Steve Brine MP

for Winchester & Chandler's Ford

14 FEB 2015

A morning at Worthy Down

Winchester MP Steve Brine headed out to Worthy Down this weekend (Saturday 14 February 2015). Mr Brine and a team of eight spent the morning discussing a range of national issues with constituents living on the predominantly army housing estate. Steve, who made his maiden speech in Parliament duri...


02 DEC 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...


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...


25 NOV 2014

Steve Brine MP - urges local community bus services to bid for new support

MP Steve Brine has welcomed new Government funding to support community transport services, and urged local providers in Winchester & Chandler's Ford to bid for support. In total there will be £25 million of new support to provide hundreds of voluntary community transport providers with n...


20 NOV 2014

New think-tank for the South launched in Winchester

Steve Brine visited the University of Winchester on Thursday 20th November for the launch of the Southern Policy Centre. The MP joined a cast of local business leaders, representatives of the Third Sector and important media figures, as well as MPs from across the south at the launch, which heard f...


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...


14 NOV 2014

Daisy Conway wins special Christmas Card competition

Daisy Conway, from Compton All Saints C of E Primary School, has been announced as the winner of Steve Brine's fourth annual Christmas Card competition. The Year 6 pupil, is following in the footsteps of previous winners Eleanor Ring, Liam Skeat and Ellis Gauntlett Boak, and took first prize with h...


31 MAR 2014

MP highlights Farnborough Airport proposals

Winchester MP Steve Brine is asking his constituents, across the Itchen Valley and Alresford in particular, to find out more about plans by TAG Farnborough Airport which could significantly increase the amount of air traffic in the area. The airport, which is largely used for VIP and business jets,...


17 FEB 2014

Success for flood-hit Twyford playgroup

Swift action from Winchester MP Steve Brine has helped a flood-hit playgroup, which had been facing a long period of closure, to re-open after half-term. Following extensive flooding in the village of Twyford, including at the parish hall, the Twyford Playgroup was forced to close last week, and in...


28 NOV 2013

Post Office modernisation

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...


22 NOV 2013

MP sets national agenda at PMQs

Steve Brine set the national agenda this week 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 mid-week session, and asked David Cameron if he shared his 'disbelief' and grave concerns at the nightma...


18 NOV 2013

Full comment on RHCH Trust consultation

Steve Brine commented fully on the Hampshire Chronicle story, which featured on Thursday 14th November regarding the Trust consultation. You can read the published story here and you can read Steve's full submitted quote below. "I have been arguing privately for some time now with the Trust and th...


18 SEP 2013

Welcome for school meal pledge

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has welcomed a Government announcement that pupils at local infant schools are to get free school lunches from next September. The change – which will apply for children in reception, year one and year two - will save parents about £400 a ...


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...


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...


06 AUG 2013

Summer Tour 'most successful yet'

Local MP Steve Brine has thanked constituents for their support of his Summer Tour this year which he hailed his most successful to date. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP holds a series of events, which coincide with the Summer Parliamentary recess, each July and August and this year include...


26 JUL 2013

Steve Brine MP - chairs Pitt Manor meeting

Winchester MP Steve Brine pulled together all the key players involved in the Pitt Manor development recently (Thursday 25 July) and heard a detailed planning application for the site will be submitted in the next few weeks. The cross-party meeting – which was organised and chaired by Mr Brin...


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...


25 JUN 2013

MP acts over junction black-spot

Winchester MP Steve Brine has called for decisive action at a notorious accident black-spot after another incident took place this week (Mon 24 June) at the A33/London Road junction in Headbourne Worthy. Earlier this month he took the new Transport Portfolio Holder at Hampshire County Council (Cllr...


21 JUN 2013

Summer Tour 2013 announced

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has revealed details of his Summer Tour for 2013. This is the third such series undertaken by Steve which sees a range of events across his constituency during Parliament's Summer recess. Steve says: "Some people believe MPs put their feet up each Su...


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...


10 JUN 2013

Residents call for action on Worthy Road

Residents in the Abbotts Barton area have enlisted the help of their local MP and new county councillor after safety fears were raised about the Worthy Road in Winchester. Steve Brine brought new Hampshire Transport chief, Cllr Sean Woodward, to meet residents and their newly elected Cllr Fiona Mat...


25 MAY 2013

Steve Brine MP - encourages local entrepreneurs to get involved in Start-up Hub 2013

Local MP Steve Brine has joined Prime Minister David Cameron in calling on start-up businesses and entrepreneurs in Winchester & Chandler's Ford to get involved in this year's Conservative Party Start-up Hub and win the opportunity to showcase their work in front of thousands of visitors at the ...


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...


09 APR 2013

Council steps in to save football club's season

The keys of Winchester City Football Club's ground have been handed back to the City Council in a move that will give the club breathing space to plan its future and crucially, finish the current season. As landlord of the site at the North Walls Recreation Ground in Winchester, the City Council ha...


28 MAR 2013

Local Rock the House finalists announced

A band from Stanmore and a young musician from the east of the city have made it through to the finals of a music competition which could see them playing live at the House of Commons this Summer. Scarlet Soho will represent Winchester & Chandler's Ford in the Band Category, while Josh Savage f...


27 MAR 2013

Warming up the litterpickers

Winchester Litterpickers received a warming pit-stop from their local MP during a morning's work in the Fulflood area of the city this morning (Wednesday 27th March). The group, led by chairman David Jones, organised one of their 'sorties' in the smart Winchester suburb and city MP Steve Brine, who...


26 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 (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 (D...


21 MAR 2013

More money for primary school sport

An extra £3,776,800 will go to primary schools across Hampshire to transform school sport, improve coaching for the youngest pupils and inspire the Olympic and Paralympic stars of the future. London 2012 gave Britain a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire a nation to enjoy sport and the ...


20 MAR 2013

Income tax cut for almost 40,000 local people

Local MP Steve Brine has warmly welcomed the amount people can earn before paying income tax will rise to £10,000 in April 2014. People in Steve's Winchester & Chandler's Ford constituency will be over £700 better off every year than when this Government came to office. This tax cut...


20 MAR 2013

Steve Brine MP - statement on HMIP report into HMP Winchester

EMBARGOED UNTIL 00:01 ON 20th March 2013 HM Inspectorate of Prisons will tomorrow (Wednesday 20th March 2013) release the report on an announced inspection of HMP Winchester carried out between 15 and 19 October 2012. Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine commented as follows; "The IMB A...


19 MAR 2013

Steve Brine MP praises local Sikh community in Parliament

Steve Brine joined MPs from both main parties in a celebration of Sikh life at a special Westminster debate on Wednesday 13th March. Steve Brine spoke about the vibrant and lively Sikh community across Hiltingbury, and stressed the point that many Sikhs' had served with distinction in the country's...


12 MAR 2013

Local welcome for MP tackling nuisance calls

Steve Brine has joined a new Parliamentary group which will call for strong action to be taken on nuisance calls, as the scale of the problem locally continues to grow. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP said: "This is something that has increasingly come up through door-knocking and general c...


22 FEB 2013

Local businesses urged to apply for training fund

Local MP Steve Brine has welcomed further investment to help companies set up the training schemes they need to meet specific skill requirements. £150 million has been put into the second round of the Employee Ownership Pilot (EOP), a scheme designed to get funding directly to employers so th...


21 JAN 2013

Cabinet Minister visits Winchester Probation Trust

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling was in Winchester on Thursday 17th January on a visit to Hampshire Probation Trust at its' new HQ is located in the city centre. Mr Grayling came to meet staff and senior managers of the Trust following the publication last week of the Transforming Rehabilitation co...


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...


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....


20 NOV 2012

Fighting Bank Mis-Selling to Small Businesses

MP 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 small businesses. Around 50 MPs have already joined the All-Party Mis-Sellin...


20 NOV 2012

Magic Wand fundraising at Stanmore Primary

Local MP Steve Brine dropped into Stanmore Primary School last week (Friday 16th November) to help receive a cheque on behalf of the Magic Wand Appeal at the RHCH from the pupils of Stanmore Primary School. The school, located on Stanmore Lane, made the appeal their chosen charity last year and sub...


12 NOV 2012

Boundary change (and sausages) dominate street surgery

Proposals to move Alresford away from the Winchester constituency dominated Steve Brine's latest street surgery in the town – until a plate of sausages came along. The local MP was joined by Cllr Ernie Jeffs and Town cllr Lisa Griffiths for the session, held on Saturday 10th November on the c...


24 SEP 2012

New students meet MP

Last Saturday saw the end of fresher's week 2012 at the University of Winchester and it was marked with the traditional fresher's fayre hosted by the Winchester Students' Union. The only mainstream political society on campus is run by the Conservative Students and they were joined by Winchester &a...


07 AUG 2012

Time to stick or twist MP tells Aldi

Winchester MP Steve Brine has told the management of supermarket chain Aldi to get on and build its new store in Weeke. Mr Brine has again written to joint Group MD's, Matthew Barnes and Roman Heini, as we enter the fourth year since the company obtained planning permission to (in early 2009) const...


31 JUL 2012

Comment on Tigers¬Ā' accommodation at London 2012

Steve Brine said: "These troops have saved this Olympic Games in some respects and frankly, they deserve better than this. I cannot stand the sniping and the constant search for a bad news story around London 2012 but our lads clearly need somewhere more comfortable in the immediate and I am sure LO...


17 JUL 2012

Steve Brine MP - response to Primary provision in Winchester decision

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, Steve Brine, responded to the decision today (Tuesday 17 July 2012) about future primary provision in Winchester. He said; "We can't afford to lose sight of the reason we are at this juncture. Winchester has an acute crisis in primary provision and it is the sch...


16 JUL 2012

Minister to discuss overseas aid at public meeting in Winchester

Local MP Steve Brine has organised a public meeting to discuss Britain's overseas aid programme and has secured a Government Minister to answer questions from Winchester & Chandler's Ford residents in September. Stephen O'Brien MP, a Minister in the Department for International Development (DfI...


01 JUN 2012

Highlighting local Stroke Support Group

Steve Brine visited the Stroke Support Group (Winchester and District) on Monday 28th May, to find out more about their Winnall set up. The group, which is self-funded and staffed by experienced volunteers, was set up in 2010, and is based at Winnall Community Centre on Garbett Road. Secretary Bar...


22 MAY 2012

Comment on Alresford: 100% tourism satisfaction

Local MP Steve Brine said: "This is fantastic news but it will come as no surprise to those of us who live here. Alresford is the most English of market towns and retains a very special atmosphere which literally pulls visitors in. I think so much of that is down the micro-economy that exists in Alr...


