Ministerial role

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Organisations: Northern Ireland Office
Current role holder: The Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP

Responsibilities

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the Northern Ireland Office, advances UK government interests in Northern Ireland and represents Northern Ireland interests in the Cabinet.

The Secretary of State leads on:

  • Political stability and relations with the Northern Ireland Executive

  • National security and counter-terrorism

  • Implementation of the Stormont House and Fresh Start Agreements, including legacy of the past

  • Representing Northern Ireland in the Cabinet on EU exit, including new economic opportunities

  • International interest in Northern Ireland, including relations with the Irish government

Current role holder

The Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP

The Rt Hon Brandon Lewis CBE was appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on 13 February 2020.

He was previously Minister of State for Security and Deputy for EU Exit and No Deal Preparation from 24 July 2019 to 13 February 2020. He was Minister without Portfolio from January 2018 to July 2019 and Minister of State for Immigration from June 2017 to January 2018. Brandon was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government from September 2012 until July 2014. He served as Minister of State for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government from July 2014 until July 2016.

He was elected Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth in 2010.

Brandon Lewis was made a CBE for political and public service in September 2019.

Education

Brandon has a BSc Economics and LLB Hons (Law) from the University of Buckingham. He also holds an LLM in commercial law from King’s College London.

Career outside politics

Brandon is a qualified barrister and a company director. Before joining the government, Brandon was an active member of a number of all-party parliamentary groups, including those for enterprise zones and local growth as well as local government. He was co-chair of a group on coastal erosion and continues to work with colleagues who represent other coastal towns to highlight common issues in their constituencies.

Brandon served on Brentwood Borough Council for more than 10 years, with 5 as leader.

Personal life

Brandon is married with 2 children. He enjoys a variety of sports as well as reading and going to the theatre and cinema. He has also completed the London Marathon twice.

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Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Julian Smith MP

    2019 to 2020

  2. The Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP

    2018 to 2019

  3. The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP

    2016 to 2018

  4. The Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP

    2012 to 2016

  5. The Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP

    2010 to 2012

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