Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP

Biography

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.

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

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

More about this role

Northern Ireland Office

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State for Security and Deputy for EU Exit and No Deal Preparation
  2. Minister without Portfolio
  3. Minister of State for Immigration
  4. Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service
  5. Minister of State for Housing and Planning
  6. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

Announcements

  1. NIO transparency data on GPC and spending over £25,000
  2. European Union (Withdrawal) Act and Common Frameworks report
  3. Secretary of State Co-Chairs Joint Ministerial Covid-19 Conference Call
  4. NIO transparency data on GPC and spending over £25,000
  5. NIO Prompt Payments 2019-20
  6. 12th Annual Report of Independent Reviewer of Justice & Security
  7. £17 million government package to protect freight routes to Northern Ireland
  8. £17m government package to protect freight routes to Northern Ireland
  9. UKG provies extra £50M to tackle Coronavirus in Northern Ireland
  10. Secretary of State hosts virtual roundtable with NI business leaders