Monday, 8 January 2018

James Brokenshire Northern Ireland Secretary resigns

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire has resigned from government, the Northern Ireland Office has confirmed.

It is understood he requires surgery for a lung condition.

Mr Brokenshire, 50, took the role in July 2016, replacing Theresa Villiers.

Prime Minister Theresa May paid a warm tribute to the outgoing secretary of state, and wished him a "speedy recovery".

Mr Brokenshire said that it had been "a huge honour and privilege" to serve as secretary of state for Northern Ireland.
"My earnest wish for everyone in Northern Ireland is to see devolved government restored as quickly as possible."

His resignation comes almost a year to the day that the Northern Ireland Assembly collapsed following a scandal over a renewable energy scheme.

BBC         News.

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