Politicians pay tribute to MP and former minister James Brokenshire after his death during the fight against lung cancer

MP and former Prime Minister James Brokenshire has died at the age of 53 after suffering from lung cancer, his family says.

Last month, the Conservative MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup confirmed that his lung cancer had “progressed” and he started a new line of treatment.

Brokenshire died Thursday night with his family by the bedside.

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He had been in the hospital since Sunday after his condition rapidly deteriorated, his family said in a statement.

Brokenshire resigned as security minister in July after telling Boris Johnson that his recovery from lung cancer surgery in February took “longer than expected”.

His 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. “

The statement continued: “James was not only a brilliant Prime Minister as both Minister of Security and Immigration at 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.

“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.”

James Brokenshire had previously served as local secretary

Members of the government and the opposition have shared tributes to the MP on social media, describing him as “the nicest man in politics” and “a thoroughly decent man”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “Desperately sorry to hear the news of James Brokenshire.

“James was the nicest, friendliest and most modest of politicians, but also extremely effective. He served with special distinction in the home office and as Secretary of Security.

“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 came back from a first fight with the disease to serve in the government again. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts are with Cathy and his family. ”

Chancellor Rishi Sunak wrote on Twitter: “James Brokenshire was a man of public service and the highest integrity. He was a valued friend and colleague and will be deeply missed.

“My thoughts are with his family on this incredibly sad day.”

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted: “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. ”

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Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: “James Brokenshire was a thoroughly decent man, dedicated and efficient in all the panties he wore.

“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. ”

Labor deputy Angela Rayner tweeted: “I send my deepest condolences to family, friends and loved ones to James Brokenshire.

“He has been taken too young, a real tragedy. James was always professional and friendly, and it was clear that he cared deeply about his work and public service. Rest in peace James. ”

The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Ed Davey, tweeted: “Losing a man is always difficult, but losing such a young man is especially difficult.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Catherine and their children and all of James’ family and friends.”

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