Former UK Security Minister James Brokenshire Dies After ‘Heroic’ Fight Against Cancer

© AFP 2022 / ADRIAN DENNISBritain's Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary James Brokenshire arrives in Downing street for a cabinet meeting on April 2, 2019
Britain's Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary James Brokenshire arrives in Downing street for a cabinet meeting on April 2, 2019 - Sputnik International, 1920, 08.10.2021
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Security Minister James Brokenshire resigned on 7 July, saying his recovery from lung cancer treatment was “taking longer than anticipated.” Brokenshire’s boss, Home Secretary Priti Patel, took over the security minister’s brief. Former Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire has died of lung cancer, at the age of 53.
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Brokenshire, who had never smoked, had led a "heroic" fight against cancer.
Johnson added: "Desperately sad to hear the news about James Brokenshire. James was the nicest, kindest and most unassuming of politicians but also extraordinarily effective."
Brokenshire was the Conservative MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup, the former constituency of Edward Heath. A by-election will be fought later in the year or in the spring.
In July Home Secretary Priti Patel took over the security minister portfolio after it became clear Brokenshire was not well enough to return.
The security minister brief outlined on the government’s website is extensive. Responsibilities include counter-terrorism, serious and organised crime, cybercrime, economic crime, hostile state activity, extradition, and royal and VIP protection.
It also covers online harms; the common travel area between the UK, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands; aviation and maritime security; Grenfell; and flooding, hurricane, and natural disaster relief.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the minister also oversaw the functioning of the domestic national security system, including MI5, counter-terrorism policing, as well as the functioning of the serious and organised crime system, including the National Crime Agency, and cybersecurity.
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