Monday, 18 June, 2018

NI Secretary Brokenshire resigns from Cabinet

James Brokenshire has resigned from his position as NI Secretary James Brokenshire has resigned from his position as NI Secretary
Marty Perkins | 09 January, 2018, 01:08

The former accountant moves from her former role as culture secretary, Theresa May's office confirmed.

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire is understood to have resigned from the UK Cabinet position due to ill-health.

She will now have to find a replacement at a time when she is already carrying out a major re-shaping of her top team.

The 50-year-old father-of-three stepped down this morning, citing a lung condition as the reason.

Brokenshire, who has led government efforts to restore the devolved Northern Irish executive after power sharing collapsed a year ago, was stepping down ahead of major surgery in coming weeks, his spokesman said.

He was elected at the 2005 general election to the now dissolved constituency of Hornchurch'.




Downing Street sources indicated the reshuffle was expected to be conducted over two days, with junior and middle-ranking ministerial appointments likely to continue into Tuesday. The first was when she was speaking about organised crime and the second to inform the House that the home office had sold a Toyota Prius there for £3,073.

Mr Murdoch's recent sale of Fox to Disney may have made the decision academic, but in risking the retribution of the most powerful media figure in Britain, Ms Bradley showed a grit that could prove useful in her new post.

Meanwhile, Brandon Lewis was promoted to Chairman of the Conservative Party, replacing Sir Patrick McLoughlin, a veteran Tory minister who served in Margaret Thatcher's government.

Greening said: "Clearly, there are immediate challenges".

Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth said yesterday: "If she promotes this Health Secretary tomorrow it's a betrayal of those 75,000 people in the back of ambulances".

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