15 MAY 2012

Launching new help for Park Home owners

Steve Brine has welcomed a new consultation on park home site owners, and is urging site residents locally to take part. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP is leading the campaign in Parliament for the rights of park home owners, working as Vice Chairman of the All-Party Park Homes Group in cl...


04 MAY 2012

Winchester Conservatives take control

The Conservatives took full control of the city council after last week's crunch local elections. In a night of high drama at Winchester Guildhall on Thursday (May 3), the party won a clutch of seats and now have outright control of the authority. They have run WCC for the past year but as a minori...


01 MAY 2012

Port upgrade given green light comment

"This is excellent news, not only for Southampton but also Winchester because there will be positive knock-on effects up the supply chain. I said in Parliament back in January that we required a prompt decision on this upgrade or risk losing another year, with potentially disastrous consequences for...


29 APR 2012

Steve Brine MP - highlights water-saving scheme

Local MP Steve Brine has highlighted a subsidised scheme that allows local residents to save rainwater, as Hampshire teeters on the brink of drought. Organised by Recycle for Hampshire, residents across the county can purchase a full rain water saver kit for less than £45, which includes a 19...


25 APR 2012

School places comment

"This years initial figures lay bare the acute problem we have, even with new temporary classrooms in place for this September. We need to significantly increase the supply of permanent high quality reception year places. "I am pleased the campaign has prompted the county council to bring forward t...


16 APR 2012

Comment on the vandalism at the Butterfly Conservation nature reserve

Steve Brine said: "I was really disappointed to hear about this mindless act of vandalism. I visited the conservation group on Magdalen Hill shortly after I was elected in 2010 and am very supportive of what they do here in Winchester. "I know they will be really upset at what has happened but more...


04 APR 2012

Steve Brine MP urges local would-be filmmakers to enter national film competition

Steve Brine has called for local amateur film makers to enter FILM THE HOUSE, a national competition that celebrates up-and-coming amateur film producers, directors and script writers across the UK. Film lovers of all ages are urged to get their creative juices flowing, and submit their amateur fil...


22 MAR 2012

Comment on Three Maids Hill motocross decision

"This is an appalling decision and one a great number of my constituents living across a wide area will now have to live week in week out. It is especially disappointing given the united opposition to this application from elected representatives across the board. I pay great tribute to the work of ...


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...


19 MAR 2012

Michael Gove visits Winchester and backs MPs new school campaign

Education Secretary Michael Gove visited Winchester today (12th March) and backed local MP Steve Brine's campaign to bring a new primary school to the city. Winchester faces a chronic shortage of primary places for September 2012 and a campaign has been launched to significantly increase the number...


06 MAR 2012

Start of inquiry into Special Educational Needs (SEN) reform

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 will take pl...


21 FEB 2012

Comment on new primary school update from Hampshire County Council

"This will be controversial in a number of respects but I am really pleased the growing campaign for a new school in Winchester has focused minds so quickly and already led to proposals from the county council. "I don't think anyone should fear a new school in the city as there are clearly enough p...


20 FEB 2012

Unique double opportunity to take in PMQs and Budget

Local MP Steve Brine is offering his constituents the chance to watch the Budget live in the House of Commons as it unfolds on Wednesday 21st March, directly after Prime Minister's Questions. In line with all MPs, Steve receives a pair of tickets to PMQs three times a year, and this March his slot ...


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...


06 FEB 2012

Power company called to meet MP after chaotic weekend

Winchester MP Steve Brine is to meet senior representatives from SSE Power on Thursday (9 February) to discuss recent power cuts which have caused chaos in some parts of Winchester this weekend. Mr Brine will chair the meeting, which will also be attended by representatives from Kings Worthy Parish...


31 JAN 2012

Comment on University application figures

Given the significant bulge in applications we had for September last year, it is not a great surprise there has been a drop in current numbers. I have always believed higher education is a good thing and all young people should have the option to choose it. That is precisely why the coalition Gove...


25 JAN 2012

Securing the future of our local Post Offices

Steve Brine, MP for Winchester & Chandler's Ford, has welcomed the news of a 10-year deal between Royal Mail and the Post Office, securing the future of services without resorting to the failed closures programme which dominated Labour's time in government. The deal follows the Government's oth...


23 JAN 2012

Steve Brine MP commented on the Pitt Manor decision

"I pay great tribute to the work put in by the Keep Pitt Green group in engaging with this inquiry so professionally as I know many of them will be bitterly disappointed at this decision. "I think the key issues which we will now have to face, because it is we as local residents who have to live wi...


16 DEC 2011

MP 'baffled' at CRB volunteer charges

Steve Brine has spoken of his concern after learning of proposals to charge volunteers for portable CRB checks. Currently, a one-off Criminal Record Bureau check would remain free for volunteers, but the Home Office has said it is 'looking closely' at whether volunteers would have to pay a yearly s...


15 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...


13 DEC 2011

MP welcomes Government consultation outlawing Forced Marriage

Local MP 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 ...


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...


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. Key announcements for local residents included rail fares to be capped at inflation plus 1%, while the fuel duty rise for January has been scrapped. The planned 5 penc...


29 NOV 2011

Calling all commuters!

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine is urgently seeking feedback from local commuters having secured an early-Winter meeting with South West Trains (SWT). Following two harsh winters which have affected hard-working people travelling to work, SWT and Network Rail have announced addition...


29 NOV 2011

Update on power cuts in Kings Worthy

Following his work on behalf of Kings Worthy residents who have suffered from a spate of power cuts over recent months, Steve Brine has given a cautious welcome to news that SSE Power Distribution are taking the matter seriously. In a letter to the Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, SSE confirmed...


24 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...


11 OCT 2011

Focus 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 House of Commons later that day. As part of a series of events marking the Forces' ten years in Afghanistan, the Win...


10 OCT 2011

Toe by Toe programme at HMP Winchester

Steve Brine MP met with prisoners and members of the Shannon Trust on Friday 7th October, to learn more about the Toe By Toe reading programme for inmates. The Shannon Trust is a charity funded by charitable trusts and private donations, and sponsor the Toe By Toe Reading Plan in prisons and Young ...


26 SEP 2011

Backing calls for action over IR35

Winchester MP Steve Brine is backing PCG, the voice of freelancing, as it calls on the Government to explain more clearly why IR35 was retained. This comes in light of HMRC's response to a freedom of information request which revealed IR35's recent tax yield and that only 322 cases have been examine...


12 SEP 2011

A visit to Southern Cross Care Home in Chandler's Ford

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine paid a visit to a Southern Cross Care Home in Chandler's Ford as the organisation prepares to transfer ownership of its 752 care homes. The MP met with Managers, staff and residents at the home, on Winchester Road in Chandler's Ford, as news emerged t...


06 SEP 2011

New Bishop of Winchester

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine commented on the appointment of Revd Canon Tim Dakin as the new Bishop of Winchester. "I know the whole Diocese will extend the warmest of welcomes to Bishop Tim but Winchester in particular will be thrilled to welcome him. "Bishop Michael and his wi...


16 AUG 2011

Comment on rail fare rise

As a regular commuter myself between Winchester and London I think we are already forced to pay extremely high fares to use the train service so this kind of rise really grates with me and it will with thousands of the people I represent. From personal experience in recent years I have to say it's g...


09 AUG 2011

Comment on rioting

"Like thousands of the people I represent I have watched events of the past few nights with a sense of shock, horror and deep anger. I don't have an ounce of time for arguments which say this is civil unrest that is in any way justified, it is criminality pure and simple. I stand 100% behind the Pri...


09 AUG 2011

Tougher curfews to keep streets safer

Local MP for Winchester & Chandler's Ford 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...


08 AUG 2011

Concern over septic tank registration

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has acted after worried constituents approached him concerned about the compulsory registration of septic tanks. As things stand, owners may be fined if they have failed to register their tank, but there has been frustration that this has not been pub...


12 JUL 2011

Warm welcome on decision to cancel abandonment of cheques

Steve Brine has welcomed news that the Payments Council has announced that cheques will continue for as long as customers need them, and the target for possible closure of the cheque clearing in 2018 has been scrapped. Speaking on Tuesday 12th July, Richard North, the Chairman of the Payments Counc...


12 JUL 2011

Backing the voice of small businesses

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine is backing a local campaign to ensure the voice of small businesses locally are heard as the Government considers banking and rules around access to funding. The Independent Banking Commission (IBC) is currently hearing submissions from various organi...


11 JUL 2011

Steve Brine welcomes Minister to Winchester

International Security Strategy Minister, and Aldershot MP, Gerald Howarth joined Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine at a Winchester Conservative Association constituency event on Saturday 9th July. Mr Howarth, who attended the garden party in Compton with his wife, Lizzie, discussed a...


05 JUL 2011

South West Trains- Update on June ¬‘chaos¬’

Following a week of chaos on the London Waterloo – Winchester line in early June 2011, Steve Brine MP wrote to SWT on behalf of thousands of upset and severely inconvenienced local commuters. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP is now pleased to learn that SWT have announced that passenger...


05 JUL 2011

Taking Winchester to the heart of Government

Winchester MP Steve Brine has led a local delegation to discuss the Government's "Green Deal" policy in Westminster. Rob Veck (Colden Common) and Peter Richardson (Winchester) are leading a new organisation called 'Green Win' which is part of the Winchester City Council Climate Change Programme. It...


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 (owner of Popcorn, 7-year old Labrador) said: "I am very pleased to hear that the UK will harmonise its pet ...


29 JUN 2011

Superfast broadband will give a real boost to our local economy

Steve Brine this week met the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt to press the case for funding superfast broadband in his Winchester. The Government is investing £530 million to deliver its promise of rolling out superfast broadband across the country. Funding allocations will be decided in the co...


18 JUN 2011

JLS Concert Comment

Winchester MP Steve Brine is calling for an urgent enquiry into what went so badly wrong at last night's JLS/Olly Murrs concert near Winchester. The MP says he wants to see organisers and local police around one table as soon as possible to explain how the event, held at the Matterley Bowl, descend...


15 JUN 2011

Steve Brine MP- Acts on 'frustrating and distressing' commuting chaos

Steve Brine has taken swift action following a host of complaints over the service provided by South West Trains last week. The Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP, who himself commutes to London on a regular basis, has been contacted by a large number of constituents who were left angry at recent ...


30 MAY 2011

First Annual Report released

Winchester MP Steve Brine has published his first Annual Report for constituents, fulfilling a promise he made at last year's General Election. Like his predecessor, Mr Brine pledged to report back formally each Spring on his year in the job. The report is being delivered to some 41,000 homes acros...


