Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire resigns due to ill health

Lester Mason
January 8, 2018

A source close to the 50-year-old outgoing Northern Ireland Secretary said he is set to undergo major surgery.

The MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup was a long-term colleague of Prime Minister Theresa May's, having previously worked with her at the Home Office.

Brokenshire, who has led government efforts to restore the devolved Northern Irish executive after power sharing collapsed past year, was stepping down ahead of major surgery in coming weeks, his spokesman said.

Further announcements are expected throughout the day, with more junior appointments expected tomorrow.

The most senior members of the UK Government - Chancellor Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Brexit Secretary David Davis - are all expected to remain in their present posts.

The Northern Ireland office confirmed to AFP that Brokenshire was resigning, as Prime Minister Theresa May plans a wider reshuffle of her cabinet.

Brokenshire's tenure as secretary proved to be a hard one.

"So if that's true I'm really sorry to hear that".

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