James Brokenshire


James Brokenshire

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Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
Assumed office
30 April 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded bySajid Javid
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
In office
14 July 2016 – 8 January 2018
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byTheresa Villiers
Succeeded byKaren Bradley
Minister for Security and Immigration
In office
8 February 2014 – 14 July 2016
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Sec. of StateTheresa May
Preceded byHimself (Security)
Mark Harper (Immigration)
Succeeded byRobert Goodwill (Immigration)
Ben Wallace (Security)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime and Security
In office
11 May 2011 – 8 February 2014
Prime MinisterDavid Cameron
Sec. of StateTheresa May
Preceded byThe Baroness Neville-Jones
Succeeded byHimself (Security and Immigration)
Member of Parliament
for Old Bexley and Sidcup
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded byDerek Conway
Majority15,466 (32.2%)
Member of Parliament
for Hornchurch
In office
5 May 2005 – 6 May 2010
Preceded byJohn Cryer
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born
James Peter Brokenshire

(1968-01-07) 7 January 1968 (age 50)
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)
Cathrine Anne Mamelok (m. 1999)
Children3
Alma materUniversity of Exeter
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James Peter Brokenshire MP (born 7 January 1968) is a British Conservative Party politician serving as Communities Secretary since 2018, and has served as Member of Parliament for Old Bexley and Sidcup since 2010. Brokenshire served in the Cameron Government as Minister for Security and Immigration at the Home Office, and served in the May Government as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, overseeing the Stormont deadlock.[1][2]

Born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, Brokenshire studied law at the University of Exeter before beginning work with a large international law firm. Deciding on a career in politics, he stood successfully as the Conservative candidate for the parliamentary constituency of Hornchurch in the 2005 general election. When his constituency was to be abolished in the boundary changes, he sought out another constituency to represent, failing to be selected in six constituencies until being selected for Old Bexley and Sidcup. He was elected MP for the area in 2010, on a campaign devoted to preventing the closure of accident and emergency services at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, a policy on which he was unsuccessful.

In the frontbench team of David Cameron, he was Parliamentary Under Secretary for Crime Reduction, and in May 2011 was transferred to the position of Parliamentary Under Secretary for Crime and Security. He oversaw the closure and privatisation of the Forensic Science Service and championed the Modern Slavery Bill. In February 2014, he was appointed Minister for Security and Immigration. In July 2016, under Theresa May's new cabinet, he was appointed the Northern Ireland Secretary.[1] He stood down from this role in January 2018 on health grounds and was replaced by Karen Bradley. In April 2018, he was appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government following Sajid Javid's appointment to Home Secretary as a result of Amber Rudd's resignation.

Early life and career

Brokenshire was born on 8 January 1968,[3] in the town of Southend-on-Sea, Essex.[4] He was educated at Davenant Foundation Grammar School in Loughton and then at the Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies.[4] He went on to gain a degree in law at the University of Exeter.[4]

Brokenshire subsequently worked as a partner at international law firm Jones Day. In this position, he advised companies, businesses, and financial institutions on company law, mergers, acquisitions, and corporate finance transactions.[4][5]

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