30 MAY 2011

Steve backs Credit Union expansion at Post Offices

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has given his backing to a radical proposal to make credit union services available at every Post Office counter across the country. Credit unions are financial co-operatives, owned and controlled by their members, which provide inclusive financial se...


23 MAY 2011

Comment on Sunday parking charges scrapped

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine commented on news the new Conservative administration at Winchester City Council has scrapped Sunday parking charges in the city; "So many people expressed their concerns to me about Sunday charging from local businesses and church congregations to co...


23 MAY 2011

Paying a visit to Henry Beaufort School

Winchester MP Steve Brine paid a visit to Henry Beaufort School (Friday 20 May) to meet new Headteacher, Sue Hearle and pupils. The MP discussed issues around the English Baccalaureate, the schools use of BTEC qualifications as part of curriculum personalisation and any future application for Acade...


23 MAY 2011

Children's Heart Surgery

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine is urging his constituents to make their voices heard this week in the battle to save children's heart surgery in Southampton. The MP has led calls among local MPs to protect the unit at Southampton General Hospital. He has hosted a number of meetings...


11 MAY 2011

MP welcomes 'landmark' Energy Bill

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has spoken in Parliament about the Government's flagship Energy Bill. The MP spoke in the 2nd Reading debate (10 May 2011) to back the Bill which will introduce the 'Green Deal', a programme which will give every home up to £10,000 worth of ener...


31 MAR 2011

Welcome for extra £53m for NHS in Hampshire

From 1st April 2011 the NHS in Hampshire will enjoy an extra £53 million to support key Government priorities such as the Cancer Drugs Fund and support for carers’ breaks. Other priorities include investment in talking therapies for those with mental health conditions and 4200 extra hea...


30 MAR 2011

Updated Bendicks comment

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine brought the boss of Bendicks and a Government Minister together this morning (Weds 30 March) for talks about the closure threatened factory based on the Winnall Industrial Estate in the city. Storck UK MD Thomas Huber met with Small Business Minister ...


29 MAR 2011

Comment on 'maternity unit hears the patter of...'

Celebrating happy events is something the maternity staff at Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust get to do on a daily basis. But now they have an altogether different arrival to be proud of – an official hallmark of quality and safety that brings savings to the Trust too! After a r...


02 MAR 2011

Welcome money for pothole repair

Steve Brine has welcomed the Governmentís announcement that it will give over £100 million to councils for pothole repair.† This is especially valuable after the terrible weather this winter caused terrible damage to a lot of our roads.The Governmentís move has been welcomed by the AA who estimate t...


02 MAR 2011

Vodafone- Badger Farm, here we go again!

Winchester MP Steve Brine is standing up for Badger Farm residents as Vodafone seek to further extend a mast that has only been in place for two years. Residents of St Annes Close have contacted Mr Brine concerned that the extension, which Vodafone say will enable them to share use with O2, will me...


01 MAR 2011

Comment on National award in sight for WTIC

Steve Brine MP commented: “Tourism is such a vital part of our local economy, and once again a Winchester organisation is shortlisted for a national award.  I hope the pending abolition of Sunday parking charges in the city, following last week’s budget setting, will aid our chances...


22 FEB 2011

Report on JSA Claimants in Winchester & Chandler's Ford

The number of unemployed claimants in Winchester constituency in January 2011 was 777. This represents a rate of 1.7% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 642nd highest of the 650 UK constituencies. The number of claimants is 365 lower than in January 2010 and 43 higher than in D...


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 Mr Brine was responding to an issue raised by a constituen...


14 FEB 2011

Visitor permits

Steve Brine MP said; "I am not sure this one has been particularly well thought through, even at this stage of what we are told is an informal consultation process. A number of residents have contacted me to complain about the usability of the online survey and with grave concerns about the inflexib...


07 FEB 2011

Welcome news as Visit Winchester and Visit Hampshire shared tourism service

Winchester & Chandler’s Ford MP Steve Brine has welcomed news that two local tourism services are to merge. Visit Winchester and Visit Hampshire will become a ‘shared service’ from April, with a view to marketing the county and helping tourism businesses grow. It will become a...


07 FEB 2011

Government Visit

Visiting Winchester’s Peter Symonds College on Friday were MP and Government Advocate for Access to Higher Education Simon Hughes, and local Conservative MP, Steve Brine. In his new role Simon is travelling around the country visiting young people, to hear their views and concerns about acces...


06 FEB 2011

Steve Brine MP to address Barton Farm enquiry

Winchester MP Steve Brine will address the public enquiry over the future of Barton Farm on Friday 11 February. Mr Brine will speak at 10am for approximately 10 minutes. He also addressed councillors last year when Winchester City Council's PDCC heard Cala Homes' latest application. He commented; ...


03 FEB 2011

Speaking 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 Bil...


28 JAN 2011

Signing of Holocaust Book of Commitment

Steve Brine pledged his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day by signing a Book of Commitment to honour those who perished in the Holocaust. With 27th January marking the 66th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Holocaust Educationa...


17 JAN 2011

Localism Bill sends clear message

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has given an enthusiastic welcome to the Localism Bill which cleared its first Parliamentary hurdle last night (Mon 17 Jan). Speaking late on Monday night from Westminster after MPs had voted overwhelming for the Bill at its second reading sta...


10 JAN 2011

Steve Brine urges local primary schools to help "Pass IT On"

MPs and e-skills UK have launched the fifth year of the Make IT Happy competition, a UK-wide technology challenge for primary school students aged 9 to 11. The competition is run by the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee (PITCOM) and e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for Business a...


07 JAN 2011

Backing World Book Night [time sensitive release]

Winchester & Chandler’s Ford MP Steve Brine has given his backing to the inaugural World Book Night, taking place in early March this year. On Saturday March 5th, a million books will be given away across Britain and Ireland, with an evening of TV programmes and all-night events celebrati...


06 JAN 2011

Steve Brine MP criticises Sunday parking plan and end of free half-hour

Winchester MP Steve Brine has added his voice to growing concerns about planned changes to parking arrangements in the city.Mr Brine said proposals to introduce Sunday charges should go back to the drawing board and City Councillors should listen again to detailed representations being made by local...


04 JAN 2011

Backing 'lifeline' credit union scheme for Post Office

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine has given his backing to a scheme to make credit union services available at every Post Office counter in the country. At an event organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Credit Union, Mr Brine pledged to support the proposed link-up in Parl...


20 DEC 2010

Steve Brine ensures young family spend Christmas together

Winchester & Chandler’s Ford MP Steve Brine was delighted to be able to help a couple who were having huge problems flying a close relative over to the UK as they were about to welcome twins into the world. George and Elizabeth Haidar, of Otterbourne, gave birth to James William Thomas an...


16 DEC 2010

Youth of Winchester have their say on bus provision

Last week saw young people in the Winchester District have the chance to meet with bus companies across the area.With transport being one of the top priorities for the Youth of Winchester (YOW) youth council, it was an ideal opportunity to discuss the main problems young people face on public transp...


16 DEC 2010

Comment on latest JSA figures

Winchester & Chandler’s Ford MP Steve Brine once again cautiously welcomes the latest news on Job Seeker’s Allowance claimants as the number of constituents claiming the benefit continues to fall.  There was a drop in claimant numbers of 55 between October and November, and the ...


12 DEC 2010

Opening of new constituency 'shop'

Winchester Mayor (Cllr Richard Izard) was on-hand to cut the ribbon at a brand new constituency ‘shop’ opened by Steve Brine MP (on Friday 10th December). Cllr Izard joined local shopkeepers and other community representatives along with some of the constituents Mr Brine has hel...


08 DEC 2010

Cala's latest challenge

Cala Homes rebuked by High Court Cala Homes have suffered a set-back in their latest attempt to challenge the Government over its plans to revoke Regional Strategies and return decisions to local councils. The developer, which last month brought a successful judicial review ruling th...


06 DEC 2010

MP convenes 'Bus Summit'

Winchester & Chandler’s Ford MP Steve Brine has arranged a special meeting between Stagecoach and Youth of Winchester (YoW) dedicated to improving local bus services. Mr Brine said: “The idea of a 'bus summit' was something I promised young people at the General Election so ...


06 DEC 2010

NHS merger comment

Winchester & Chandler's Ford MP Steve Brine commented on confirmation of the proposed merger between WEHCT and BNHFT; "The Trust have kept me fully updated on their discussions with Basingstoke and I welcome the positive nature of this announcement. "At every stage I have said to the Trust wha...


22 NOV 2010

Comment on latest JSA figures

Mr Brine has welcomed news that the number of JSA claimants in Winchester has fallen again. There were 762 unemployed claimants in Winchester & Chandler’s Ford in October 2010, 354 lower than October 2009 and 53 fewer than September 2010. Mr Brine said: “We are very l...


22 NOV 2010

Higher Education comment

"When only ten or even fifteen per cent of young people went to university, the state could afford to pay all the costs of Higher Education. Now that figure is close to fifty per cent, the state cannot and that was true in the booming economy of 1997 as much as the wrecked one this government inheri...


17 NOV 2010

LionAid say trophy hunting must cease

Over the past 50 years, lion populations have declined from 200,000 to less than 20,000 today. While the latter number might still seem to represent a significant population, it is largely composed of small and non-viable remnants scattered across the continent. The reasons for the decline in lion ...


16 NOV 2010

Comment on Purple Flag celebrations

Commenting on the Purple Flag celebrations, Winchester MP Steve Brine said: “This is a real good news story for Winchester. To receive national recognition, and to be one of just six cities across the UK to be accredited this year shows just how well the Winchester has done. “We have an...


15 NOV 2010

Supporting special care babies at House of Commons reception

The reception marked the launch of a report by special care baby charity Bliss titled The Chance of a Lifetime looking at neonatal services across England and was attended by a senior member of the Winchester team. The Chance of a Lifetime reveals that there is a shortage of 1,150 nurses to...


14 NOV 2010

King Alfred Buses face an uncertain future

“This news has been on the cards for a while now but it still comes as a shock.  The sight of these wonderful vehicles in the city each New Years’ Day is a real part of the holiday season for many of us and I would urge anyone who thinks they can help to get in touch.” My rec...


11 NOV 2010

MP endorsement for park home breakthrough

Residents of six park homes at the Flowerdown Park Homes site are expecting greater warmth and more affordable energy bills after the completion of external wall insulation to their property and the work has received the positive backing of our local MP, Steve Brine. People living in park homes oft...


