions

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine raised the issue of lobular breast cancer with Minister Paul Burstow in Health Questions on 7th June. Having been contacted by a constituent who had lobular breast cancer undetected by a mammography, the MP asked whether the Department had considered ...


25 MAY 2011

MP reacts to Eurozone motion

Winchester MP Steve Brine has applauded a "line in the sand" on Eurozone financial assistance but said he greatly regrets a watering down of today's motion in the House of Commons. He called on Government Ministers to stay true to their promises on future bailouts after inheriting what he called 'u...


24 MAY 2011

Steve supports Autism (Quality Standards) Bill

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has supported Robert Buckland's Ten Minute Rule Bill in the House of Commons on Tuesday 24th May. The Bill would require the Secretary of State for Health to make a referral to the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to develop...


23 MAY 2011

'Welcome outcome' on cancer networks

Steve Brine has spoken of his delight after it was announced that cancer networks were to be supported beyond 2012-13. While changes to the NHS are currently being debated, Steve had previously warned Ministers that they had to act in order to safeguard the future of specialist cancer support. The...


20 MAY 2011

Winchester MP nominated 'Backbencher of the Year'

Steve Brine, MP for Winchester & Chandler's Ford, has been nominated by Breakthrough Breast Cancer for House Magazine's 'Backbencher of the Year' award after his work raising the profile of breast cancer in his first year in Parliament. Steve joined the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Breast C...


19 MAY 2011

Steve backs Road Safety Bill

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has added his support to Sir Alan Beith's Road Safety Bill, which was presented to the Commons on Wednesday 18th May. The Bill, which enjoys widespread support among Members, seeks to secure better protection for pedestrians, cyclists and other vulner...


18 MAY 2011

Tucking into Fairer Fillings with the RSPCA

Steve attended the launch of the RSPCA's 'Fairer Fillings campaign' to support the charity's call for people to consider animal welfare when buying or making their lunch. The Fairer Filings campaign encourages the public to swap their usual lunch with at least one lunch during the week that contains...


18 MAY 2011

Steve fights for local autism families

Steve Brine has tabled a number of Parliamentary questions to Ministers regarding the procedures of personal independence payment eligibility for autism sufferers. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP is concerned over the circumstances in which face-to-face consultations for autism sufferers wo...


17 MAY 2011

What's Really Wrong with British Tennis?

Steve Brine joined Judy Murray, mother of Andy, in Parliament on Tuesday 17th May with the aim of getting more children hitting tennis balls. The Tennis For Free charity gave a presentation to MPs and Peers, and outlined their vision for grass roots tennis. New patron Baroness Angela Billingham ch...


17 MAY 2011

The Fourth Carbon Budget

Winchester MP Steve Brine has warmly welcomed the Fourth Carbon Budget, announced this week. When the Coalition came together, the government was clear it wanted to be the greenest government ever. The Fourth Carbon Budget will commit the UK to a 50% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, and wi...


17 MAY 2011

Strict new rules for circuses keeping wild animals

Steve Brine has welcomed a Government announcement that will introduce a strict licensing regime in order to ensure that the highest standards of animal welfare are in place for the remaining 39 wild animals being used in circuses. Any circuses in England that wish to have wild animals such as tige...


17 MAY 2011

Standing up for nuclear test veterans

Steve Brine challenged Government Ministers over issues surrounding British nuclear test veterans in a lively Defence Questions session in the Commons on Monday 16th May. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP opened by asking when the government expected to receive results from an independent hea...


16 MAY 2011

A warm welcome for Military Covenant

Winchester MP Steve Brine is delighted that the government has announced that the Military Covenant is to be enshrined onto the statute books. Defence Secretary Liam Fox announced the move, which was a pre-election pledge from David Cameron, to the House of Commons on Monday 16th May. During his s...


13 MAY 2011

Terry Waite joins Emmaus in celebrating 20th anniversary

Steve Brine joined Emmaus Hampshire and Terry Waite as the homelessness charity celebrated its 20th anniversary in the House of Lords on May 12th. The first Emmaus Community opened in Cambridge in 1991. Since then 19 more Emmaus Communities have opened and there are many Emmaus Groups across the co...


11 MAY 2011

Meeting with Hampshire Police Federation

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine joined his fellow Hampshire MPs as they met representatives from the Hampshire Police Federation on Tuesday 10th May. They discussed a wide range of issues where county police officers have concerns, and listened carefully to views on the Winsor Revie...


11 MAY 2011

Steve backs Muscular Dystrophy report

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, Steve Brine, has pledged to back local families affected by devastating muscle-wasting disease in their fight for specialist services, which they say would change lives while saving the NHS £millions in costs. The health service is wasting £31million...


11 MAY 2011

Steve welcomes Energy Bill

Steve Brine has welcomed the coalition's "landmark" Energy Bill which received its 2nd Reading in the House of Commons on 10 May 2011. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP spoke in the debate and, while giving support to the legislation, set out a series of areas where he thinks it can be streng...


10 MAY 2011

Big Cat Electric

Steve met Big Cat Electric in the Commons on Tuesday 10th May as the Hampshire-based company showcased their range of electric bikes. Big Cat Electric use advanced technology to power bikes quickly and safely, with very low battery consumption. The bikes, which are claimed to have the longest pract...


