Steve Brine co-chaired the All-Party Breast Cancer Group for the duration of the 2010-2015 Parliament.
He worked alongside (now retired) Lib Dem Annette Brooke and Labour MP Sharon Hodgson who keept the issue high on the political agenda.
The Group, one of the best supported in Parliament, offers the opportunity for members to hear directly from people affected by breast cancer and provides advice and information about national and constituency issues relating to breast cancer. It also supports members to ask questions and participate in debates and Parliamentary meetings on breast cancer issues.
Meetings are held throughout the year where MP and Peers can get updated on latest developments in the field and put questions to leading experts. The group meet annually with the Prime Minister at No.10 to update him on its work.
It is supported formally by Breast Cancer NOW (formerly Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Campaign) and supported by the other leading charity in the area, Breast Cancer Care.
Steve handed over the chairmanship of the group to new leadership in June 2015 as he takes up a role working with the Secretary of State at the Department of Health.
Age is just a number - Spring 2013
Spring 2013 saw the group report on a full-scale inquiry into older people with breast cancer. It heard from a range of first hand sources, including older breast cancer patients and their families, partners and carers. The Inquiry also spoke with healthcare and social care professionals, cancer care commissioners, the Department of Health, academic researchers and voluntary organisations to ensure a thorough understanding of the current situation.
The Inquiry reported on 17 July 2013 with Age is just a number; a significant look at the issue of older people with breast cancer. You can download the full report here and read the progress update from early 2015 here.
You can also access the Be Clear on Cancer over-70 website from the NHS
Watch the short-film produced by Breast Cancer Care (BCC) titled Facing breast cancer together, made in the House of Commons at the end of 2013. Features Steve Brine and his co-chair Annette Brooke MP as well as a number of survivors who talk passionately about the fight against secondary breast cancer and 40 years of BCC.
Haven Breast Cancer
Steve has long supported the charity, Haven. See more about Haven Wessex and why the 'Tampon Tax' came good for this superb (now local) charity.
More information and links ...
Follow the All-Party Group on Twitter - @appgbc
Visit the All-Party Group Website (c/o Breast Cancer NOW)
Breast Cancer NOW - website link
Breast Cancer Care - website link
Older women with breast cancer still falling behind (March 2015)
Annual breast cancer reception (Oct 2014)
Politics goes pink for breast cancer (Sept 2014)
Steve chairs breast cancer roundtable (Feb 2014)
Continuing the fight against breast cancer (Sept 2013)
Local MP publishes key breast cancer report (July 2013)
Breast cancer inquiry underway (Apr 2013)
Steve launches major breast cancer inquiry (March 2013)
Excting developments on breast cancer fight (Jan 2013)
Samanta Cameron hosts Breast Cancer Campaign (Jan 2013)
Secondary breast cancer awareness day (Oct 2012)
Steve backs the fight (Sept 2012)
MP re-elected as breast cancer co-chair (July 2012)
Steve hears breast cancer voices (Oct 2011)
Steve visit The Haven (Sept 2011)
New service at Winchester Hospital (Feb 2011)
All-Party Group visit No.10 (Dec 2010)
Watercress breast cancer breakthrough (Sept 2010)
Winchester strawberry tea success (Sept 2010)
BCC strawberry tea party (July 2010)
MP takes over as chair of breast cancer group (July 2010)