11 NOV 2010

Barton Farm back in firing line (again)

The case, brought by would-be Barton Farm developer Cala Homes, followed Eric Pickles revocation of regional strategies shortly after the General Election and could put Barton Farm back in the firing line but Mr Brine says it should be no cause to panic. He says; “I respect the court of cours...


10 NOV 2010

URGENT: decision in Cala Homes V Secretary of State

He said: “I am disappointed in this decision and even more disappointed that Cala Homes felt the need to take this provocative step which has done little to endear their plans for Barton Farm to the people of Winchester.  In reality however, this judgement changes very little. Later thi...


09 NOV 2010

Comment for Winol on HE funding

“The coalition Government has announced a positive package on higher education funding that will enable our universities to thrive, based on a progressive system of graduate contributions that will also help to reduce our enormous deficit. As a former student union President myself, I desperat...


08 NOV 2010

Supporting special care babies at House of Commons reception

The reception marked the launch of a report by special care baby charity Bliss, The Chance of a Lifetime?, looking at neonatal services in England today. The Chance of a Lifetime? reveals that there is a shortage of 1,150 nurses to care for the 70,000 babies in need of specialist hospital c...


08 NOV 2010

Steve Brine hosts Government Minister in Winchester

The Minister for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport arrived by train to address local party members on a number of issues, and also engaged in a Question & Answer session. Mr Brine said: “It was great to have Jeremy down to Winchester for the Annual Dinner. I have known him a long time no...


08 NOV 2010

Call for commuter changes at Park & Ride

The MP says it will help local commuters make substantial savings, reduce congestion in the city and allow them to catch the early train and has written to the council. Currently, the site opens at 07:00 during the week, which leaves commuters tied to catching the 07:18 train to London at best, tak...


08 NOV 2010

Congratulations to Worthys YFC

The funding will enable the club to establish two new Under-8s and Under-9s mixed teams. Mr Brine said: “I was delighted to hear Worthys YFC have received this money from the Football Foundation. I know the club has a fine tradition, and the money will be extremely useful in allowing more chi...


02 NOV 2010

Trinity win Design Award

"The new Trinity Centre is a stunning building which I know was created by the entire team. Equally important however, is what goes on inside Durngate Place and the more I do this job the more I see what a lifeline they provide for so many vulnerable people in this city. “Michelle and her tea...


02 NOV 2010

Energy Efficiency Park homes Breakthrough

The work: NEA has been building political and technical momentum over the last four years to bring affordable warmth to park home residents. The approximately 120,000 people living in park homes often live in colder conditions risking health complications, and spend more money on keeping their hom...


29 OCT 2010

Friends of Alresford CAB comment

“The more I do this job the more value I can see the local CAB service gives to local people. The people of Alresford deserve decent access to that service as much as anyone. "The idea of creating this 'Friends of' organisation is really big society and we hope it will prove really successful...


29 OCT 2010

Exciting times for local company Life Stream

The event will be an opportunity for them to show-off their innovative Tele Medicine solution for the NHS, and will be attended by a number of MPs and key health advisors, including Professor Roger Boyle, National Director for Heart Disease and Stroke. Life Stream delivers live medical and ...


28 OCT 2010

Glimpse of the future on St John's Croft decision

"This is a really good news story. The proposal to put some new homes on this site has gone from being hugely controversial and bitterly divisive to an absolute model of community-led planning. "It proves we are not anti-development in Winchester but we do demand control over where and how many hom...


26 OCT 2010

Steve Brine 'wears it pink' to fund a cure for breast cancer

On Friday 29 October 2010 supporters in schools, colleges and businesses throughout the country are encouraged to don an item of pink in support of Campaign and each donate £2 to fund innovative world-class breast cancer research. Last year over one million people took part in wear it pink to...


26 OCT 2010

Supporting Members of Youth Parliament

Over 300 young people from across the country will meet to debate in the House of Commons chamber on Friday 29th October. Members of Youth Parliament, aged 11-18, will debate issues including the cost of university, sex education in schools and war. The issues were voted by 2,500 young people aged 1...


25 OCT 2010

The Defence Review and Worthy Down

Steve Brine met with Defence Secretary Liam Fox the morning of Wednesday 20th October, the day after the SDSR was published, and the defence training facility to the north of the city was top of the local MP’s agenda.  Mr Brine said: “I wanted to understand directly from Dr...


21 OCT 2010

UK's first ever Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Breast Cancer Care held the UK’s first Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day which included a meeting at Westminster between women with the condition and MPs. Steve Brine MP, who chairs the All-Party Group for Breast Cancer, attended the meeting to talk to the women about what it is like to ...


19 OCT 2010

Closure of creche at River Park Leisure Centre

A number of local parents contacted Mr Brine asking him to raise the matter with Winchester City Council, who responded saying that demand for the service was not high and they could not fill a vacant position. Mr Brine said: “Although I understand the reasons behind the council&rsquo...


18 OCT 2010

Winchester restaurant makes final of national competition

The Jewry Street speciality Thai restaurant has recently relocated from St Georges Street, and was entered into the Tiffin Cup by Winchester MP Steve Brine. The annual award is organised by a cross-party group of MPs, including Keith Vaz and Michael Fabricant, all of whom wish to promote the cuisin...


17 OCT 2010

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

Mr 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 ...


15 OCT 2010

Visiting the Itchen heritage project

Three years in to a project to restore and conserve the Itchen Navigation, major improvements for wildlife, archaeology and recreation can be seen along this special waterway. Winchester MP Steve Brine visited the area to inspect progress for himself last week. He was accompanied by staff f...


14 OCT 2010

Backing calls for lighter evenings in new Bill

Speaking at the recent Conservative Party Conference Mr Brine said: “Lighter evenings would mean safer roads, more jobs and a better quality of life for the constituents of Winchester & Chandler’s Ford. It will also aid our drive to reduce Winchester's carbon footprint. "Eve...


13 OCT 2010

Supporting English Project and learns Calligraphy

The national organisation based here in Winchester, celebrates the English language in all its varieties – past, present and future. Mr Brine said: “It was great to pop by here on Saturday. The children were very excited, and I could see they loved the calligraphy, expertly taught by th...


12 OCT 2010

Supporting Renewable Heat Incentive

Steve Brine MP joined green campaigners and a solar-powered hot air balloon outside Parliament to show his/her support for clean, green heat for businesses and homes today.Along with farmers and businesses and many other organisations, he/she is calling on the Government to honour its promise to bri...


12 OCT 2010

Blackwood refused

"I have nothing against Forest Holidays who were entitled to make this application and to resubmit revised plans but as a local community we were also entitled to say no. It just wasn't right for this area and local people were very clear about that. I don't believe for one moment a site so close to...


11 OCT 2010

Letter from Westminster (Oct 2010)

We’ve had good news and bad in the Brine household since I last wrote.  A close family member lost his life after a tragic road accident leaving behind a wife and three children under-10 and my best friend called with news of the birth of their second child.  They tell me God is in e...


11 OCT 2010

Tribute to Bishop Michael

"When Bishop Michael told me his plan to step down next year I was really disappointed but I said right away I wasn't even going to try and dissuade him as I know how much he and Lou deserve their retirement. "They have both served the Christian and wider community with generosity and compassion ev...


08 OCT 2010

Comment on St Annes Close mast decision

The application, which sought the replacement of the existing 9m structure with a proposed 11.8m street pole for shared use by O2 and Vodafone with adjacent equipment cabinet, in St Annes Close, was turned down by the Planning Development Control Committee on Thursday 7th October. Mr Brine commente...


07 OCT 2010

Comment on PM speech

Steve said: “I think David Cameron showed once again today why he is top of the tree in British politics right now. His passion for the Government's mission to deal with this deficit shines through but so does the zeal to reform welfare, schools and the NHS. "People in the South as everywhere...


06 OCT 2010

Backing search for UK's top lollipop person

The Kwik Fit Insurance Lollipop Person of the Year campaign, which is open to all primary schools in the UK, aims to find Britain’s favourite lollipop person. But the campaign, which attracted more than 19,000 entries last year, also highlights the importance of having adequate superv...


04 OCT 2010

Welcome news as npower refunds for energy customers

The announcement followed close work with Consumer Focus to ensure a fair amount is paid back to all those who are eligible for refunds. In 2007 npower changed the way it applied its charges for the first block of higher-priced gas units which households pay, but this change was not communicated ef...


04 OCT 2010

Steve 'meets the manager' at Winchester Railway Station

They met as South West Trains were conducting a regular ‘Meet the Manager’ session, where travellers can stop off and address queries and concerns with the station management team. Mr Brine said: “I am obviously a regular commuter to London like thousands of my constituents so iss...


04 OCT 2010

Steve Brine raises a glass at 50th anniversary

The anniversary coincided with Older Persons’ Day 2010, and the event was attended by nearly 90 guests, who joined Trustee David Selwood and Patron of Age Concern Lady Wakeham. As well as enjoying a fine lunch, Steve addressed the guests, before they enjoyed a slice of special anniversary cak...


04 OCT 2010

Steve Brine to attend Tesco for Schools event (Friday Oct 15th)

The Tesco for Schools & Clubs scheme enables UK schools and clubs to redeem vouchers from Tesco purchases for a variety of useful items. All schools in the UK can take part in the scheme, Customers collect vouchers throughout the year, and donate them to local schools who can exchange the vouche...


27 SEP 2010

Steve Brine meets Freshers at Winchester University

He joined the Winchester Student Conservative Society (WSCS), the first and only political society at the University, for the event which was held in the new Students’ Union building off Sparkford Road.  This year, the WSCS stall was busier than ever, with plenty of students queuing up to...


27 SEP 2010

MP Gets to Grips with Green Energy

Mr Brine visited the firm in Chandler’s Ford to see how it was training people from all walks of life and helping them to find careers in the renewable energy industry.New Career Skills retrains mature career changers for jobs as plumbers, green engineers and electricians. In the last three ye...


27 SEP 2010

Alresford Music Festival

Winchester MP Steve Brine and his young family attended the 1st Alresford Music Festival on Saturday, 19 June.Steve, who is a regular festival go-er commented: "This country now has hundreds of small, independent festivals taking place every Summer and it's great to have Alresford on that l...


20 SEP 2010

Steve Brine to become 'Rivers on the Edge' champion

The River Itchen is known as one of the most iconic chalk streams in the world, but man-made pressures are taking their toll, as the river supplies half a million people across Winchester, Southampton and Eastleigh, all of whom live on its banks. Mr Brine originally met the group in April, at the l...


