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.
James was educated at Davenant Foundation Grammar School, Loughton; Cambridge Centre for Sixth Form Studies; and the University of Exeter, where he studied law.
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
- £5 million fund to deter young people from gang and knife crime
- Removing the Housing Revenue Account borrowing cap: letter from the Communities Secretary
- Government releases funding to replace unsafe cladding
- Letter to Grenfell United following concerns about the possibility of soil contamination: 15 October 2018
- Hate crime plan refreshed to protect victims and promote shared values
- East Hertfordshire local plan: letters from the Secretary of State
- Communities Secretary signals end to unfair leasehold practices
- RIBA Stirling Prize
- James Brokenshire launches £20m fund to help homeless into private rented homes
- James Brokenshire leads Midlands Engine trade visit to India