Former Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire dies aged 53

The former Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire has died at the age of 53, his family has confirmed in a statement.

r Brokenshire, who was MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup, had been suffering from lung cancer.

Mr Brokenshire resigned as Home Office minister in Boris Johnson’s cabinet in July, saying his recovery from lung cancer was taking longer than expected.

He had previously stepped down as Northern Ireland Secretary of State in 2018 after doctors found a lesion on his lung.

In a statement, Mr 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 yesterday evening with family members by his bedside. He had been in hospital since Sunday after his condition rapidly deteriorated.

“James was not only a brilliant Government minister as both Security and Immigration Minister at the Home Office and Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office and Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government, but a dedicated constituency MP, first for Hornchurch from 2005 to 2010, and then for Old Bexley & Sidcup for the past 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, particularly those at Guy’s & St Thomas’ in London, who cared for James with such warmth, diligence and professionalism over the past three-and-a-half years.

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

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