19 SEP 2010

Local MP gets tested in during National Cholesterol Week

The nation’s leading cholesterol charity, organisers of the UK’s first National Cholesterol Week, set up cholesterol testing within the Palace of Westminster and Mr Brine had his cholesterol tested.Mr Brine said: “I am pleased to support HEART UK’s National Cholesterol Week. ...


18 SEP 2010

Bangkok Brasserie at Newby Teas Tiffin Cup 2010

Steve Brine MP and Abdul ‘Miff’ Kayum’s Bangkok Brasserie restaurant from Winchester have just taken part in the launch of the Newby Teas Tiffin Cup 2010.  This year a record 74 MPs nominated a restaurant from their constituency to find Britain’s Best South Asian restaur...


16 SEP 2010

August 2010 JSA Figures

There were 853 unemployed claimants in August, a rise of four from the previous month. However, there was some good news in that year-on-year, there are 299 fewer than August 2009.Mr Brine said: “Once again, we have had a fractional rise in claimants, but I am all too aware that the lives of t...


16 SEP 2010

Steve Brine MP appeals to young people

Across the country young people are adopting their MPs to hold them accountable on environmental issues ranging from investment in green jobs to insulating local public buildings, in a campaign organised by the UK Youth Climate Coalition.Over 375 young people have already adopted their MPs, however ...


15 SEP 2010

Steve Brine MP welcomes name change at Winchester Military Museum cafe

Concerns had been raised with the MP at the original name ‘Falling Plates’ which many in The Royal Green Jackets felt was an insult to their regiment.  Former soldiers say the name is a derogatory nickname for heavy casualties suffered in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. &nbs...


31 AUG 2010

Reducing street clutter

He is urging Winchester City Council to take seriously a new initiative from Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Transport Secretary Philip Hammond who are concerned that the character of the country’s urban spaces is being damaged.They have both written to council leaders calling on them t...


27 AUG 2010

A Strawberry Tea for The Square

Winchester MP Steve Brine will host a special ?Strawberry Tea? on the afternoon of Friday September 10 in aid of the charity Breast Cancer Care.The event will be held in The Square, Winchester and is being hosted by many of the local businesses who will be selling strawberry themed treats from 14:30...


24 AUG 2010

Cala Homes seek Barton Farm appeal

Steve Brine has reacted to news that Cala Homes is seeking judicial review of Eric Pickles? decision to revoke regional spatial strategies.He re-stated his view that 2,000 homes on the Barton Farm site would represent a gross over-development of the city not supported by local people and put an unbe...


23 AUG 2010

Bangkok Brasserie Tiffin Cup 2010 Update

The Bangkok Brasserie has won a place in the regional final after being chosen to represent Winchester by local MP Steve Brine in a prestigious contest.The national competition is held each year to find the best South Asian restaurant in the country.This year 73 restaurants were nominated. Bangkok B...


21 AUG 2010

Rob rides for Naomi House

Steve joined Winchester?s very own Rob Carslake at Millets on Saturday August 21st as the 22 year-old economics graduate raised funds for a mammoth bike ride across Europe.On September 1st, Rob will begin an epic 4,500km journey back home from Romania. The journey is expected to take 45 days, with R...


17 AUG 2010

Pitt Manor Permission Refused

New Winchester MP Steve Brine has welcomed the decision to refuse outline planning permission for a new development at Pitt Manor in Winchester.Developers Turley Associates had wanted to build 200 houses on the site, adjacent to both Romsey Road and Kilham Lane. Steve has worked closely with Sandie ...


21 JUL 2010

Passenger Focus Reports on Winchester Railway Station

The research looked at use of ticket machines which it says often fail to support passengers and merely add to ticket office queues.Passenger Focus looked at some station ticket queues where passengers had reported ongoing queuing problems. The research shows how frequently queuing times exceed the ...


19 JUL 2010

Steve Brine criticises BT cost hike

Winchester MP Steve Brine has criticised BT for increasing the cost of landline calls by 10%.The company announced today that the minimum cost of making a call will become 17.3p from October 2010. It says the increase is needed to help it 'survive the effects of the recession.'Mr Brine said;...


19 JUL 2010

Steve Brine chairs All-Party Breast Cancer Group

Steve Brine has pledged to support five key actions which will aid the fight against breast cancer.  The new MP for Winchester & Chandler's Ford was speaking as he took over as Chairman of the All Party Group on Breast Cancer in Parliament.Mr Brine said he was committed to support Break...


15 JUL 2010

Guide Dogs for the Blind- Talking Bus Campaign

He has signed a motion in Parliament which calls on Government to ensure audio and visual information is installed on all new buses.At present travel by bus is made more difficult and stressful for blind and partially sighted people because of the lack of announcements about the route and, in partic...


15 JUL 2010

Unemployment Figures Released

New Winchester & Chandler’s Ford MP Steve Brine has welcomed news that unemployment in the constituency has fallen in the past year.In June 2010 there were 827 claimants in the constituency, compared with 1003 in June 2009. There were also 86 fewer last month than in May 2010. The constitu...


12 JUL 2010

Strawberry Tea Party for Breast Cancer Care

Arranged by Breast Cancer Care, the event was a chance for him to find out more about the charity’s work to support people affected by breast cancer and the issues that are important to the 46,000 women and men diagnosed with the disease each year. And as well as sampling a superb selecti...


09 JUL 2010

Supporting better oral health

Steve Brine, new MP for Winchester & Chandler?s Ford, has backed a call for better oral health this week. Attending a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dentistry at Parliament, he lent his support to the group as it aims to increase awareness of oral health issues.The meeting highligh...


06 JUL 2010

Abolition of Regional Planning

Last week, Eric Pickles abolished Regional Strategies and the bureaucracy that tied up local councils in red tape.To view a letter sent by Eric to MPs, open the attached PDF document below.Pictured; Eric Pickles spent an afternoon campaigning in Harestock in April, where he learnt all about the Bart...


03 JUL 2010

Hyde Abbey site damaged by vandals

“Just when you think there is nothing left to surprise us something like this happens.  I was sickened to hear this had happened, not least because I know how hard so many people locally have worked to mark Winchester’s most famous citizen.  If anyone knows who did this I would...


02 JUL 2010

Hope and Aid Direct Mission to Kosovo

New MP for Winchester & Chandler?s Ford Steve Brine has donated some essential supplies for the next Hope and Aid Direct mission to Kosovo.He met up with John Desty in Chandler’s Ford (after his surgery on Friday 2 July 2010) to hand over a selection of toothbrushes, toilet roll and toothpaste...


29 JUN 2010

Steve to hold regular meetings with Chancellor

Mr Brine is holding a series of small meetings with Chancellor George Osborne throughout July ahead of the spending review which will be held on 20th October.The review will set departmental budgets across Whitehall and follows last week’s budget which announced a series of measures to tackle ...


29 JUN 2010

Steve Brine MP backs learning disability campaign

The MP for Winchester & Chandler's Ford signed the charter at a Parliamentary Reception which was part of the launch of Mencap’s Getting it right campaign, the focus of this year’s Learning Disability Week. The charter calls on health professionals to commit to a nine-point pledg...


28 JUN 2010

Garden Grabbing

Dear Andrew,As per our brief emails last week, short comment from me in case you touch on the above in this week's paper."I am disappointed because I know there was genuine concern among residents that this proposal represents over-development of the site. Since we changed the rules on gard...


12 APR 2010

Steve Brine - Declarations of Interest

December 2010 - See all reimbursed expense claims for the period 7 May-31 August 2010 by Steve Brine MP – visit IPSA website hereSummer 2010 - Declaration of Interest from Steve Brine as Prospective MP for Winchester at the General Election of 2010 (Ministry of Justice) – download the PD...


05 APR 2010

Conservative help for freelancers and the self employed

Personal experience prompts enthusiastic response from Conservative candidateProspective Winchester MP Steve Brine has warmly welcomed a fundamental review of small business taxation matters, including IR35, which will take place if the Conservatives win the General Election.Steve says; “Over ...


19 JAN 2010

Steve Brine - visit to H&IOW Air Ambulance

Local businesses and charities could loose out under plans by the banks to phase out the use of cheques.That is the view of Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine who was speaking after a visit to the Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance at Thruxton, near Andover.  Mr Brine said the Air Ambulance t...


08 JAN 2010

Response to Thornfield administration

Commenting on the news, Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine said; “This is a huge blow and I suspect Thornfield are not the only development company to go bust in this recession but the fact remains this is an increasingly urgent regeneration project which the city needs to get underway with...


04 JAN 2010

Supporting Children's Hospices

Steve Brine has welcomed a new funding system to support children?s hospices announced by David Cameron over Christmas.The Prospective MP for Winchester, who has worked closely with the Sutton Scotney based charity Naomi House since they had funds frozen in the Icelandic banking crisis, said he was ...


07 DEC 2009

Updated Barton Farm comment

“Putting aside my long-held view that a development of 2,000 homes on Barton Farm would be a disaster for Winchester, it is appalling to give people 21 days to respond to an application of this importance just a couple of weeks before Christmas.  Of course I understand the City Council ha...


06 DEC 2009

Santa fun run ... fun

Christmas may still be two weeks away but Santa was getting into shape last weekend in aid of Naomi House.The 2009 Santa Fun Run saw more than 150 Santa’s take part in the fundraiser for the children’s hospice based at Sutton Scotney, near Winchester.  They had to make their way rou...


01 DEC 2009

Comment as Barton Farm application arrives

Commenting on the news today (Tues Dec 1 2009) that Cala Homes have submitted their formal planning application for Barton Farm, Prospective Winchester MP steve Brine said;"No ifs, not butts, I remain opposed to this development. As I said to the Save Barton Farm rally earlier this year, Winche...


01 DEC 2009

Elizabeth II Court wins first major award

Elizabeth II Court has won the accolade of ‘Sustainable Project of the Year’ at the prestigious Building/UKGBC Sustainability Awards.It is a significant endorsement for the aspiration and vision of the project and for the quality of team work involved.The main benefits which were recogni...


29 NOV 2009

Steve Brine - Time for a 'Green Deal'

Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Winchester, Steve Brine gave his strong backing this week to bold new Conservative plans which the party says will help Winchester households protect the environment and save money. Major policy proposals for a Conservative government include giving rewards...


27 NOV 2009

Comment on Martin Wakeley departure from WEHCT

Prospective Winchester MP, Steve Brine, commented on the announcement that Martin Wakeley will leave Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust in Spring 2010;"I have really enjoyed working with Martin. He brought a focus on cleanliness and patient care to Winchester Hospital that was brilli...


