Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care


The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Public Health and Primary Care) leads on the following policy areas:

  • NHS transformation, including out-of-hospital care
  • primary care
  • prevention and early intervention
  • health protection and improvement
  • sexual health
  • public health system
  • international health policy
  • major diseases

Ministerial lead for:

  • NHS England
  • Public Health England
  • Food Standards Agency

Current role holder: Steve Brine MP

Steve Brine was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health and Primary Care in June 2017, with a brief including health protection and improvement, international health policy, cancer and new models of care. Steve has been MP for Winchester and Chandler’s Ford since 2010.


Steve was educated at Bohunt Comprehensive School, Highbury College and Liverpool Hope University where he read History and served a sabbatical year as President of the Students’ Union.

Political career

In 2013, Steve was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions. In 2014, he continued in this role for the Minister of State at the Home Office. Steve became the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Health Secretary in 2015 and then served as an Assistant Government Whip from 2016 up until 2017.

Career outside of politics

After graduating, Steve worked as a radio journalist spending time at BBC local radio and in Chicago. He has also worked in business and has experience in consultancy, marketing and publishing.

Personal life

Steve lives in Winchester with his wife and two children.


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