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

PUBLISHED: 16:09 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:09 08 January 2018

Conservative MP for Old Bexley & Sidcup James Brokenshire

Conservative MP for Old Bexley & Sidcup James Brokenshire

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Following James Brokenshire’s resignation as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, it has been confirmed that he intends to proceed as MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup after he has recovered from surgery.

It was announced this morning that Mr Brokenshire would be resigning from government.

After undergoing several tests, Mr Brokenshire has been informed that he has a lesion in his lung which needs to be removed.

“Clearly, my long term health and my family are my priorities and I intend to proceed with surgery at the earliest opportunity.” Mr Brokenshire said in a statement.

“While the operation is expected to address the issue and I will get back to work as an MP relatively quickly, recovering from surgery and regaining my full strength will take several weeks. In the circumstances and recognising the additional pressures and requirements as Secretary of State, with much regret, I believe that the right thing at this time is for me to stand down from my Ministerial responsibilities.”

Mr Brokenshire added that following his surgery, his main focus will be on recovery and getting back to his role as MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup at the earliest opportunity.

He added: “With Cathy and my children, I am blessed in having a loving and supportive family around me who give me strength and will help me through to the speediest recovery.”

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