Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

The Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP

Biography

James Brokenshire was appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on 30 April 2018.

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.

James is also Ministerial Champion for the Midlands Engine.

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.

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government

The minister is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of the department.

Previous roles in government

  1. Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

    • 2016 to 2018
  2. Minister of State for Immigration

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. Minister of State for Immigration

    • 2014 to 2015
  4. Minister of State

    • 2014 to 2015
  5. Minister for Security

    • 2010 to 2014

Announcements

  1. Consultation explores opportunities for flood and coastal erosion management at a local level
  2. Update letter to residents on developments in response to the Grenfell Tower fire: 11 January 2019
  3. LGA Finance Conference 2019: keynote speech
  4. James Brokenshire prioritises social houses for former servicemen and women with PTSD
  5. James Brokenshire announces locations of UK’s first Manufacturing Zones in the East Midlands
  6. Planning application submitted for Holocaust Memorial proposed for next to Parliament
  7. New Homes England board member appointed
  8. Letter to the Grenfell Recovery Taskforce: 14 December 2018
  9. Brokenshire introduces tougher regulatory system for building safety
  10. James Brokenshire announces £5m for new network of rough sleeping hubs