ori minister James Brokenshire He has died at the age of 53 after a long battle with lung cancer, his family revealed on Friday.
The 53-year-old father resigned as the security minister in July boris johnson That his recovery from lung cancer surgery in February was taking “longer than expected”.
The former Northern Ireland Secretary and Home Office minister was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2018.
In a statement announcing his passing on Friday, Mr Brokenshire’s family said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of James Brokenshire MP at the age of 53.
“James died peacefully near his bedside with family members at Darrant Valley Hospital last evening. He was in the hospital since Sunday after his condition deteriorated rapidly.
“James was a prolific government minister not only as Minister of Security and Immigration in the Home Office and Secretary of State in the Northern Ireland Office and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, but was a dedicated constituency MP, having first served in Hornchurch since 2005. Were for 2010, and then for the past 11 years for Old Bexley and the Sidecups.
“But most importantly, he was a loving father to their three children, a devoted husband to Cathy and a loyal friend to so many.
“We would like to thank all the NHS staff, especially those at Guys & St Thomas in London, who have cared for James with such warmth, diligence and professionalism over the past three and a half years.
“We would also ask that our privacy as a family is respected at this time.”
Boris Johnson paid tribute to Mr Brokenshire, saying he was “extremely saddened” to hear of the passing of the Bexley MP.
The Prime Minister said: “James was the best, kindest and most simple of politicians, but also extraordinarily effective.
“He served notably as the Minister of Home Office and Security. If the government needed to do something well and swiftly – and sensibly explained – James was the one to do it.
“I worked with him in London for many years and I know how much he cared for the interests of his Bexley constituents.
“His fight against cancer was heroic, and it is a measure of his resolve to come back from the first battle with the disease to serve in the government again. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts are with Kathy and her family.
“His tragic death united people from all political divisions as allies and opponents in parliament paid tribute to his “dignity and bravery” in the face of his cancer diagnosis.”
Labor leader Keir Starmer said: “James Brockenshire was a perfectly decent man, dedicated and effective in all the briefs he held. He fought his illness with dignity and bravery. I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing. I express my condolences to his wife and children.”
Chancellor Rishi Sunak tweeted: “James Brokenshire was a man of public service and supreme integrity. He was a valued friend and colleague and will be greatly missed. My condolences are with his family on this very sad day.”
Former PM David Cameron said: “Devastated to hear the heartbreaking news of the passing of James Brockenshire, long ahead of his time.
“He was a hardworking and dedicated parliamentarian, but more than that, he was a gentle and loving man, and devoted to his family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of them today.”
Mr Brockenshire was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2018 after coughing up blood stains during an event at Hillsborough Castle as Secretary of Northern Ireland.
After initially stepping down before everything was clear, the former lawyer was appointed by Boris Johnson to the Home Office in February 2020.
Mr Brokenshire had his right lung removed as part of his treatment in February this year and said stepping down as minister from his Home Office would allow him to focus on his health.