04 MAY 2011

Steve supports Royal British Legion event in Parliament

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine took time to meet the Royal British Legion as they held their annual Parliamentary Reception on Wednesday 4th May. Steve met with members, whose motto is 'Shoulder to shoulder with all who serve', and was delighted to be able to support the event. He...


03 MAY 2011

Micheldever Primary School hit Westminster

Steve welcomed a group from Micheldever Primary School as they took in the sights, sounds and atmosphere of Parliament on Tuesday 3rd May. The Winchester MP regularly meets a wide range of groups and constituents in the House, and is always happy to help arrange tours. Speaking after the visit, he...


28 APR 2011

Steve supports Industrial Relations Bill

Steve Brine supported a Bill that sought to legitimise genuine industrial action while protecting taxpayers and businesses, on Wednesday 27th April. The 10-Minute Rule Bill, brought by Dominic Raab MP (Conservative, Esher & Walton), was ultimately defeated, but there are hopes that the proposal...


05 APR 2011

MP stands up for our local radio

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine stood up for BBC local radio in a Parliamentary debate held on Tuesday 5th April in Westminster Hall. The debate was called by Mr Brine's colleague Dr Therese Coffey MP (Suffolk Coastal) and called for the BBC to find savings in departments other th...


29 MAR 2011

Steve Brine raises Autism plight in Parliament

Steve Brine MP has secured important safeguards for people suffering from autism as Government changes to the benefits system are brought forward. Changes in the Welfare Reform Bill propose replacing Disabled Living Allowance and its associated benefits with one new 'Personal Independence Payment...


23 MAR 2011

A Budget for local growth, jobs and families

MP Steve Brine gives thumbs up to Budget designed to revive UK economy and support local families. See your MPs reaction in full. Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has welcomed the Government's Budget with its plan to reform the economy to support jobs and growth, and to take steps to...


09 MAR 2011

MP raises future of Bendicks factory at PMQs

Steve Brine brought the future of the Bendicks chocolate factory to the attention of the Prime Minister today. Storck UK, which owns and makes the famous brand at its factory in Winnall, near Winchester announced last week it is consulting the workforce on plans which could see production moved to ...


07 MAR 2011

Steve raises student visas in Parliament

Local MP Steve Brine has again raised the issue of student visas in the House of Commons. He pressed Immigration Minister Damian Green on the subject during Home Office Question Time (on Mon 7 March 2011) and raised the plight of Winchester School of English and the University of Winchester as they...


02 MAR 2011

Steve Brine welcomes UK aid review

Steve Brine has welcomed key announcements made by the Coalition Government which set out the results UK aid will give the world?s poorest people over the next four years. International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell, who has previously visited Wells for India in Winchester with Steve, annou...


01 MAR 2011

Supporting the Big Society

Steve joined a Backbench Business Committee debate in the Commons on Tuesday 28th February as MPs discussed the merits of the Big Society. Instigated by Charlie Elphicke, MP for Dover and Deal, members from all sides of the House, Steve spoke passionately about local groups such as the Alresford So...


15 FEB 2011

Foreign national prisoners at HMP Winchester

Winchester MP Steve Brine raised the issue of Foreign national prisoners at HMP Winchester in the House of Commons this afternoon (Tuesday 15 February). Foreign inmates constitute about 15% of the prison population in Winchester and Steve was responding to an issue raised by a constituent who serve...


10 FEB 2011

Steve hosts Adjutant General's Corps in the Commons

Winchester MP Steve Brine spent some time in Parliament with a team from the Adjutant General?s Corps (AGC) on Wednesday 9th February. The AGC is based in Worthy Down, and comprises four branches, Staff and Personnel Support Branch, Provost Branch, Educational and Training Services Branch and Army ...


03 FEB 2011

Steve speaks up for cancer services in key NHS debate

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has challenged the Government over the future of local cancer services in Parliament. Speaking in the House of Commons (on Monday 31 January 2011) during the 2nd Reading debate of the Government's flagship Health & Social Care Bill, Steve said Min...


02 FEB 2011

Steve Brine speaks up for radiotherapy

The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP has called for action after hearing how radiotherapy is a cornerstone of cancer treatment yet people are still missing out. Steve Brine voiced his support for action on radiotherapy at an awareness-raising Cancer Research UK event in Parliament on Tuesday 25t...


17 OCT 2010

Steve Brine joins leading heart charity's celebrations ... with Pixie Lott

Steve Brine attended the event, along with the charity's new Patron, teen singing sensation, Pixie Lott, who has joined the charity's ongoing crusade to highlight the importance of screening young people – especially those who regularly take part in sport. Pixie, who was one of the few stars ...



Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (13 Jul 2016)
Steve Brine: I am very sorry that this turns out to be my last question to the Prime Minister. I want to thank him for everything he has done for my constituency, where every school is now good or outstanding and the jobless total is down 64% since he took office. As he prepares to leave Downing Street, I encourage him to return to the big society agenda that I know he is so passionate about. Does he...

Uk Economy (29 Jun 2016)
Steve Brine: I agree with the hon. Gentleman’s approach to the debate. Employment rates in our country are now at a record high—in my constituency it is up 60% since 2010. Capital requirements for the banks are some 10 times what they were in the past six years and the budget deficit is down from 11% to 3% this year. I think that that was what the Chancellor was talking about when he referred...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Higher Education (28 Jun 2016)
Steve Brine: What steps he is taking to improve the quality of higher education.


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