Sat. May 21st, 2022

Conservative MP and former Cabinet Secretary James Brokenshire has died at the age of 53, his family said.

The MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup announced in August that his lung cancer had “progressed” and that he would begin a new line of treatment.

Sir. Brokenshire resigned as security minister in July this year after admitting his Cancer recovery took “longer than expected”.

He had his right lung removed as part of his treatment in February this year and had said resigning from his cabinet role in the home office would allow him to focus on his health.

Northern Ireland Foreign Secretary James Brokenshire speaks to media outside Stormont Castle in Belfast, Northern Ireland 7 March 2017. REUTERS / Clodagh Kilcoyne

In a statement, Brokenshire’s family said: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of James Brokenshire MP at the age of 53.

“James died peacefully at Darent Valley Hospital last night with family members at the bedside. He had been in the hospital since Sunday after his condition rapidly deteriorated.

“James was not only a brilliant Prime Minister as both Minister of Security and Immigration in the Home Office and Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Northern Ireland Office and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, but a dedicated constituency member, first for Hornchurch from 2005 to 2010 and then for Old Bexley & Sidcup for the last 11 years.

More about James Brokenshire

ames Brokenshire Mp Pictured at home with his wife Cathy in Bexley South East London.  He returned to the Cabinet this week as Home and Community Secretary after resigning as Secretary of Northern Ireland in January to receive treatment for a lung injury.  See Jack Doyle Story.  May 3, 2018
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James Brokenshire’s family said he was a loving father to his three children and a devoted husband to his wife Cathy

“But most importantly, he was a loving father to his three children, a devoted husband to Cathy, and a faithful friend to so many.

“We would like to thank all the NHS staff, especially those at Guy’s & St Thomas’ in London, who took care of James with such warmth, diligence and professionalism over the last three and a half years.

“We would also like to ask that our privacy as a family be respected at this time.”

Brokenshire was first elected to Parliament in 2005 and has served as both Home Secretary and Northern Ireland Secretary.

James Brokenshire
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James Brokenshire served as both Home Secretary and Secretary of Northern Ireland

The father of three was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2018 after coughing up a spot of blood during an event at Hillsborough Castle as Northern Ireland’s secretary.

He subsequently resigned from his cabinet role to undergo treatment.

After getting everything clear, the former lawyer was appointed by Boris Johnson to the home office in February 2020.

However, the MP resigned from his government role in January 2021 after discovering that his lung cancer had returned.

Since his diagnosis, Mr Brokenshire has been working to promote greater awareness of lung cancer.

Britain's new Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire leaves 10nd Downing Street in London, UK July 14, 2016. REUTERS / Neil Hall
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The Conservative MP was first elected to parliament in 2005 after previously pursuing a career as a lawyer

Politicians from all parties have given their condolences following the news of the death of the former cabinet minister.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “desperately saddened” to hear the news of Mr Brokenshire’s passing, describing him as “the nicest, friendliest and most modest politician, but also extremely effective”.

With a tribute to his former minister in a Twitter threat, the prime minister continued: “He served particularly well in the home office and as security minister. If the government needed something good and fast – and sensibly explained – James was the man to do it.

“I worked with him for many years in London and I know how much he was interested in his Bexley voters.

“His fight against cancer was heroic, and it is a measure of his determination that he returned from a first battle with the disease to serve in government again. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts are with Cathy and his family. “

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said Brokenshire was a man of “the highest integrity” and that he would be “greatly missed”.

His cabinet colleague, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, added: “James Brokenshire was simply the nicest man in politics. A true gentleman. We will all miss him immensely. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Foreman Sir Keir Starmer posted on social media, adding: “James Brokenshire was a thoroughly decent man, dedicated and efficient in all the panties he held. He fought his illness with dignity and bravery. I am incredibly sorry to hear of his death. and send my condolences to his wife and children. “

His deputy Angela Rayner added: “I send my deepest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of James Brokenshire. He has been taken far too young, a real tragedy. James was unbelievably professional and friendly and it was clear that he broke says a lot about his work and public service. Rest in peace James. “

Deputy Speaker and Conservative MP Dame Eleanor Laing said she was “heartbroken” when she heard the news.

“I’m heartbroken for my friend of 25 years, James Brokenshire’s death. We had all hoped he would recover. It’s so sad and so unfair. My heart goes out to his lovely family. We will all miss him so much. a lot.”

And former Conservative party leader David Cameron added: “Destroyed to hear the heartbreaking news that James Brokenshire is dead, long before his time. He was a hard-working and dedicated MP, but more than that he was a thoroughly decent and nice man , and devoted to his family. My thoughts and prayers are with them all today. “

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