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Steve Brine to step down at general election – Eastleigh News

Steve Brine to step down at general election – Eastleigh News

Steve Brine 2014 giving an interview to journalism students from Winchester Uni.

Steve Brine, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Winchester and Chandler’s Ford, has announced that he will step down from the House of Commons at the upcoming General Election. Brine, who has represented the constituency since 2010, said he is looking forward to embarking on a new chapter in his life.

In a letter to his  Conservative Association, Brine explained that he had set a personal goal of serving for, either twenty years or until four General Elections had taken place, whichever came first. However, he concluded that the time had come to consider a new direction for himself and his family.

During his time in Parliament Brine has served as a junior minister for Primary care and Public Health and is currently the Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee.

A ‘One Nation’ Conservative, Brine supported the remain campaign in the 2016 EU referendum. He subsequently resigned his ministerial post in 2019 to vote for single market membership, a customs union with the EU and against a no-deal Brexit. Later that year he was on of 21 rebel Conservative MPs who had the whip withdrawn by Boris Johnson after voting for the Benn Act that sought to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

Brine was reinstated in time to defend his seat in the 2019 General Election. While the strongly remain supporting Winchester constituents might have been expected to back their remain supporting MP, Brine’s 9,000+ majority collapsed to around 900 votes. This was probably Winchester’s verdict on Boris Johnson rather than Steve Brine. Whichever the case, Winchester is now a Lib Dem target seat though predicted to stay Conservativedue to favourable boundary changes. These changes also mean that whoever succeeds Steve Brine will no longer represent residents in Chandler’s Ford and Hiltingbury which will form part of the Eastleigh constituency.

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In the letter to his association, Brine acknowledged the challenges of being away from home for multiple nights each week and the intensity of the modern political landscape. He mentioned the toll it had taken on him and his desire to achieve a better work-life balance for himself and his family.

Highlighting his achievements, Brine expressed pride in securing significant investment for Winchester Hospital. He also commended Chancellor Jeremy Hunt and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, expressing confidence in Sunak’s leadership.

Brine made the decision to leave his own business behind to pursue a career in Parliament, although his initial professional journey began in broadcast journalism. As an MP, he selflessly dedicated time to engage with aspiring broadcast journalism students at Winchester University, sharing his valuable experiences with them.

Steve Brine has issued an assurance to his constituents that he would continue to serve them until the end of the current parliamentary term saying that it will be “business as usual” until his departure.

  • June 25, 2023