Steve Brine – Update


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Further to our story last night that Steve Brine was one of the 21 MPs to defy Boris Johnson, leading to expulsion from the Conservative party and de-selection from any future General Election, the MP for Winchester and Chandler’s Ford has contacted us to explain why he did it – and to confirm that the whip has been withdrawn from him: “The unnecessary proroguing of Parliament and the bullying tactics of this week only served to convince me… it was time to stand up and be counted.”

Steve told Winchester Today that his in-box this morning (Wednesday) has been overwhelmingly supportive towards his actions: “No-deal, far from allowing us to move on and put Brexit behind us as claimed, would resolve nothing and is only a recipe for further uncertainty and delay while causing significant damage to our economy, businesses that employ my constituents, trade with our largest market, the rights of EU citizens and that’s before we even start to consider the consequences for our United Kingdom. I just cannot support that.”

He admits that it has been a struggle to keep everyone happy: “Representing a divided constituency, in a divided country, is an almost impossible task but you have to find the common threads and my judgement is for consensus around respecting the vote but not for no deal.”

Steve says he knows that the amount of support he’s received is also balanced with those who think the opposite: “I remain a proud one-nation Conservative and fully back so much this Government is doing, things such as the massive increase in school and college funding I have long campaigned for. But we have a major difference of opinion on how we safely leave the EU and I am confident this is one chapter in a long history of my party.”

Steve also says that it’s not exactly been a pleasant few weeks for him: “To say my mind has been in turmoil in recent days and throughout Summer recess would be an understatement but I have always put my constituency and my country above my own self-interest and I will go on doing that as our MP for as long as Winchester and Chandler’s Ford allows me.”


Winchester Today has also received a brief statement from the Chairman of the Winchester Conservative Association: “In view of events in the House of Commons on Tuesday, 3rd September, the officers of the Winchester Conservative Association are well aware of the situation, are monitoring events as they unfold and will act accordingly at the appropriate time.”