Old Bexley and Sidcup MP James Brokenshire returns to parliament

PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 May 2018

MP James Brokenshire has been appointed as secretary of state for housing, communities and local government. Picture: Andy Barnes

MP James Brokenshire has been appointed as secretary of state for housing, communities and local government. Picture: Andy Barnes


James Brokenshire, MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup, has been appointed as secretary of state for housing, communities and local government three months after receiving life-saving treatment for his lung cancer.

The MP announced he would be stepping down as Northern Ireland secretary in January in order to receive treatment for his condition.

Following his recovery, the 50-year-old has called for a more radical approach to dealing with cancer.

Speaking during a debate on cancer last month, Mr Brokenshire paid tribute to the “incredible people” in the NHS for the care they delivered.

He also said that he hoped the Commons debate would result in “real change”.

His new appointment, which was announced on Monday, April 30, comes as part of Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle following the resignation of Amber Rudd as home secretary amid the Windrush scandal.

Following his return to parliament, he revealed that he hopes to make sure Britain builds homes that “the country needs”, and that he wants to ensure that those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy receive the support they need.

Mr Brokenshire said: “I am honoured to have been asked by the Prime Minister to serve as secretary of state for housing, communities and local government.

“I am determined to get Britain building the homes our country needs so everyone can afford a place to call their own.

“One of my top priorities is going to be ensuring everyone affected by the Grenfell Tower fire gets the support they need and we learn lessons from the tragedy so something like this can never happen again.

“As the son of a former chief executive of a council, local government is in the blood for me.

“So I look forward to working with councils across the country by supporting them to deliver quality public services and build strong integrated communities.”

Mr Brokenshire was first elected as the Conservative MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup in May 2010, and was re-elected in 2015 and 2017.


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