Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, Steve Brine, is currently a Minister at the Department of Health & Social Care.

Steve was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care in June 2017, with a brief including public health, health protection and improvement, international health policy, cancer and primary care.

This means our local MP is working at the heart of Government tackling some of the biggest issues facing our NHS, combining his local priority with a role on the national stage.

One key part of his work is prevention and, in Summer 2018, Steve published a world-leading plan to address childhood obesity.

He says; “The effects of obesity have a profound impact on a child’s opportunities in life. It compromises both physical and mental health, adds to bullying and, because they are more likely to become obese adults, they will have a higher chance of developing cancer and type 2 diabetes. We have to act.”

The plan includes measures to address the promotion of unhealthy food and drinks to children, new information to help parents make informed decisions when shopping and a new national ambition for all primary schools to adopt an ‘active mile’.

Steve is also leading a new ambition to tackle cancer. As part of the long term plan for the NHS, backed by new investment which will provide an extra £20.5bn a year, a package of measures will be rolled out with the aim of seeing three quarters of all cancers detected at an early stage by 2028.

Main picture; Steve with his children in his office at the Department of Health.

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MP responds in Ovarian Cancer debate

Steve Brine spoke in a Westminster Hall debate on ovarian cancer diagnosis and treatment on Tuesday 30th October. The Winchester & Chandler’s Ford MP is also the Cancer Minister, and he responded to Lee Rowley MP’s debate on behalf of the Government.

Steve Brine announces Folic Acid consultation

Public Health Minister Steve Brine has announced that the government will consult on the mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid to prevent fetal abnormalities.

The Future of Breast Cancer

Local MP Steve Brine spoke in a key breast cancer debate in Parliament this October to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Global consensus for golf in the race to tackle physical inactivity

Steve Brine opened a global health conference in London on Monday 15th October, where a global consensus amongst leaders in public health, public policy and sport backed golf in the race to tackle physical inactivity and the prevention of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer of the breast a

G20 concludes in Argentina

The 2018 G20 Health Ministerial Meeting concluded this afternoon as Winchester MP Steve Brine hailed the UK’s strong commitment to multi lateral cooperation around the world. 

MP backs medical cannabis decision

Winchester MP Steve Brine has welcomed news that specialist clinicians will be able to legally prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products by the Autumn.