Minister of State (Minister for Security)

The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP

Biography

James Brokenshire was appointed Minister of State at the Home Office on 13 February 2020.

He was previously Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government from April 2018 to July 2019.

He was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 14 July 2016 to 8 January 2018. He was elected the Conservative MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup in 2010.

Education

James was educated at Davenant Foundation Grammar School, Loughton; Cambridge Centre for Sixth Form Studies; and the University of Exeter, where he studied law.

Career

James was MP for Hornchurch and Rainham from 2005 until the constituency was abolished in 2010. He has campaigned on issues such as crime, asylum and immigration and keeping healthcare facilities at his local hospital. From 2006 to 2010 he was Shadow Minister for Home Affairs.

James was Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Home Office from May 2010 until February 2014. He served as Minister for Immigration and Security at the Home Office from 2014 to 2015 and as Minister for Immigration from May 2015 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

Before entering Parliament he was a partner at a large international law firm where he advised a range of companies, businesses and financial institutions on company law, mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions.

Minister of State (Minister for Security)

  • counter terrorism – prepare, prevent, pursue, protect
  • serious and organised crime
  • cybercrime
  • economic crime
  • hostile state activity
  • extradition
  • royal and VIP protection
  • online harms
  • Common Travel Area
  • aviation and maritime security
  • Commons lead on transition period (named EU Exit Operations board deputy)
  • fire
  • Grenfell
  • flooding/hurricane/natural disaster relief

More about this role

Home Office

Previous roles in government

  1. Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
  2. Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
  3. Minister of State for Immigration
  4. Minister of State for Immigration
  5. Minister of State
  6. Minister for Security

Announcements

  1. Police given new powers to tackle hostile state activity
  2. Letter to the National Fire Chiefs Council and the Fire Services Management Committee
  3. New police powers to tackle hostile state activity
  4. Recruitment for Independent Reviewer of Prevent launched
  5. Countering online child sexual exploitation and abuse during the coronoavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
  6. Digital minister urges parents to follow new guidance to keep children safe online during lockdown
  7. Response to the Fire Brigades Union on supporting fire services
  8. Fire Safety Bill
  9. Five Countries and tech firms agree groundbreaking principles to keep children safe online
  10. Order to proscribe far-right terrorist group comes into force