James Brokenshire: Northern Ireland Secretary resigns

12 January, 2018, 06:09 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Britain’s Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley leaves 10 Downing Street

"The new Secretary of State must also be a strong advocate for the region's economic interests - ensuring Northern Ireland's unique vulnerability to a "no deal" Brexit is fully understood across the corridors of Whitehall".

DUP leader Arlene Foster said: "This is clearly a hard time for not only James but for Cathy, his wife and his children".

Ms Bradley is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser.

Mrs Bradley met the Democratic Unionist Party, Alliance, SDLP and Ulster Unionists on Wednesday. Once one of the world's leading industrial cities and now one of the world's largest urban-waterfront regeneration schemes.

Alliance leader Naomi Long said: "We often disagreed, sometimes robustly, but the role of Secretary of State is mostly a thankless task and I appreciate, particularly in the current political circumstances, it is not an easy role to fulfil".

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"I think she's (Mrs Bradley) heard directly today from people that they want to see government back here and if it's not going to be a devolved administration then it will have to be some sort of an administration direct from Westminster", said Mrs Foster.

After the 2015 general election, in which she was re-elected with 51% of the vote, she was appointed to a new role within the Home Office - minister for preventing abuse and exploitation.

Brokenshire resigned in a letter to May on Monday morning, as she began a reboot of her team, revealing he needed surgery.

She replaced James Brokenshire, who.

The politician said he is expected to undergo surgery to remove a lung lesion.

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Speaking after meeting with Ms Bradley, the DUP leader Arlene Foster said her party has "no preconditions or red lines" for restoring power-sharing.

She was born in the Moorlands area 47 years ago and grew up "over the pub" in the nearby town of Buxton, where her family ran the Queen's Head Hotel.

Mrs Bradley then worked as an accountant and a tax adviser for nearly 20 years, before entering politics.

Earlier she had served in the Government Whips' Office since September 2012, initially as an Assistant Government Whip and, after a subsequent promotion in 2013, as a Government Whip (Junior Lord of the Treasury).

"They want government here, they want a locally elected assembly, they want local ministers taking decisions - we want government also".

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Karen Bradley, who represents the English constituency of Staffordshire, was formerly the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

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