28 OCT 2009

Housing benefit system fails vulnerable tenants

Steve Brine has issued a stark warning that changes to housing benefit rules are harming the most vulnerable tenants and actually reducing the availability of affordable accommodation.Speaking after a special session of the Winchester Town Forum (Weds 28 October 2009), which focused on the issue of ...


19 OCT 2009

Comment on latest employment figures

Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine commented on the latest official employment figures, to September 2009 which show a 92% rise in unemployment between Sep 08 and Sep 09 and highlight the fact that there are now 3 applicants for every vacancy within the Winchester District.“These figures ar...


23 JUL 2009

Comment on motocross decision

Steve Brine, prospective Conservative MP for Winchester, has consistently and actively opposed the use of the Three Maids Hill site for motocross.In a statement after the decision (Thursday 23 July 2009) by WCC to refuse the application, Steve said; “I am pleased the planning committee has mad...


17 JUL 2009

High St refurbishment

"Commenting after an open meeting with local parties ahead of a major refurbishment of Winchester High Street, Prospective MP Steve Brine said;"This job urgently needs doing so full marks to HCC and WCC for investing in Winchester in this way. We have clear assurances from Mildren Construc...


14 JUL 2009

Comment on RHCH 18-week target met

Prospective Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Winchester Steve Brine commented on new figures today which show Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust is meeting the Government 18 week waiting time target:“This is good news for local people and all credit to staff at the Royal Ham...


19 JUN 2009

Response to Naomi House decision from Government

Steve Brine commented on the news today of the Government’s decision not to compensate charities with funds at risk in the Icelandic crisis;"Now we know precisely what Harriet Harman meant when she said here in Winchester 'we will not leave charities like Naomi House on their own...


15 JUN 2009

Steve Brine brings Shadow Health Minister to Winchester

Shadow Health Minister Anne Milton MP visited Winchester’s Royal Hampshire County Hospital on Thursday of last week.The Conservative front-bencher - and MP for Guildford - was invited by Prospective Conservative MP for Winchester Steve Brine to see the state-of-the-art NHS Treatment Centre at ...


24 APR 2009

Comment on "insult to Gurkhas"

Steve Brine, prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for Winchester, commented on new rules concerning Gurkhas from the Home Office today;“The Government is trying to evade the effects of a very clear court judgement. This is an insult to the Gurkhas. We have said all along that the G...


23 APR 2009

LDF decision comment following WCC full council

Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine commented after attending last night's full council meeting at Winchester City Council;"In the end the vote wasn't even close, but with great respect to them, I think we are in grave danger of over-inflating the power local councillors have in this ...


22 APR 2009

Naomi House comment

Steve Brine, prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for Winchester, has been a consistent supporter of Naomi House through its current financial troubles.  He organised a Downing Street petition which closed earlier this year with 10,000 signatures and has called on Deputy Leader of t...


15 APR 2009

Comment on Textile Conservation Centre closure

Steve Brine, prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for Winchester expressed his disappointment that Winchester was to lose its Textile Conservation Centre, based at Winchester School of Art later this year.He said:" It is such a shame that due to a funding crisis the centre has to cl...


06 APR 2009

New blow to local housing market

Steve Brine has expressed concern for the local housing market, following the introduction on Monday of this week of complex and expensive new rules around Home Information Packs.The prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for Winchester says extra Home Information Pack (HIP) regulations, w...


31 MAR 2009

Winchester tourism as part of British Tourism Week

Steve Brine met with several key figures from the Winchester tourism industry Friday (March 27).The meeting, which coincided with British Tourism Week 2009, was organised by the Winchester Museum and included representatives from the cathedral and Intech science centre at Morn Hill.Mr Brine, who is ...


17 MAR 2009

Motorcross public meeting comment

Comment from Steve Brine following the public meeting in Littleton – see much more here on this story plus Steve Brine TV links."The level of concern from residents was audible and understandable. The applicants have been given some excellent suggestions out of the meeting this evening an...


07 MAR 2009

Show me the honey

Save our bees campaign launchedA campaign has been launched to save UK bees and organisers are asking all of us to find a space to plant a few bee-friendly plants.  They held an open day at Winchester Intech on Saturday (March 7) which gave visitors the chance to learn about the campaign and se...


26 FEB 2009

Real help for Naomi House

A new plan has been hatched which offers, for the first time, some real tangible help to charities like Naomi House caught in the Icelandic banking failure.Steve Brine, the prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for Winchester says the Conservatives in Parliament are backing a short-term T...


24 FEB 2009

Naomi House reaction to Minister's letter

Responding to the letter from Minister for the Third Sector, Kevin Brennan, received by Naomi House this week, Steve Brine said;"This is a real kick in the teeth for all the local people who have worked so hard to raise this money for Naomi House. There is now clear red water between the weasal...


15 FEB 2009

Steve Brine launches online TV channel

Steve Brine, prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for Winchester has launched a brand new online TV channel via You Tube.stevebrine.tv, which is billed as a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the candidate’s work, begins with four films including several made during David Came...


07 FEB 2009

Vodafone appeal Comment - Leigh Road mast

Comment from Steve Brine following the Bournemouth / Leigh Rd appeal decision in favour of Vodafone."Vodafone are very busy at the moment right across the area with the erection of 3G masts we are supposed to need. This is a terrible decision which I fear has more to do with matching their...


20 JAN 2009

LDF 'Future of Winchester' comment

Commenting on the publication of the Local Development Framework by Winchester City Council and the inclusion of Barton Farm, Steve Brine (Prospective Conservative Candidate for Winchester) said;“I understand entirely the position Winchester City Council finds itself in; they have a legal duty...


14 JAN 2009

GP practices keep the right to dispense medicines / Good news for Alresford

Steve Brine, Prospective Conservative Member of Parliament for Winchester has welcomed the Government's decision to make no change to the current arrangements allowing all GP practices to dispense medicines directly to their patients.Under initial proposals in the 2008 Pharmacy White Paper,...


13 JAN 2009

A&E results comment at RHCH

Commenting on the Healthcare Commission report into Emergency services provision and in particular A&E at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Steve Brine said;"A strong and locally trusted A&E department sits at the very heart of what makes a successful District General Hospital.&...


09 JAN 2009

Winchester unemployment rising faster than average

Figures just released show unemployment in Winchester has risen faster than regional and national averages. The figure of 781 unemployed throughout the Winchester District at end of December 2008 is 79 percent higher than at the end of December 2007, with the regional average being 47 percent higher...


05 JAN 2009

Letter to Harriet Harman MP as Naomi House petition closes

Steve Brine, prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for Winchester has written to the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party as an online petition to the Prime Minister in support of Naomi House draws to a close.Mr Brine begun the petition in November when it emerged the hospice, which is based...


15 DEC 2008

Christmas visit to sort the post at Winnall

Steve Brine, prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for Winchester rolled up his sleeves to help sort the Christmas post at Royal Mail’s depot in Winnall.He joined staff for the early shift to help sort the mail and batch it up for delivery.  He also spent a period learning abou...


04 DEC 2008

Naomi House update following Commons debate

Steve Brine, prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for Winchester says he is “bitterly disappointed” following a House of Commons debate (Thursday) that failed to offer any encouragement to concerned local charity Naomi House.The hospice, which is based in Sutton Scotney, has ...


01 DEC 2008

Naomi House petition tops 4,000

A petition on the No.10 Downing Street website calling on the Government to help charities with funds frozen in the failed Icelandic bank has surpassed 4,000 signatures.Steve Brine, the prospective Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Winchester who created the petition, says it is important in ...


16 NOV 2008

Comment on St Johns Croft decision

Steve Brine, prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for Winchester, commented on the decision (14 November) to refuse permission for a new development on land neighbouring St John’s Croft on Blue Ball Hill in Winchester City Centre.“We said from the very start that any developm...


11 NOV 2008

Cameron Direct in Winchester this Friday

There are only four days to go until Conservative Party Leader David Cameron brings Cameron Direct, his popular series of public meetings to Winchester.Winchester Conservatives have been inundated with applications for tickets, but you can still apply. To have your chance to question David directly,...


04 NOV 2008

Cameron Direct in Winchester

Conservative Party Leader David Cameron is bringing Cameron Direct to Winchester.He is inviting residents from Winchester and surrounding areas to quiz him on Friday 14 November 2008 in the event which will take place in a central Winchester location starting at 6pm.  Places at the event are fr...


29 OCT 2008

Pension reform blocked

Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine has spoken out after “political opportunism” in the House of Lords blocked a vitally needed piece of reform to pension rules.Earlier this week (Monday 27 October 2008) Lords debated the Government’s Pensions Bill and heard a Conservative amendm...


09 OCT 2008

Naomi House Statement

Statement Steve Brine, Prospective Winchester MP following news that the Naomi House children's hospice has £5.7m deposited with the Icelandic bank Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander.The UK Treasury has tried to protect many of the savings in the bank under the Banking (Special Provisions)...


06 OCT 2008

National Advice Week comment

Prospective Conservative MP for Winchester, Steve Brine is urging local people to check they are claiming any financial support they are entitled to.Commenting at the start of National Advice Week he said; “Despite growing worries about the rising cost of living, many local people are still mi...


06 OCT 2008

Gurkha test case decision

Gurkhas who fought alongside the British Army last week won their battle to settle in the UK following a High Court test case.Prospective Conservative MP for Winchester, Steve Brine welcomed the decision;“I am thrilled the courts ruled that Gurkhas who want to come and live in Britain should b...


30 SEP 2008

Comment on WEHT waiting time success

Prospective Winchester MP, Steve Brine commented on news today that the Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust is on course to meet the 18 week target. Speaking from the party's annual conference in Birmingham he said;"This is excellent news for local people. It means we can expect s...


30 SEP 2008

Vodafone mast application(s) comment

Proposed Winchester MP, Steve Brine commented on the current spate of phone mast applications in Winchester . . ."The Badger Farm and Stockbridge Road applications have both been proposed before and they have both been politely rejected before. I remember clearly the previous Texaco petition in...


29 SEP 2008

Steve Brine @ Conference - we will scrap HiPs

Speaking from the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine confirmed help for the struggling local housing market and a new plan for reducing domestic carbon footprints;"The Government is in denial about the state of the housing market but we know that ...


19 SEP 2008

Leigh Road Mast appeal comment

Vodafone have appealed to the planning inspectorate after being turned down a second time (under delegated powers at EBC) for a new 3G phone mast on the corner of Leigh/Bournemouth Road (application APP/W1715/A/08/2084307/NWF).Prospective Conservative MP for Chandler’s Ford, Steve Brine commen...


