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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care

Organization: Conservative Party (UK)

Date of Birth: 28 January 1974

Age: 49 years old

Profession: Under Secretary of State



Steve Brine (born 28 January 1974) is a British Conservative Party politician who has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Winchester since 2010. Prior to his political career, he worked as a BBC Radio journalist and in public relations.

He served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Public Health and Primary Care at the Department of Health from June 2017 to March 2019, when Brine resigned to vote against the government's policy on Brexit. Brine had the Conservative whip removed on 3 September by Prime Minister Boris Johnson for supporting the Benn Act, an attempt to prevent a no-deal Brexit. He sat for over a month as an independent politician before being readmitted to the party on 29 October 2019.

Early life and career

Brine was born on 28 January 1974 to Clive Charles and Gloria Elizabeth Brine.[2] He attended Bohunt School, and Highbury College.[3] He was a volunteer for the hospital broadcasting service Radio Lion at the Royal Surrey County Hospital for a number of years from 1990.[citation needed] He studied history at Liverpool Hope University, where he also served a sabbatical year as president of its students' union.[4]

After graduating, Brine worked as a radio journalist for the BBC. His first job was at BBC Southern Counties Radio in Guildford.[5] He also did an internship in Chicago with the radio station WGN.[6] Brine later worked as a director of the golf marketing agency Azalea Group.[7]

Political career

Brine worked in the Conservative Central Office as a researcher during William Hague's leadership, and was the campaign director for the party in Hampshire during the 2001−2005 parliament.[8][9] He was selected as the party's prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC) for Winchester in November 2006.[10] Brine was a member of the party's A-List.[11]

He was elected as MP for Winchester in the 2010 general election with a majority of 3,048 (5.4%) votes.[12] The seat had previously been held by the Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten since the 1997 general election, who had stood down prior to the 2010 general election.[13] During the 2010−2015 parliament, he was a member of the Justice Select Committee.[14]

Brine was one of 136 Conservative MPs who voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, which legalised same-sex marriage in England and Wales.[15] His reasons for voting against the Act included that he felt that the bill had been rushed, he alleged that the majority of his constituents opposed it, and his Christian faith.[16][17] In the same year, he was appointed as parliamentary private secretary (PPS) to Mike Penning, Minister of State at the Department for Work & Pensions and Minister for Disabled People.[18] In July 2014, Brine became PPS to Penning in his new role as Minister of State for Policing within the Ministry of Justice.[19]

He was re-elected in the 2015 and 2017 general election.[1] In May 2015, Brine became PPS to Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health.[20] Following the appointment of Theresa May as the prime minister in July 2016, he was appointed as assistant government whip at HM Treasury, a role he held till June 2017 when he was promoted to Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Public Health and Primary Care at the Department of Health.[21][22]

Brine supported the UK remaining within the EU in the 2016 UK EU membership referendum. He voted for then Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal agreement in early 2019. In the indicative votes on 27 March, Brine voted for single market membership, customs union with the EU, the Norway-plus model, and against a no-deal Brexit.[23] He had resigned from his ministerial post two days prior.[24] Brine supported Jeremy Hunt in the 2019 Conservative Party leadership election.[25] He voted for the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.[26]

In September 2019, he was one of 21 MPs expelled from the Conservative Party for voting for the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 which aimed to prevent a no-deal Brexit.[27] Brine was one of 10 MPs to be readmitted to the party on 29 October.[28] He was re-elected in the 2019 general election, with his majority falling from 9,999 to 985.[1]

Brine was one of 38 MPs to vote against the second national lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic in November 2020.[29] He called for MPs and their staff to be prioritised for the COVID-19 vaccine in January 2021[30] and for all COVID-19 legislative restrictions to be removed by the end of April 2021.[31]

Outside of his parliamentary role, he was also a strategic advisor for the pharmaceuticals company Sigma, healthcare recruitment firm Remedium Partners, and assistive technology company Microlink PC.[32][33][34] He ended his involvement with these companies at the end of 2021 following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suggestion that he would ban MPs from having consultancy jobs following the Owen Patterson lobbying scandal.[35][36] In January 2022, Brine was criticised for breaching lobbying rules by Eric Pickles, the chair of the anti-corruption watchdog Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACOBA) for starting his role at Sigma before informing ACOBA of his appointment. He apologised for "a mistake" and blamed "poor admin" on his part. Pickles also criticised him for contacting the then Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi. He stated, "I do not consider it was in keeping with the letter or the spirit of the government's Rules for a former minister at DHSC to contact a minister with responsibilities for health on behalf of a pharmaceutical company which pays him." Brine had attended a meeting with Sigma executives and Zahawi in February 2021.

Personal life

Brine married Susie Toulson in 2003. She is a speech and language therapist, and is one of the daughters of the late Lord Toulson, former Supreme Court judge.[39] They have one son and one daughter.

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