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Secretary for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire resigns

Karen Bradley is on her first working day in NI Karen Bradley is on her first working day in NI
Ray Hunter | 10 January, 2018, 02:12

She was making her first comments just hours after being given the job by British Prime Minister Theresa May following the resignation on health grounds of her predecessor James Brokenshire. Newspaper reports cite an unnamed government source as saying Brokenshire is stepping down because of health reasons.

James Brokenshire has appealed to the DUP and Sinn Féin to "get on" with restoring power-sharing to Northern Ireland as quickly as possible.

Despite studious efforts by Brokenshire to be seen as an honest broker, some of the parties said a deal by the DUP previous year to prop up May's government made this impossible. "Whilst the health team believe that will deal with the issue and that I will be back to work - it will take a number of weeks", he said.

In November, Brokenshire was forced to begin setting a budget for the province, but he said a return to direct rule could still be avoided. I send my best wishes to him and the entire Brokenshire family.

"Obviously, this resignation, coming at a time when parties expected to be moving into a more intensive phase of negotiations about restoration, creates a break in continuity in the Northern Ireland Office". Even a writer for the Tory-friendly magazine The Spectator agrees, labelling his performance in the north as "hapless" and describing the 50-year-old as "out of his depth".

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"I have a small lesion in my right lung that will require surgery to remove".

She wished him well with his surgery and said he "leaves the role with a very intimate knowledge of Northern Ireland and I look forward to working with him again in the future".

Bradley was previously Culture Secretary and was given her new role as part of Theresa May's government reshuffle.

James Brokenshire was Northern Ireland Secretary from July 2016 to January 2018Who is James Brokenshire? He formerly served as immigration minister under former Prime Minister David Cameron.

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