12 SEP 2008

Comment on OCASSA meeting to discuss concrete crusher at Otterbourne

Commenting following his attendance at the inaugural meeting of OCASSA in Otterbourne on Thursday 11th September, Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine commented:“As the Dever Society showed earlier this year in rejecting the eco-town proposal in their community, well organised and well funded...


22 AUG 2008

Comment on home repossession rise

Commenting on news that home repossessions have jumped by 50% in Winchester in the space of a year, Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine said;"This is intensely worrying and confirms in Winchester the trend we are now seeing across the country. For too long, the banks egged on by one Gordon Br...


20 AUG 2008

Comment on third Aldi appeal

Commenting on news that Aldi Supermarkets have lodged a third appeal to build a store in Weeke (Winchester), Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine said;“This is getting too much like the European constitution! How many more ways can this community say no to Aldi building a superstore on this s...


19 AUG 2008

Winchester needs a Home Information Pack holiday

As damaging uncertainty continues over whether or not the Government will introduce a stamp duty suspension or deferment scheme, Steve Brine, Prospective Conservative MP for Winchester is calling on Gordon Brown to use government powers to suspend Home Information Packs (HIPs) to help boost the bele...


19 AUG 2008

Speaking hand wash alerts at RHCH comment

Commenting on the installation of speaking hand wash alerts on all wards at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, Prospective MP Steve Brine said:“I am sure the alerts will have the power to drive some people working there slowly mad but seriously, anything that acts as a reminder...


30 JUL 2008

New intra-operative radiotherapy service at the Royal Hampshire

Commenting on the availability of a new intra-operative radiotherapy service at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine said:“This is really good news for local women.  Breast cancer takes so much away from its victims and their families, i...


29 JUL 2008

Comment on implementation of Church Lane 30mph

Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine, has welcomed news that the long awaited new 30mph zone has come into force for Church Lane in Colden Common. He said:"This has been a painfully slow process and I know many would have liked it to cover a longer stretch of road but everyone has been extreme...


28 JUL 2008

Comment on St John's Croft development, Winchester

Steve Brine, Prospective Conservative MP for Winchester, commented on the proposal to develop land neighbouring St John’s Croft on Blue Ball Hill in Winchester City Centre.  “This area is a genuine sanctuary from the ever increasing pace of city life in Winchester.  Any develop...


12 JUL 2008

Comment on LDF emerging trends statement from WCC

Commenting on the LDF emerging trends statement issued by Winchester City Council, Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine commented:“We cannot get away from the non-negotiable housing targets of this centralising, bossy Government.  Ministers are holding a gun to the heads of local people,...


12 JUN 2008

Phone Box consultation from BT via WCC

British Telecom is proposing the removal of 43 phone boxes in the Winchester district, as part of a national review.Commenting, Prospective Winchester MP, Steve Brine, said: "If they do disappear I think that's a shame.  It seems as if another part of England is disappearing and we hav...


14 MAY 2008

Ecotricity launch comment

Prospective Winchester MP, Steve Brine comments on launch of Ecotricity with current MP, Mark Oaten on 14th May 2008:"I have always maintained that going green needs to make as much financial as environmental sense, in other words that we need to make it a no-brainer for consumers. As the ...


08 MAY 2008

Comment on confirmation the Travel Centre will close

Prospective Winchester MP, Steve Brine, comments on news that the travel information centre at Winchester’s railway station will close its doors for the final time on Tuesday 13th may 2008:“Following hot on the heels of the nonsensical move of Winchester’s main Post Office to WH Sm...


07 MAY 2008

Comment ahead of Shadow Health Secretary visit, 8th May 2008

Prospective Winchester MP, Steve Brine, commented ahead of Shadow Health Secretary visit:“The Trust ambition to have an infection free hospital in Winchester is exactly where we should be aiming and its nothing less than local people expect.  There will always be set-backs along the way b...


23 APR 2008

Comment briefed to Chronicle ref; 30mph zone for Church Lane, Colden Common

Prospective Winchester MP, Steve Brine comments on further delays to the implementation of a new 30mph zone and resurfacing work on Church Lane, Colden Common:"The County Council has to go through an overly complicated and bureaucratic statutory process for every one of these new village 30 sch...


21 APR 2008

Comment on public open days at Royal Hampshire County Hospital

Commenting on plans to modernise its site and hold a series a public open days at Winchester’s Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine said;“I really hope people will take the opportunity to see inside the current hospital for themselves and have a preview ...


04 APR 2008

Steve Brine welcomes former Liberal Democrat Councillor

Prospective Winchester MP, Steve Brine, has welcomed former Liberal Democrat councillor (Ann Jones) who will contest the St Johns seat on Winchester City Council for the Conservatives on May 1st.He said; “People in Winchester quite rightly expect their elected representatives to put the local ...


03 APR 2008

Comment on Micheldever eco-town decision

Commenting on the decision not to include land at Micheldever Station on the Government’s shortlist for fifteen new ‘eco-towns’, Prospective Winchester MP, Steve Brine said:  “Local people spoke with one voice when Eagle Star presented their latest plans to build on...


04 MAR 2008

Comment ahead of Crown Post Office meeting this week

Commenting ahead of a key public meeting on Thursday evening at Winchester Guildhall in connection with the proposed move of the Crown Post Office to WH Smith, Prospective local MP Steve Brine said:“Everyone has waited patiently over the past year for their chance to express a view on this pro...


24 FEB 2008

Comment following Micheldever Post Office public meeting

Commenting after a successful public meeting in Micheldever about the future of the Village Stores and Post Office, Prospective Winchester MP, Steve Brine said:"What a huge relief, this is the best possible outcome for people in Micheldever.  If you had told us a year ago that we would sta...


21 FEB 2008

Comment on Leigh Road Vodafone mast decision

Comment from Prospective MP for new Winchester & Chandler's Ford constituency (Steve Brine) on the decision by the L.A.C to refuse Vodafone's application for a 14m mast on the junction of Leigh Road and Bournemout Road in Chandler's Ford:"This was a victory for common sense and ...


12 FEB 2008

Comment on start of Crown PO consultation

Commenting on the beginning of Post Office consultation into the move of Winchester's Crown Post Office to WH Smith, Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine said:"The Post Office has been its own worst enemy on this one.  Having procrastinated and delayed over the start of this consultat...


05 FEB 2008

Rationalization of estates at RHCH

Commenting on the business plan and possible rationalization of estates at Winchester’s Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine said;  “I want to see a hospital in Winchester which we can rely on for generations to come.  That requires world-class...


30 JAN 2008

Comment on INFECTION CONTROL figures

Commenting on the latest figures from the Health Protection Agency relating to infection control at the Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust, Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine said;“This is good news for the Winchester and Eastleigh Trust.  All credit must go to the staff who...


25 JAN 2008

Comment on maternity survey results

Prospective MP for the new Winchester & Chandler’s Ford constituency, Steve Brine, commented on the release today (25 Jan 2008) of the Healthcare Commission’s survey of maternity services. “I know the Trust have worked extremely hard since this survey was carried out, espe...


24 JAN 2008

Concessionary travel times comment

“Prospective Winchester MP, Steve Brine, comments on the confirmation from WCC, that concessionary travel times will stay the same."A great number of people had contacted me concerned about the change to 0930 so I am really pleased for them we were able to influence the council&rsquo...


14 JAN 2008

Otterbourne murder - comment on arrests made

Commenting on the arrests in connection with the Otterbourne murder last weekend, Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine said; “Clearly there is an ongoing police investigation, but the safety of local people must remain the central issue.  "If any Elderfield residents are found to be...


09 JAN 2008

Comment on post office closure final announcement

The Post Office have today (January 9 2008) made public their final decison on post office closures across Hampshire.This includes - in the Winchester constituency - the closure of Shawford, the replacement of Micheldever with an outreach service, the closure of Bournemoth Road in Chandler'...


04 JAN 2008

Death of two mothers

Commenting on the death of two mothers after giving birth at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine said:“The very last thing staff at the Royal Hampshire need right now is politicians wading into this issue with opinions and accusations about what happened....


17 DEC 2007

Weeke 'Eco Housing' development comment

Commenting on the ‘eco housing’ development in Great Field Road, Weeke, Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine said;“Winchester desperately needs new homes and this is a very attractive new development of family homes that works well with the local area.  It was great to see th...


12 DEC 2007

Dever Society public meeting ref; Micheldever Station eco-town

PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEIDATE USE Steve Brine, the Prospective Conservative MP for Winchester, addressed a packed public meeting last night (Tuesday 11th December) called by the Dever Society in response to the latest attempt by Zurich Eagle Star to build a major new town in the open countrysid...


07 DEC 2007

Tower Arts - comment on final decision

Commenting on the decision (December 7th 2007) to transfer the Tower Arts Centre to Kings School, Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine, said;“Personally, I am disappointed that this is the final outcome.  We all understand the county need to make substantial savings and the status quo wa...


03 DEC 2007

Steve Brine - comment on Fryern Hill PO

Commenting on news that the Post Office will not provide a temporary facility following the closure last month of its branch in Oakmount Road, Prospective local MP Steve Brine said:“This is simply not good enough from the Post Office. A lot of people rely on the Fryern Hill branch, especially ...


23 NOV 2007

Birth of daughter, Emily Jane Brine

For Immediate release Steve & Susie Brine are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter. Emily Jane Brine was born at 1809 on Thursday November 22 2007 at Winchester's Royal Hampshire County Hospital, weighing 8lb 5oz. Steve said; "We are both absolutely thrilled ...


09 NOV 2007

Romsey-Winchester Rail Link quote

Commenting after meeting the Romsey-Winchester Rail Link bus on Friday 9 November 2007, Prospective Winchester MP, Steve Brine commented; “I am concerned about the changes being proposed, especially the possible effect of even more cars coming into Winchester city centre and trying to par...


02 NOV 2007

Tower Arts meeting comment - after public meeting

Commenting after a public meeting in Winchester (on Thursday November 1 2007), Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine said: “It was fantastic to see such great public support for the Tower at last night’s meeting.  We can of-course play political games with the county counc...


30 OCT 2007

Closure of Oakmount Road Post Office, Chandler's Ford

Commenting on the news today (30 October 2007) that the Post Office branch on Oakmount Road, Chandler's Ford has closed through the resignation of the postmaster, Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine said;"This move will put a temporary but regretable pressure on nearby post offi...


