Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Brokenshire resigns from Cabinet for medical reasons

Brokenshire resigns from Cabinet for medical reasons

Mr. Eastwood MLA wished Mr. Brokenshire well after he announced he was leaving the cabinet on health grounds.

Mr Brokenshire said he expected to be able to return to work "relatively quickly" after his operation.

Karen Bradley, 47, was given the job, moving from her role as head of the government's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, where she is best known for adopting a tough stance over Rupert Murdoch's bid to buy all of broadcaster Sky.

Political parties are yet to reach deal to restore power-sharing, following the collapse of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Mr Brokenshire, who has been in the post since July 2016, has been expected to launch a new bid to break the impasse that has left the north without a government for almost a year.

She succeeds James Brokenshire in NI secretary, who resigned yesterday (8 January) due to ill health. The operation follows the discovery of a small lesion on his right lung, the spokesman said.

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"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.

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire has quit the Cabinet in the first of what are expected to be a number of changes as Theresa May reshuffles her top team. Even a writer for the Tory-friendly magazine The Spectator agrees, labelling his performance in the north as "hapless" and describing the 50-year-old as "out of his depth".

The Old Bexley and Sidcup MP is a close ally of Mrs May, having served under her for five years at the Home Office.

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

"In the coming days, I look forward to meeting many different people, parties and other groups as I take on this hugely important and exciting role in the Prime Minister's government".

Downing Street sources sought to play down the reports, describing them as "speculation" and "guesswork".

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