British Northern Ireland secretary Brokenshire resigns on health grounds

Hannah Rogers
January 10, 2018

She was making her first comments just hours after being given the job by British Prime Minister Theresa May following the resignation on health grounds of her predecessor James Brokenshire.

The Prime Minister will seek to stamp her authority with a Cabinet reshuffle beginning today amid reports that up to six senior ministers could be axed or moved.

"Despite the challenges and the huge frustrations felt as a result of the lack of devolved government Northern Ireland has so much potential and we can be positive as to what can be achieved in the years ahead", Brokenshire said.

A law graduate, Mr Brokenshire worked as a partner at worldwide law firm Jones Day before going into politics.

"While the operation is expected to address the issue and I will get back to work relatively quickly, recovering from surgery and regaining my strength will take several weeks".

The Daily Telegraph cited a source close to Brokenshire saying that he was set to undergo major surgery within the next few weeks for a lesion to his right lung. A successor to Mr Brokenshire has yet to be named but Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has been tipped as a favourite to take over. "Business-friendly" was one description, however, beyond that they found it hard to characterise the former immigration minister.

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Mr Brokenshire said he had hoped to lead the "essential work with renewed intent" before his diagnosis. I trust James will have the surgery he needs and will make a full recovery.

"A key part of my role will be to help build a Northern Ireland that is fit for the future and works for everyone", she said.

Ms Bradley, 47, has been the MP for Staffordshire Moorlands since May 2010, and became a Home Office minister in 2014.

"We are now well into overtime to re-establish an executive if further intervention in the day to day affairs of Northern Ireland is to be avoided".

He said his decision to step down was the right thing to do.

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