23 OCT 2007

WWF environmental study

Commenting on today’s study by the WWF, which names Winchester as the ‘least green city’, Prospective Winchester MP (and local resident) Steve Brine said:“I have great respect for the WWF but I don’t think headline seeking stories such as this get us anywhere.  Tho...


22 OCT 2007

Blondes licensing committee decision comment

Commenting after the meeting today (Monday 22 October 2007) of Winchester City Council’s Licensing Committee, Steve Brine said:“This is a victory for local residents and for common sense.  People living in Water Lane and surrounding streets have every right to live (and sleep) in pe...


17 OCT 2007

Shadow Schools Secretary visits Thornden School

On Thursday 18 October 2007, Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (Michael Gove MP) will visit Thornden School.He will join Prospective Winchester MP, Steve Brine. 0930 - Michael Gove MP and Steve Brine will arrive at Thornden School and join a history class1000 - They w...


16 OCT 2007

Post Office Network Change Programme Press Release

Commenting on the publication today (Tuesday 16 October 2007) of which post offices in the Winchester area are proposed for closure, Prospective Conservative MP Steve Brine said:"Earlier this year I think we were facing a much wider closure programme in the new Winchester constituency.&nbs...


06 OCT 2007

Comment after Climate Change group meeting

Commenting after a public meeting, held by The Winchester Action on Climate Change, on Saturday 6 October 2007, Prospective Winchester MP Steve Brine said:"Winchester Action on Climate Change strikes exactly the right note on this issue. It is a multi-agency, non-political group utterly focused...


02 OCT 2007

Tax Policies

What the Shadow Chancellor outlined?Abolish stamp duty for 9 in 10 first time buyers by raising the threshold for first time buyers to £250,000.Raise the threshold for inheritance tax to £1 million, so that only millionaires pay inheritance tax. For 98% of families, this will take the fa...


02 OCT 2007

Tax Policies

What the Shadow Chancellor outlined?Abolish stamp duty for 9 in 10 first time buyers by raising the threshold for first time buyers to £250,000.Raise the threshold for inheritance tax to £1 million, so that only millionaires pay inheritance tax. For 98% of families, this will take the fa...


01 OCT 2007

Discipline in our schools

Speaking after the Education debate at the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool, Prospective Winchester MP, Steve Brine, said: "Local parents know that the foundation of every successful school is good discipline. Unless you have proper behaviour in school and proper respect for auth...


01 OCT 2007

Competitive sports will return to our schools

Speaking from the Conservative Conference, Steve Brine backs new education initiatives.Prospective Winchester MP, Steve Brine, has backed plans that would see competitive sports and the spirit of adventure put back into local schools.Speaking after the Education debate at the Conservative Party Conf...


27 SEP 2007

Change in law overdue on home protection

Commenting on the Government’s announcement today (Thursday 27 September) that the law protecting people who intervene in criminal situations should be reviewed, Prospective MP for Winchester, Steve Brine, said:  “The Government have fought us for years when we repeatedly urged...


17 SEP 2007

Residents object to extended opening plan

Residents of a street in Winchester city centre claim they are being driven out of their homes by increasing noise and anti-social behaviour.People living in Water Lane, Chester Road and even nearby St John’s Street say their quality of life, and in some cases their health, is suffering becaus...


13 SEP 2007

Tensions exposed in Pennine Way, Chandler's Ford

Young people and residents clashed in a war of words at a stormy meeting organised by a neighbourhood police officer on the Pennine Way recreation ground last night. (13th September, 2007).In angry exchanges residents criticised the young people present for destroying the peace and tranquillity of t...


06 SEP 2007

Comment following WEHCT Annual Meeting

Prospective Conservative MP for Winchester, Steve Brine, attended the Annual General Meeting of the Winchester & Eastleigh HealthcareNHS Trust on Wednesday 5th September held at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital.Speaking after the meeting he said; “This was a really positive annual meeti...


04 SEP 2007

Tower Arts Centre comment

Commenting on news today from the Winchester H.A.T that a decision on the future of the Tower Arts Centre is going back to consultation, Prospective Winchester MP, Steve Brine said:“Even after several deferments of this decision, campaigners rightly felt the timescales involved didn’t gi...


03 SEP 2007

Steve Brine holds meeting with South West Trains over Travel Centre future

This morning (Monday Sept 3 2007) Prospective Winchester MP, Steve Brine, met with the Head of Stations for South West Trains as well as the Winchester Area Manager to discuss future plans for Winchester Railway Station and its dedicated travel centre.As widely reported, the train operator is propos...


14 AUG 2007

Food hygiene at RHCH

Commenting on news that Winchester's Royal Hampshire County Hospital has received a warning from health chiefs on the state of some aspects of food hygiene in preperation at the hospital, Steve Brine, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Winchester said:“It goes without saying tha...


13 AUG 2007

Keep it LOCAL winner revealed

Little Sanctuary is voted favourite shop by the public.Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Winchester, Steve Brine, launched a unique search in May of this year to find Winchester’s best local shop, service or business.The ‘Keep it LOCAL’ competition asked members of the publi...


03 AUG 2007

Railway station travel centre

Prospective Conservative MP for Winchester, Steve Brine, says any plans to close the travel information centre at Winchester railway station would represent a huge loss to the city.South West Trains confirmed last week, after enquiries from The Hampshire Chronicle, that they are in consultation as t...


22 JUN 2007

Comment on Tower Arts Centre threat

Commenting on a growing campaign to save a Winchester’s Tower Arts Centre arts centre, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Winchester, Steve Brine said: “The Tower is one of Winchester’s true treasures, many of us who live here and nearby will be able to recall some very speci...


18 JUN 2007

Comment on Healthcare Comission Report

Commenting on today’s report from the Healthcare Commission which shows the Winchester & Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust has failed to meet at least two of the three basic hygiene standards, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Winchester, Steve Brine, said:“Coming just a week aft...


13 JUN 2007

National tests are crucial for improving standards

Responding to the General Teaching Council’s recommendations to abolish exams for children under 16, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Winchester, Steve Brine, said:“National tests are crucial for improving standards in our schools. If it weren’t for testing we wouldn’...


11 JUN 2007

Steve Brine - response to waiting time figures

Commenting on Government figures that show just 22% of patients are treated within 18 weeks of referral to the Winchester & Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Winchester, Steve Brine, said:“The Royal Hampshire County Hospital has been battling deficits...


18 MAY 2007

Government forces death of the village Post Office

Responding to the Government’s announcement this week of plans to close 2,500 more Post Offices over the next two years, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Winchester, Steve Brine, said:“I speak to sub-postmasters and shop owners across this area all the time and they are rightly w...


13 MAY 2007

Keep it local competition launched

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Winchester Steve Brine has launched a new competition to find our favourite local shop.The Keep it Local appeal urges people to support independent shops and businesses across Winchester and forms part of the Conservatives ongoing ‘Green Winchester&rsqu...


08 MAY 2007

Call for new help for victims of pension scheme closures ' Steve Brine

Steve Brine, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for the new Winchester & Chandler’s Ford seat has added his support for demands for new help for the victims of company pension scheme closures.Conservatives are calling a ‘Lifeboat Fund’ to be set up to top up the pension incom...


19 MAR 2007

Comment on South West Trains Fare Increase

Commenting on today’s fare increases announced by South West Trains, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Winchester Steve Brine said:“Coming just a matter of months after price increases of nearly 20% at station car parks, it beggars belief that South West Trains are now hiking up f...


01 MAR 2007

Student Volunteering Week comes to Winchester University

Steve Brine (Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Winchester) got stuck in at the City’s University as ‘Student Volunteering Week’ came to town. The week, which is organised by Student Volunteering England, is deigned to raise the national profile of student volunteers by ...


12 FEB 2007

Best Rural Retailer- Hampshire success

Steve Brine (Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Winchester) has backed the high number of local businesses being recognised in this year’s Best Rural Retailer competition.  Steve, who was part of the Hampshire organising committee for the national Daily Telegraph backed com...


05 FEB 2007

Oscar winner comes to Winchester

Steve Brine (Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Winchester) is to host a special screening in Winchester of the Oscar winning film An Inconvenient Truth. The film, which makes a powerful argument on the subject of climate change, is fronted by former US Vice President Al Gore and won...


24 JAN 2007

British Summer Time 'all the time'?

Politicians often claim to bring a little more sunshine into our lives but the man hoping to be Winchester's next MP reckons he has an idea that could do just that. Steve Brine, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Winchester, is backing a three-year experiment that will stop the clocks...


02 JAN 2007

Thumbs down to Eastleigh-Southampton merger

People in Chandler’s Ford have given the first verdict on controversial plans which could see Eastleigh Borough submerged into a new greater Southampton. New Government plans give large unitary authorities, such as Southampton, the opportunity to submit plans to extend their boundaries in...


15 DEC 2006

Axe of 2,500 Post Offices will hit the vulnerable hardest

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Winchester, Steve Brine, has welcomed a Government decision to save the Post Office Card Account but slammed its decision to go ahead with 2,500 closures as 'community vandalism'. He said the cuts, which will start next Summer, could mean a furth...


15 DEC 2006

Stand up for RHCH

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Winchester, Steve Brine, says people need to stand up now for their local hospital to safeguard its long-term future – including A&E provision at the Romsey Road site. Speaking after a meeting on Thursday evening (14 December) of the Patie...


02 DEC 2006

Thousands sign NHS Petition

Conservatives in Winchester were out in force on the weekend as part of a national day of campaigning in support of the NHS. New Winchester Parliamentary Candidate, Steve Brine, was joined by local councillors and activists in the High Street on Saturday morning (2nd December) to collect around...


30 NOV 2006

Comment as Sutton Scotney Development Application withdrawn

Commenting on news that Cavendish & Gloucester have withdrawn their application to build 79 homes on the Old Station Yard and former Taylor’s Coaches site in Oxford Road, Sutton Scotney, Prospective Conservative MP for Winchester, Steve Brine, said: “This is a victory for common sen...


15 NOV 2006

Winchester Conservatives select new candidate

Winchester Conservatives have selected Steve Brine (32) to be their candidate to fight the next general election. A local man, Steve was adopted by party members at a packed meeting on Wednesday at the Stripe Theatre in the University of Winchester. Steve, who currently runs a successful P...


18 JAN 2006

Comment on DTR/Worthy Down

Commenting on the Defence Training Review and the future implications for Worthy Down, Steve Brine (Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Winchester) said:"The contracts awarded as a result of the Government's Defence Training Review are two-stage and it is clear from the announcement su...



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