Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

James Brokenshire to continue as MP for Old Bexley & Sidcup after surgery

James Brokenshire to continue as MP for Old Bexley & Sidcup after surgery

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire is understood to have resigned from the UK Cabinet position due to ill-health. He stands down nearly a year to the day since the coalition led by the DUP and Sinn Féin collapsed.

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.

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.

"Really appreciate all of the kind messages", he wrote.

"Clearly, my long term health and my family are my priorities and I intend to proceed with surgery at the earliest opportunity", he continued.

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Since then, he has assisted efforts to restore power-sharing in the country.

In November, Brokenshire was forced to begin setting a budget for the province, but he said a return to direct rule could still be avoided.

Following a meeting with Conservative leader May, 50-year-old James Brokenshire, whose job had been to represent Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom cabinet and oversee, announced he was to step down ahead of major lung surgery, Efe news agency reported.

The British and Irish Governments had been expected to kickstart another bid to restore devolution after several rounds of talks previous year failed to produce a deal between the DUP and Sinn Fein. However, a deal has yet to be struck.

A relative unknown in Northern Ireland, Mr Brokenshire stepped into the spotlight, calling for snap elections for the Northern Ireland Assembly, early past year following the resignation of Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness.

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