29 Facts About James Brokenshire

1.

James Peter Brokenshire was a British politician.

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James Brokenshire served as a minister at the Home Office under David Cameron and Boris Johnson.

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3.

In David Cameron's first government, James Brokenshire was initially Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Crime Reduction; in May 2011 he was transferred to the position of Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Crime and Security.

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4.

James Brokenshire oversaw the closure and privatisation of the Forensic Science Service and championed the Modern Slavery Bill.

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5.

James Brokenshire served as Minister for Security and Immigration at the Home Office from 2014 to 2016.

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6.

James Brokenshire resigned in January 2018 on health grounds and was replaced by Karen Bradley.

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7.

James Brokenshire stepped down from this post in July 2021 due to his lung cancer and died in October of the same year.

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8.

James Peter Brokenshire was born on 8 January 1968, in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

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9.

James Brokenshire subsequently worked at the international law firm Jones Day.

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10.

James Brokenshire was elected at the 2005 general election to the parliamentary constituency of Hornchurch, defeating the Labour candidate and incumbent member John Cryer by 480 votes.

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11.

From 2005 to 2006, James Brokenshire was a member of the House of Commons Constitutional Affairs Select Committee.

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12.

James Brokenshire was aware that his constituency, Hornchurch, was to be dissolved for the next election.

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13.

James Brokenshire simultaneously campaigned to be selected as Conservative candidate for the constituency of Hornchurch and Upminster, but in March 2007 was defeated there by Angela Watkinson.

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James Brokenshire next applied for Gillingham and Rainham in July 2007, Grantham and Stamford in October 2007, North East Cambridgeshire in January 2008, and Maidstone and The Weald later that same month.

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15.

James Brokenshire was described as a "serial carpetbagger" by a local single issue party, Independents to Save Queen Mary's Hospital.

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James Brokenshire stated his desire that there would be "no continuing state interest in a forensics provider by March 2012", with the service's role being taken on by private enterprise.

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17.

In October 2013, James Brokenshire published a draft of a proposed Modern Slavery Bill, designed to tackle slavery in the UK.

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18.

In January 2014, James Brokenshire called on National Rail to improve its services, after statistics were published revealing that rail services across Bexley Borough had worsened throughout 2013.

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19.

James Brokenshire assumed the enlarged role of Minister for Security and Immigration on 8 February 2014 following the resignation of Mark Harper.

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20.

James Brokenshire resigned as Northern Ireland Secretary on 8 January 2018 on health grounds due to an upcoming lung operation.

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21.

Hours after taking on the new role James Brokenshire appeared in Parliament and stated, after a question from Andrew Gwynne, that "local government is in my blood".

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22.

James Brokenshire apologised to Scruton for his sacking and invited him to rejoin the commission.

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23.

In 2020, James Brokenshire returned to government as the Minister for Security.

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24.

On 7 July 2021, James Brokenshire tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, stating his recovery from lung cancer was "taking longer than expected".

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25.

On Brexit, James Brokenshire was believed to have voted to remain in the EU in the 2016 referendum, but by April 2019, his position on the "soft Brexit v no deal" debate was described by reporters in The Guardian as unclear.

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26.

James Brokenshire had expressed support for the charity Cancer Research UK and in March 2013 publicly backed their Cell Slider website, calling on all of his constituents to get involved in the initiative.

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27.

In December 2017, James Brokenshire noted blood in his cough, and testing disclosed early-stage lung cancer.

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28.

On 3 October 2021, James Brokenshire was admitted to Darent Valley Hospital in Kent because of a further deterioration in his condition; he died there on 7 October, aged 53.

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29.

James Brokenshire was sworn in as a member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council on 4 June 2015.

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